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- Rugby Championship
- 31st Jul 2010
- KO 11:00
- Att: 51,409
Australia v New Zealand - LIVE!
80 Carter lines it up ... this will take NZ past the 50-point mark. He hasn't struck it well though and the flags stay down. The final whistle sounds and that's the ball-game folks! Another awesome win for the All Blacks who have all but won the 2010 Tri-Nations with this bonus-point victory. As for the Wallabies? Well, it's back to the drawing board. They'll get another crack at New Zealand in Christchurch next weekend. Until then, thanks for joining us!
79 The stadium clock is winding down,but the men in Black are not done yet as replacement hooker Corey Flynn dives over for a late try! They end this Bledisloe Cup clash off in style. 49 points now with Carter's conversion to follow...
75 The Kiwis are hunting that half century! And the way they're going, they might just get it with 5 minutes left to play. The Wallabies take it up again - Saia Faingaa and his twin Anthony making good ground. Australia chasing a four-try bonus point...
71 Giteau bangs another one over from far out and adds two more points. 28-44!
70 Australia manage to string a few phases together and eventually captain courageous Rocky Elsom crashes over for a try! One more of those and the Wallabies could be in with a late shout here...
65 The home side kick for touch. Dean Mumm wins it,and the Wallabies drive on... they not giving up!
63 The crowd begin to jeer - not at their team, but at the man in the middle after he was unable to spot an All Black guilty of a tip tackle. The Wallabies win the penalty, but that's it.
60 Just when you thought the All Blacks were done, they come storming back and undo all the Wallabies hard work thanks to an explosive run from Ma'a Nonu. He finds Rokocoko who stretches his long body over and scores! The floodgates begin to open in Melbourne as NZ bank their sixth try of the night.
58 Giteau raises the flags with his conversion - adding the two points. 21-39!
57 Wallabies enjoying their best play of the second half as they continue to bash away at the Kiwis. New Zealand's defence is stretched... Giteau with a half-break before getting the ball away in the tackle. It's loose, but Ashley-Cooper picks up, beats Conrad Smith for a try. At last - the Wallabies hit back!
55 The Wallabies take it wide from the ensuing 5m scrum,but get held up and force another scrum. Genia goes blind, but still no way through for the Aussies.
52 Australia have made it from one side of the pitch to the other - and could be over for a close-range try...their a pile of bodies over the line, but it' Pocock who emerges with the ball. He's confident, but the ref is going upstairs. We're waiting for the TMO call...Tick tock, tick tock! NO TRY! Robbie Deans is fuming
50 The Wallabies under pressure again on their own line, but turnover ball from David Pocock sees the hosts try run it back inside their danger zone. They getting desperate, but it's worked out well!
48 Carter didn't bag the five points, but he will get two more thanks to his fourth successful conversion. 14-39!
47 It seems it can get a whole lot worse for the Wallabies after Kieran Read bursts off the back of the scrum and charges for the line - he's brought down inches short. Weepu feeds Carter and the instead of strolling over himself, he unselfishly gives it to Muliaina who runs it in untouched for his second try of the match and New Zealand's fifth!
45 Jane tries to take a quick throw, but the ball is knocked from his grasp. There could be more trouble here for Australia as Drew Mitchell gets called over... again. Referee Craig Joubert of South Africa is reaching for the pocket (again) and shows Mitchell another yellow, and then a red. HE'S OFF! It can't get any worse for the home side. Can it?
43 A loose ball is stabbed ahead by Jane and the race is on! Ashley-Cooper is back for Australia though,and does well do evade Jane, but can't get away from Joe Rokocoko who hurls him into touch - just outside the Wallaby 22.
41 SECOND HALF: Welcome back! The Aussies make a better start to the second half than they ended the first. Genia with a dart, and NZ forced to defend early on here - the home crowd urging their team on.
40 40 minutes up on the clock and Mitchell is back on the field. He might as well have headed straight into the half-time sheds as the ref signals the end of the half... and what a half it's been! All Blacks a long way in front.Can Australia bounce back? Its not looking good....Stick around to find out folks!
