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    Australia 20 NZ 15

    I have just seen that Australia have beaten the AB's. A come from behind win
    How was the match?
    Anyone care to relate?

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    Well thats great for Aussie morale on the eve of the World Cup.
    Are you sure it's not April Fools Day somewhere?

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    First victory since 2004.
    2 tries scored while Heymann was sin binned


    Australia 20-15 New Zealand

    Australia had to battle for the memorable victory in Melbourne



    Australia (6) 20
    Tries: Ashley-Cooper, Staniforth
    Cons: Giteau 2
    Pens: Mortlock 2

    New Zealand (15) 15
    Tries: Woodcock, Gear
    Con: Carter
    Pen: Carter

    Australia substitute Scott Staniforth crossed with just eight minutes left to give the Wallabies their first win over the All Blacks since 2004.
    New Zealand started well and led 15-6 at half-time with tries from prop Tony Woodcock and wing Rico Gear.
    But Australia battled back and the game turned when All Blacks prop Carl Hayman was sin-binned on 62 minutes.
    Adam Ashley-Cooper and Staniforth crossed while he was off the field and Australia hung on for a memorable win.



    Australia: Huxley; Ashley-Cooper, Mortlock (capt), Giteau, Tuqiri; Larkham, Gregan; Dunning, Moore, Shepherdson, Sharpe, Vickerman, Elsom, Smith, Palu.
    Replacements: Freier, Baxter, Chisholm, Hoiles, Waugh, Staniforth, Gerrard. New Zealand: Muliaina; Gear, McAlister, Mauger, Rokocoko; Carter, Kelleher; Woodcock, Oliver, Hayman, Jack, Flavell, Collins, McCaw (capt), So'oialo.
    Replacements: Mealamu, Tialata, Filipo, Masoe, Weepu, Sivivatu, Evans.



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    Disgraceful.

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    just saw the second half with a should be happy kingwilly, but he seemed far more interested in da boid he woz wiv.

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    About bloody time.

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    da boid he woz wiv

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    Both goalkeepers must have been very bad to let in so many goals

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    I wanna be, I wanna be, I wanna be a walaby.

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    well we have to give the other teams a fighting chance,,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by beenaroundawhile01
    I wanna be, I wanna be, I wanna be a walaby.
    Dick!

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    You would have thought nooners was a 10 quid pom by the way he carried on.

    kingwilly shaves his legs

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    Loss 'good thing for NZ' - Henry

    A dejected Richie McCaw reflects on New Zealand's loss at the MCG

    New Zealand coach Graham Henry says their loss to Australia may be a "good thing" for the World Cup favourites.
    The All Blacks surrendered a 15-6 half-time lead in Melbourne to suffer their first defeat, 20-15, at the hands of the Wallabies since 2004.
    "Obviously we're disappointed in the result," said Henry. "But it could be a good thing in a couple of respects.
    "It makes us think and hopefully it will be character building and motivational for us."
    Henry admitted the All Blacks came off second best against a side determined to win back the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002.
    Australia will need to win or draw in the return match in Auckland in three weeks to relieve New Zealand of the trophy.

    New Zealand are a great side and are still the team to beat because of their consistency but we'll take this



    Australia captain Stirling Mortlock

    "We had a number of chances in the game, particularly early, that we didn't take," Henry added. "That cost us the game.
    "But they finished stronger than we did. I thought the Australians played particularly strongly in the last 20 minutes and deserved their win.
    "The took their opportunities and played for the full 80 minutes.
    "It is better to lose now than in the World Cup in October. This side does not lose very often and hopefully we will learn from this."
    All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw, who has seen his side top the world rankings since June 2004, said the defeat had been a "reality check".
    "We had them on the ropes at half-time and had we scored early in the second half it might have been a different matter," he said. "But we all know the Wallabies never lie down.
    "It's a reality check but there's a lot of rugby left this year."
    Australia celebrate Scott Staniforth's winning try

    New Zealand had led through tries from Tony Woodcock and Rico Gear but Australia scored 14 unanswered points in the second half with scores from Adam Ashley-Cooper and Scott Staniforth.
    "We didn't play well in the first half, we scrambled to keep ourselves in the game," said Australian coach John Connolly.
    "You know what you've got to do to beat the All Blacks, it's just so hard to do because they're so good."
    Australia were led admirably by skipper Stirling Mortlock who was a constant threat and created the winning Staniforth try with a blistering break.
    "We had some issues to address at half-time and thankfully we came out and did that," he said. "It was a great effort by us and it has been a long time coming. "New Zealand are a great side and are still the team to beat because of their consistency but we'll take this."




