All Blacks win 51-20 vs Wallabies
Where do I start? This was one of the best games of rugby I’d seen in a long time! Of course, that’s from the point of view of an All Blacks fan. The Wallabies were for the most part pretty unimpressive. Eight tries in a game, six to the All Blacks! That’s remarkable, and so is the final score of 51-20. To put that in perspective, the All Blacks beat Japan last year in Tokyo by 54-6. It’s the highest score by the All Blacks against the Wallabies ever recorded, and the second highest points difference.
Anyway, here are my highlights…
Richie McCaw was sent to the sin bin very early on in this game, at that point where you weren’t yet sure how close of a game this was going to be. However, the guy comes back on and scores two mirror image tries from line outs! Two god damn tries in one game! Richie continues to be a machine.
Brodie Retallick monstered his way through five Wallabies, dragging three down over the line with him for a try! Well, actually the ref ruled that he was held up. I think the ref was wrong, though I had the benefit of video replays. Either way, Brodie looked like a god out there. I instantly thought of Colin Meads as he powered through the gold jerseys. This guy is amazing.
We have no short supply of amazing. Aaron Cruden had what many are calling his best game in the number 10 jersey. I’ve always been a fan of Crudes, and I remember a lot of very polished performances from him over the last couple of years. Games both at the international level, and in Super Rugby, like the playoff against the Crusaders last year where he had the better of Dan Carter. In fact, I think the All Blacks were so so good on Saturday night that some of my focus was taken away from Cruden. However, who could miss his break down the field that led to Savea’s try? Or his over the head basketball pass?
Ryan Crotty punched through holes in the Wallabies defense and delivered great offloads. I thought he was awesome and very trustworthy in the number 13 jersey. It’s really bad news for Crotty to have received the cheek bone fracture and to miss the second half. He now misses four weeks of rugby when he might have had a chance to start against Argentina and strengthen his claim.
Julian Savea made himself a real nuisance to the Wallabies, scoring a try and almost recovering a loose ball after a mad scramble inside the Australian 22 all on his own. He was pretty impressive.
So were the All Black forwards. The scrums were great, and the one that carried across the Wallabies try line led to that rarest of awards, a penalty try! The whole forward pack earned that try collectively. A huge personal achievement for the entire team.
|23/Aug||New Zealand v Australia||Auckland||7:30 PM||51-20|