The Bledisloe Cup It has been played since 1932 and is a clash between Australia and New Zealand that ignites the rivalry of these two islands separated by the Tasman Sea. They get to play 4 times a year, like in 2020, but Almost two decades ago, especially after the 2003 World Cup, the supremacy of the All Blacks was only rarely disrupted.. In order to add 5 wins, Australia took a decade and the 24-22 victory on Saturday night in Sydney returned the smile to the wallabies in this 2020.
In the second decade of the 21st century They met 34 times: New Zealand won 25, Australia 6 and tied 3. The last time the yellow team brought the black team to their knees, prior to today’s win, was the 10 Aug 2019 on a night when wing Reece Hodge was intractable and scored 2 of the 6 tries they gave the New Zealanders and won 47-26 with a great second half. The triumph before the World Cup in Japan set off all the alarms in Richie Mo’unga and Beauden Barrett’s country.
To find another Australian victory you have to go until 2017 that already had the series defined by the black triumphs in Dunedin and Sydney. Once again Reece Hodge was the protagonist with a try which was joined by Israel Folau and Marika Koroibete. A conversion by Bernard Foley and two penalties by Hodge sealed the 23-18 win in Brisbane. So, cut a 7-game winning streak for the New Zealanders.
Ran the year 2015 and it was the year of the World Cup in England. In a Rugby Championship with fewer matches Australia beat him 27-19 the first match of the series, which did not help him to win the Bledisloe Cup as he lost the second leg 41-13 in Auckland, but it was enough to stay with the Rugby Championship and break a 3-year hegemony of black laurels. More reasons to party? Yes, a 4-year losing streak was snapped. However, the icing on the cake was once again in New Zealand’s hands with a 34-17 win at Twickenham and the World Cup.
In 2011, again the year of the World Cup, the All Blacks stayed with the first game 30-14 at Eden Park, but in Brisbane Australia brought out the best of his game to take the victory 25-20 with tries from Will Genia, Radike Samo and Kurtley Beale plus 2 conversions and 2 penalties from Quade Cooper. The winner of the Bledisloe Cup was defined at Eden Park and there New Zealand won 20-6.
At the end of the first decade the idea of expanding this beautiful rivalry that rugby has and seducing Asian countries led to playing matches in other countries. The chosen places were Hong Kong and Japan and on Chinese soil is where Australia scored their first neutral court win in 2010. Although the series was defined by the 3 wins for those in black, with a try by a young James O’Connor in the last minute that he converted Australia won 26-24 and he achieved something that nobody could that year: beat New Zealand who had 14 wins in a row in a golden year. In passing they also left behind 10 losses in a row in duels between them.