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    How's that Mortlock eh?

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    Larkham seizes chance as All Blacks lose control



    Australia 20 - 15 New Zealand

    Sunday July 1, 2007
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    Extraordinary. A game that was drifting towards a routine conclusion suddenly became a thriller and an upset. A certain away win became a domestic boost for the Australian game and for the rest of the rugby-playing world. The All Blacks lost. Four words that were not expected to be written this year.
    Having last week in South Africa won a game they looked like losing, the All Blacks lost at the Melbourne Cricket Ground a game that they controlled from start to minute 61. And then, just past the hour, Marius Jonker, of South Africa, sent Carl Hayman to the sin bin.
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    The referee had just warned the All Black captain Richie McCaw that he was in the mood to show a yellow card - Aaron Mauger had made a blatant entry through the side door at a ruck - when prop Hayman ripped the ball to his side while lying on the ground. Off he went for 10 minutes.
    And over went Australia for two stunning tries, both initiated by Stephen Larkham. The outside-half made a break for the first and found the supporting Lote Tuqiri. The killer pass, however, came not from either of these, but from second-row Nathan Sharpe who gave Adam Ashley-Cooper an extra inch of room on the outside. There was still much to do, but the wing went inside Rico Gear, under McCaw and round Chris Jack.
    For the second try, Larkham sent a wonderful set-piece pass to Stirling Mortlock whose angle took him inside Luke McAlister. The Australia captain then accelerated clear before offering an overhead pass to Scott Staniforth.
    By the time Hayman returned there was little he could do to stop the home forwards, who had been outgunned all over the park all evening, wind down the final few minutes with consummate efficiency.
    How different the end was from the start. From the very outset, when Julian Huxley kicked the ball straight into touch, New Zealand had everything going their way.
    They made a terrible mess of the Australia scrum, pinched line-out ball on Stephen Moore's throw, while behind the forwards their rushing blitz defence befuddled Larkham and rattled the Wallabies' passing game. Only a grubber kick by Larkham behind that aggressive defensive rush - Mortlock had the ball knocked out of his grasp by Joe Rokocoko in the in-goal area - offered a glimpse of a way through.
    That moment aside, the All Blacks were in total control. Tony Woodcock scored the first try - and his first try for the All Blacks - when he dived over from two feet, a greater amount of territory having been gained by McAlister, after an inside flip from Mauger.
    A free-kick against the wobbling Wallaby scrum led to another try, McAlister releasing Gear on the line. The All Blacks were nine points ahead - Mortlock managed a couple of penalties - and were running the show.
    The Wallabies did perk up in the second half. Tuqiri ran hard into midfield, but as fast as the winger went forwards, the pack went backwards at a greater pace. Their scrum was destroyed. Stephen Hoiles, on after half time for Wycliff Palu, performed heroics to deliver any sort of ball from the ruins of the set piece.
    Only two things were going slightly wrong for the visitors. If they had little difficulty containing Australia, they could not score themselves. Dan Carter had another human day, missing a penalty.
    They were also increasingly getting on the referee's nerves with their antics at the breakdown. The All Blacks' spin doctors for years have painted a picture of New Zealand blamelessness at the tackle area. They love to compete fairly for the ball, they say.
    However, the truth is that they very reluctantly allow their opponents to clear the ball quickly. And anything that involves slowing the ball up on all occasions is automatically suspicious. The All Blacks are masters of the dark arts of ball-fiddling. As it were. This once, they were nabbed. Perhaps it was Mauger's blatant side-entry that exposed them. Perhaps it was just a nagging feeling that they must be doing something wrong. Anyway, it led to Hayman's temporary absence and Australia's remarkable turnaround. New life in the Tri-Nations. New hope around the rugby world.

