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- January 2007
There were moments during the Brisbane Test when I thought the Bledisloe Cup and Tri-Nations were lost to New Zealand. Jonathan Kaplan was whistling up a storm at the breakdown, not allowing time for a real contest on the ground, so there was never a margin for the All Black loose forwards to gain their […]
Robbie Deans and the Wallabies pulled off a tremendous victory in Durban. The Springboks had been humiliated 0-19 a week before by the All Blacks in Cape Town, and everyone was certain that a backlash would follow directly.
You could break down the scoring sequence of Saturday’s test into fairly simple notation, and by doing so get almost a more complete a picture than any prose might describe, not needing to delve further… either by romanticising the occasion or betraying partiality, mentioning ratios of endeavour / success or the stoicism of any defensive […]
The All Blacks staged one of their more memorable turnarounds in recent times with a 39-10 drubbing of the Wallabies at Eden Park on Saturday night, and in doing so showed themselves to be a unit with real fortitude.
It’s impossible to know whether Richie McCaw would have made a difference to the awful result on Saturday night. Daniel Braid’s suitability as McCaw’s understudy aside, it’s not like Braid had actually been understudying him. He was brought in late and made to sweat on selection for a week.
Schalk Burger is absolutely loving this, playing the All Blacks without Jerry Collins breathing down his neck. The absence of Richie McCaw is another matter.