New Zealand accumulates 17 years as Bledisloe Cup champion


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New Zealand accumulates 17 years as Bledisloe Cup champion

Inside the court you can see the rivalry between New Zealanders and Australians. The Bledisloe Cup, which began to be played between 1931 (according to the version of the Aussies) and 1932 (for the Kiwis, in a dissusion that still continues), is a gala between the two selected that frames every year the sporting contest that the name of the governor general of New Zealand, Lord bledisloe, who donated the huge silver trophy. The history says that All Blacks took the cup 49 times, but since 2003 onwards they maintain the monopoly Of the same. The Wallabies, with 17 victories in contention, have failed to lift the trophy since 2002.

Those were years when the figures in Australia made a difference: Sthepen Larkham, Stirling Mortlock, Chris Latham, George Gregan. From 1998 to 2002 the yellow team stayed with the Bledisloe which is the largest negative streak in New Zealand history. In those 4 years he played 11 games and lost 8, a streak unthinkable today. But then the good news came … It is that from 2003 onwards the success of the All Blacks is devastating and the drought for Australians seems endless. Of the 51 games they played in these 17 years, Australia could only win 8, while 43 wins were left to the men in black. Saturday night’s triumph in Sydney, on top of that, marked the New Zealanders’ biggest win in Wallaby lands.

The streak ended in 2003 with victories 50-21 in Sydney and 21-17 in Auckland, however that year Australia would take revenge and win the semifinal of the World Cup that they would later lose to England. In 2004 the All Blacks won again, the victory in Wellington by 16-7 allowed them to be champions again despite losing 23-18 the second leg in Australia. In 2005 the two games were for those in black: 30-13 away and 34-24 at home.

The hot streak continued until 2007 with 3 wins in 2006 by 32-12, 13-9 and 34-27. The year of the World Cup in France, the Wallabies won in Melbourne 34-19 but the rematch was fatal for the yellows who ran into some injured All Blacks who beat them 26-12. In 2008 they played 4 games of which 3 were left for the de black: Australia won the first in Sydney by 34-19, but then fell at Eden Park 39-10, in Brisbane 28-24 and on neutral court, because for the first time the party moved to Hong Kong, 19-14 .

For 2009 they played 4 games again, this time all with New Zealand triumphs: 22-16 in Auckland, 19-18 in Sydney, 33-6 in Wellington and 32-19 in Tokyo. The following year they were measured 3 times for the Bledisloe Cup with one home each and the third on a neutral court again. The winner was New Zealand again with a 20-10 as host and 23-22 as an outsider. In Hong Kong the victory was for Australia 26-24 but the series was already closed.

The year of the 2011 World Cup was also for New Zealand despite the fact that 2 games were played and one each won. At home he won 30-14 but on the visit to Brisbane he fell 25-20. The difference in points gave the trophy to those in black. 2012 saw the first draw of the 21st century for the Bledisloe. They played 3 games and 2 remained for the All Blacks: 27-19 in Sydney and 22-0 at Eden Park in Auckland. The third was tie at 18 in Brisbane. 2013 was all black with wins 49-27 at Sydney, 27-16 at Wellington and 41-33 at Dunedin. It looked like the streak was changing in 2014 with a 12-point draw in Sydney, but like 2020, New Zealand put up pieces and won 51-20 and 29-28.

In the last five years the paternity of New Zealand followed. In 2015 he lost 27-19 on the road but recovered and won the return 41-13 in Auckland. In 2016 there were 3 games with wins 42-8, 29-9 and 37-10. The series the following year was 3 games also with 2 Kiwi victories 54-34 in Sydney and 35-29 in Dunedin, but Australia retaliated in Brisbane and won 23-18. The trophy in 2018 with 3 wins was again on the same side of the Tasman Sea: 38-13 in the visit to Sydney, 40-12 in Auckland and 37-20 in Yokohama, Japan.

In 2019, being the year of the World Cup, 2 games were played. In Perth Australia won 47-26 but the following week the final 36-0 of some angry All Blacks again left the Yellows empty-handed. For this 2020 the tie at 16 in Wellington again opened the illusion but as happened 17 years ago, the All Blacks wiped it out in two games. Clear victory 27-7 at Eden Park and a historic win at ANZ Stadium in Sydney 43-5.


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