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    I saw the whole and I now like Rugby and I'm learning the terms and rules. I saw the South African-ALL Black game, too.

    Great sport I want to know more about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troubled View Post
    They were also increasingly getting on the referee's nerves with their antics at the breakdown. The All Blacks' spin doctors for years have painted a picture of New Zealand blamelessness at the tackle area. They love to compete fairly for the ball, they say.
    However, the truth is that they very reluctantly allow their opponents to clear the ball quickly. And anything that involves slowing the ball up on all occasions is automatically suspicious. The All Blacks are masters of the dark arts of ball-fiddling. As it were. This once, they were nabbed. Perhaps it was Mauger's blatant side-entry that exposed them. Perhaps it was just a nagging feeling that they must be doing something wrong. Anyway, it led to Hayman's temporary absence and Australia's remarkable turnaround. New life in the Tri-Nations. New hope around the rugby world.

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    Anybody would think that the Aussies were blameless.They are a bunch of pricks...every-bloody-one-of-them..and their famlies.

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    Sour Grapes?
    Perhaps the fact that the article quoted was from a British newspaper escaped your attention.

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    I watched it and I have the feeling the Aussies cheated, that last goal was definitely hand ball

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Perhaps the fact that the article quoted was from a British newspaper escaped your attention.
    Not at all.Typical kiwi bashing suckhole journalist...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Chuchok View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Perhaps the fact that the article quoted was from a British newspaper escaped your attention.
    Not at all.Typical kiwi bashing suckhole journalist...

    ^ I Would be interestd to hear how the defeat went over in the NZ press.
    Any ideas?

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    From NZ Herald

    Rugby: Mortlock gives ABs reality check

    5:00AM Sunday July 01, 2007
    By Gregor Paul




    New Zealand's nemesis, Stirling Mortlock, reckons New Zealanders have
    to accept it could take yet more time before a champion centre is found.
    The Wallabies skipper, who was instrumental in the unexpected Wallaby win last night, had a simple answer when asked why New Zealand have struggled to find an adequate replacement for Tana Umaga.


    "I thought Tana Umaga was the best No 13 in the world for a number of years," said Mortlock. "It is going to take time to replace him."
    While true, those words will provide little solace for a country that will no doubt be gripped by self-obsessed panic in the wake of this defeat. Since Umaga's retirement at the end of 2005, no one has yet delivered a string of convincing performances in the All Black No 13 jersey.
    Mils Muliaina has probably been the best. Conrad Smith has had his moments and Isaia Toeava is promising.
    Others such as Ma'a Nonu and Casey Laulala have had a go and never really looked quite up to test standard.



    Last night Luke McAlister was asked to play out of position as a result of an alarming injury toll. Assistant coach Wayne Smith refused to be critical. Which was fair enough. The youngster gave it his all in a position in which he has only had fleeting first-class experience.


    Mortlock is a seasoned professional. One of the best centres in the world and he loves playing the All Blacks. He especially loves it when he senses they have been daft enough to throw some rookie out there against him.
    "I thought Stirling played very well," said Smith.
    "He typified the Australian performance. He ran hard and chased the kicks well, made some critical line breaks and I think we have to take our hats off to him.
    "Our boys put a lot of effort in and in the circumstances I thought they did very well."


    The good news for New Zealand is that Toeava is expected to be fit in time to be considered for selection against South Africa in Christchurch on July 14 and Smith made it through 60 minutes of club rugby in Wellington.
    One of them, or maybe Muliaina, needs to front up in Christchurch and again a week later in Auckland for the Bledisloe return. Only by delivering against the very best can New Zealanders start to believe that their Achilles heel will go unexposed when they get to France later this year.

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    [quote=Little Chuchok;336312]
    those words will provide little solace for a country that will no doubt be gripped by self-obsessed panic in the wake of this defeat. quote]

    Youre kidding me yes?
    One defeat, albeit a narrow one, which would probably have been averted but for Heymann's sinbinning.

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    They are expected to win every game.Personally,I think this loss will do them good.

    from wiki..

    The All Blacks have a positive win record against every nation they have played. They have won 309 of the 418 matches played, a win percentage of 73.92&#37;

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