Wallabies defeat All Blacks in Tri Nations decider
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The Wallabies have defeated the All Blacks in a gripping Tri Nations final at Suncorp Stadium 25 points to 20, breaking a ten year Tri Nations drought.
In James Horwill’s first Test as captain, the Wallabies went to the break leading 20 points to 3, after overwhelming an All Blacks side in the first half in front of a crowd of 51,858.
Tries in the first half went to Will Genia and Radike Samo, with Quade Cooper converting both and hitting two penalties.
But within 20 minutes of the second half, the All Blacks had scored 17 points and levelled the match 20 all.
After the break, Dan Carter hit a penalty, then shortly after Conrad Smith crossed the line for an easy try.
In the worst outcome possible, Ma’a Nonu scored again for the All Blacks six minutes later.
The successful conversion levelled the scores at 20 points all.
But with the game slipping from their hands, the Wallabies mustered the ball, Genia scooted past the referee Barnes, into a gap and offloaded to Digby Ioane, who then passed to Beale just before the line for a try.
A gripping but less expansive period unfolded with the Wallabies and All Blacks looking to reserves to get them over the line.
A last minute attack from the All Blacks was nullified after a pass was intercepted by the Wallabies. The forwards hung onto the ball before a penalty right on fulltime saw Australia defeat New Zealand and win the Tri Nations. The last time Australia held the trophie, Will Genia was a 13 year old boy.
Earlier in the first half, Radike Samo scored a memorable try by making one of season’s best breaks, which he finished with a sprint to the line. Samo’s speed was like a man running in a dream, but he somehow got his old legs over the line before the defence hit him.
Watch Samo’s try:
The Wallabies regain the Tri Nations title and go into the Rugby World Cup with form on the board. Amazingly, the All Blacks go into a home Rugby World Cup with two losses in a row and far from being favourites.
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