Posts Tagged "Bledisloe Cup"
When Alan Jones took over the Wallaby coaching job in 1984, it became a position of importance virtually overnight.
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The reports, video captions and the back-and-forth debates by the moralists and experts on this site and elsewhere refer to Scott Higginbotham having wantonly kneed and head butted Richie McCaw.
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I had made the comment late last week in the build-up to the Brisbane Bledisloe that it really didn’t feel like a normal Bledisloe week.
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When you’re famished after trying to survive on nothing but basic rations for a while, it’s tough to muffle your excitement when someone unexpectedly hands you a ham sandwich.
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Robbie Deans isn’t celebrating a moral victory but the Wallabies have taken special pleasure in doing what no other team has done in eight years – denying the All Blacks a try.
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Wallabies officials hold fears over Scott Higginbotham’s European tour hopes following his Richie McCaw “cheap shot” which has the All Blacks up in arms.
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So there the Wallabies were, near enough to the All Blacks 22 after a series of hit-up rucks and time up with the score level 18 – 18 against the all-conquering All Blacks. What do they do?
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Following last weekend’s 18-18 draw with New Zealand, a few grizzled old heads will have cast their minds back to another significant draw with the All Blacks in 1988.
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Here is a list of things I’d rather do than watch another All Blacks versus Wallabies game this year:
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Top jockeys Jim Cassidy and Craig Williams, along with Wallaby skipper Nathan Sharpe, had to make critical decisions on Saturday.
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The All Blacks invade Suncorp Stadium tonight as they take on the Wallabies in the final Bledisloe Cup match of 2012. Join us from 9.00pm AEDT for live scores and commentary.
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What a difference a year makes. A Wallabies win over the All Blacks at Brisbane in 2011 had the experts proclaiming that the team was on course to win the 2011 RWC tournament.
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As many of you fellow Roarers would know, I have been highly critical of Robbie Deans when it has come to his handling of the All Blacks.
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If, like comedy, the secret to a successful autobiography is about timing, then Richie McCaw’s effort has made a strong start.
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Australian rugby fans are going through one hell of an identity crisis at the moment. Stung by twin defeats to the All Blacks in Sydney and Auckland, Wallabies’ supporters are suddenly racked with as much self-doubt as the Wallabies themselves.
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I have never witnessed anything more cringeworthy than the after game interviews following the Wallabies’ loss to the All Blacks last Saturday.
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Once upon a time, there was a TV channel in Australia that dominated the ratings. For 29 years straight, it was the most pressed number on the Australian remote, attracting a large viewership every day.
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There seems to be a policy within Australian sport to blame the coach for team failure. What rubbish.
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If it wasn’t difficult enough for the Wallabies to overcome the Eden Park hoodoo, they added another twist in being able to get on the scoreboard since Don Clarke’s sole penalty won the game 3-0 at Carisbrook, Dunedin all the way back in 1962.
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No satisfaction in the predictable result of Bledisloe II at Eden Park. Did anyone really expect anything different?
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