East Saturday the first level international rugby returned with the first of the two matches between New Zealand and Australia by Bledisloe Cup. Finally, finished equal 16-16 after a high impact finish that led to the game almost 90 minutes into the game. I relived the minute by minute of the game.
At the premiere of both coaches, Ian foster for locals and Dave rennie in the visiting team at Wellington’s Sky Stadium, it was the All Blacks who started better after a great try supported by Jordie Barrett, although controversial because in the previous play Rieko Ione He clearly stepped on the sideline and the assistant referee did not notice him.
The Australian assistant didn’t see Ioane step on the line on the play leading up to Barrett’s win.
After the conquest, the game fell into a slight lethargy that was only shaken by the penalties of Barrett himself and Jamonth O’Connor before going to rest.
The Wallabies surprised by taking the initiative and not shrinking against an opponent who, the few times they had control of the ball, knew how to hurt. Thus came the conquest of Aaron smith just started the complement that seemed to begin to decree victory for the men in black. However, the Aussies didn’t give up and went all or nothing.
Thanks to the tries of Marika koroibete (53 ‘) and Philip Daugunu (63 ‘), the Australian team was within a shot of victory but an erratic O’Connor was not accurate at the posts, as was his rival, Barrett.
After an exchange of penalties, the final agony would come. A real madness! After an unsuccessful attempt to score three points at more than 60 meters from Reece hodge, a epic ending in a match in which the protagonists did not want to leave with just one draw. That meant almost ten minutes of overtime was played, with balls lost, recovered, run to one side and the other … However, equality was stronger and arriving at 90 minutes of time, the referee could decree the closing of the game.
Neither wanted a draw … Almost more than ten extra minutes were played in Wellington.
Next Sunday, the two will meet again for the Bledisloe Cup at Eden Park in Auckland.
All Blacks: 1. Joe Moody, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Ofa Tuungafasi, 4. Patrick Tuipulotu, 5. Samuel Whitelock, 6. Shannon Frizell, 7. Sam Cane, 8. Ardie Savea, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Richie Mo ‘ unga, 11. George Bridge, 12. Jack Goodhue, 13. Rieko Ioane, 14. Jordie Barrett, 15. Damian McKenzie.
Substitutes: 16. Dane Coles, 17. Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18. Tyrel Lomax, 19. Tupou Vaa’i, 20. Hoskins Sotutu, 21. TJ Perenara, 22. Anton Lienert-Brown, 23. Caleb Clarke.
Wallabies: 1-James Slipper, 2-Folau Fainga’a, 3-Taniela Tupou, 4-Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5-Matt Philip, 6-Harry Wilson, 7-Michael Hooper, 8-Pete Samu, 9-Nic White, 10-James O’Connor, 11-Marika Koroibete, 12-Matt To’omua, 13-Hunter Paisami, 14-Filipo Daugunu, 15-Tom Banks.
Alternates: 16-Jordan Uelese, 17-Scott Sio, 18-Allan Alaalatoa, 19-Rob Simmons, 20-Rob Valetini, 21-Jake Gordon, 22-Noah Lolesio, 23-Reece Hodge.