37 Carter rubs salt into the Wallabies' wounds with the touchline conversion, his 1092nd Test point! 32-14 to New Zealand -they have this match wrapped up before half-time.
36 Here come the All Blacks! Keven Mealamu finds Tom Donnelly who taps down to Weepu. Carter throws it left, and then it goes right to Jane who dances around Richard Brown. He's over! And that's the bonus point!
33 Interesting change for NZ as Piri Weepu comes on for Jimmy Cowan.
32 Another horrible effort from the wobbly Wallabies at the restart. Robbie Deans must be pulling his air out! Carter pops over another penalty to make it 25-14 to the visitors.
30 It seems the team with a man down lift their game as the Wallabies get a shot at three points. They'll take what they can get at this stage of the game as Giteau takes back three points with his third penalty.
28 Australia struggling at the re-starts and to make matters worse, it seems Drew Mitchell could be in a spot of trouble with the ref after a no-arms tackle. Yip, it's a yellow card! 14-a-side now...
26 Carter finds his range from the touchline and converts for a 22-point lead and we're still short of the 30-minute mark! What a performance from the All Blacks...
25 Despite being a man down, the visitors are firmly in control. Adam Ashley-Cooper - back on his feet after a knock to the head - tries to win the ball back for his team, but the ball squirts out and ends up in the hands of McCaw.... The AB skipper dashes down the touchline and cuts inside for a brilliant solo try!
22 New Zealand in trouble here after prop Owen Franks mistimes a hit on Richard Brown. The ref is having a strong word and reaches for his pocket. Yellow card! Could this be a turning point in the game and will the Wallabies make it count?!
18 The Wallabies win another kickable penalty as Giteau steps up once again and this time he raises the flags. 11-15!
17 Giteau with a chance to close the gap after Tony Woodcock is penalised. He's missed it!
15 Carter unable to add the 2 points with his conversion, but New Zealand are looking red hot!
14 Australia now in possession,but not for long as Jerome Kaino effects a brilliant steal and now the visitors go wide - Brad Thorn with a great pass in the tackle and New Zealand go right, where Cory Jane stabs a lovely kick inside before being tackled into touch which sets up Muliaina superbly for a wonderful run-in for a try on his birthday! 8-15
12 Carter's conversion is good and NZ reclaim the lead. 8-10
11 All Blacks restart and it seems whatever Australia do, the Kiwis can do better after a Berrick Barnes clearance is charged down by Carter - try!!! Would you believe it? Carter making amends for his earlier blunder brilliantly.
9 Giteau fails to add the extras from out wide, but the Wallabies are back in front. 8-3
8 After the restart, the Wallabies find themselves 10m out from the New Zealand line. It's an All Blacks scrum - Cowan to Carter... oh dear, he's been charged down by Drew Mitchell who regathers and powers over in the corner for the opening try against the run of play!
6 The All Blacks hit straight back with a penalty of their own almost straightaway as Dan Carter pops over his first penalty of the night. 3-3!
4 The Wallabies do manage to win a penalty though - a chance for 3 points if Giteau finds his target. It's over! First blood to the Wallabies! 3-0
3 Nathan Sharpe taps down to Will Genia who feeds to Giteau and now the Wallaby pivot has broken clear! He unleashes James O'Connor on his right who cracks on the pace for a 40m run before opting to take the last defender on instead of releasing Drew Mitchell on his outside... thump! O' Connor hits the deck, and Australia's try-scoring chance lost.
2 Play continues though as Muliaina counters at pace - he's found a gap! The All Black supporters in the crowd on their feet,but the fullback is tackled into touch. That will be a line-out - wow, fast start to this match.
1 And it's Matt Giteau who gets us underway! Richie McCaw takes it in, Jimmy Cowan throws a long pass out to Mils Muliana who puts a chip ahead - Rocky Elsom's underneath it. He tries to run it back, slips and then Benn Robinson knocks it on as he tried to help his skipper.
0 Welcome to Etihad Stadium in Melbourne where Australia host New Zealand for the first Bledisloe Cup Test of 2010. The Wallabies are bidding to avoid their worst trans-Tasman losing sequence in 63 years when they take on the all-conquering All Blacks. A titanic battle awaits!
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