Posts Tagged "All Blacks"

Newcastle Knights young gun Kalyn Ponga has expressed a possible desire to play for the All Blacks.

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It was all so very, very different 40 or 50 years ago. In the good old days, the lineout was a free-for-all.

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As the Aussies stare down another Bledisloe series defeat, they should take heart from the flamboyant French, who recently showed that the Kiwis can be unsettled – even at home.

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Last Sunday morning I awoke just as the watery winter sun was casting its early cold light through the trees. Typically, I lay there dozing for a few minutes defragging my brain.

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Ultimately, the history books will show only a 38-13 defeat from last Saturday night, and a new All Blacks record for most points scored in the second half of a Bledisloe Cup Test.

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Praise from their Rugby Championship rivals is barely registering with the All Blacks, who say they can go to another gear.

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It was Phil Kearns, of all people, who made the most pertinent observation about the lack of rugby nous in the Wallabies’ ranks as the dominant All Blacks unleashed attack after attack towards the end of their 38-13 victory in the first Bledisloe Cup Test.

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Over the weekend there was cause to reflect on the champion qualities of Aretha Franklin, Sam Whitelock and the remarkable racehorse, Winx. Also on display were the aspirations of Michael Cheika’s Wallabies.

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Many Wallabies fans allowed ourselves to dream of Bledisloe glory, right up until – in the shadows of halftime – Aaron Smith crossed for the first of the All Blacks’ 38 points.

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Change isn’t part of Michael Cheika’s DNA, but with Israel Folau out injured, and in light of Saturday’s pathetic second-half Bledisloe Cup performance, it’s time the current Wallabies need, and deserve, a reality check.

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The All Blacks annihilated the Wallaby lineout, stealing seven and winning six penalties at scrum time.

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The first Bledisloe Cup game did not go to plan for Michael Cheika and his men last night, with the All Blacks proving too good yet again.

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After all the excitement of the lead-up, the hope, the optimism and the speculation, the first week of the Rugby Championship is over and things pretty much went exactly as most people expected.

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The results are in! Yesterday, we asked you to rate the Wallabies side that took to the field in Bledisloe 1, and now we’ve added up the data from all of our responders to bring your our DIY player ratings from the third Test.

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The All Blacks have beaten the Wallabies by a good margin, 38-13, in the opening game of the Rugby Championship and take a 1-0 lead in the Bledisloe, the result likely made worse by an ankle injury to Israel Folau.

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The Wallabies have copped an All Black beatdown in game 1 of the 2018 Bledisloe Cup, coming off the lesser by 25 points at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

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The Wallabies have yet another chance to break their Bledisloe Cup drought when they host the All Blacks tonight in the first Test. This is The Roar’s guide to watching the game online and on TV.

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Match result: The All Blacks have a taken a 1-0 lead in the race for the 2018 Bledisloe Cup, defeating the Wallabies 38-13 at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

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It is roughly 9:45pm on the 3rd of August 2002. (Most of) ANZ Stadium is standing, with bated breath, as Matt Burke stands over an 81st minute penalty. The siren has sounded, and his Wallabies are down by a point, 14-13.

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The Brad Shields and Pete Samu debate has been used to perpetrate the New Zealand poaching myth… again.

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