Bledisloe Cup 2022: Wallabies v All Blacks – Live Rugby Championship | Bledisloe Cup


Key events

13 mins: An attacking penalty against the Wallabies after finally putting their mitts on the ball. Holloway secures the clean ball from a lineout on the right and the ball winds through the field. Kellaway joins the line from the back as his team advances. But Jordan takes the ball back and wins another AB bullpen.

Sadness! Australia 0-10 New Zealand (Mo’unga, 11)

He hits it so well. This pen came out of the back from relentless pressure on the ground and during the collision. A clean strike takes the cushion beyond a few scores.

10 minutes: Mo’ongu starts flat but finds space. The Wallabies return the favor but the All Blacks go up the pitch thanks to a blistering run from Clarke. Lots of runners on either side with big prop De Groot also getting involved. The Walalbies almost stole a turnover but encroached on the floor. Penalty for the All Blacks.

9 mins: It was a tough kick and Barrett can’t find his radar. Pull lightly.

8 mins: It’s one-way traffic. James Slipper spits a scrum penalty after some handling errors in the air for the Wallabies. Jordie Barrett steps in to aim from a distance and on the angle.

TRY! Australia 0-7 New Zealand (Taukei’aho, 3)

It’s a dream start for the All Blacks who have been slow to come out of the blocks this year. Not this time. A third lineout from line contact distance sees Retallick recover. A maul forms with several backs joining the thrust. Eventually it rumbles with Taukei’aho emerging with the ball. Mo’unga makes a difficult conversion easy.

1 minute: It’s a good start for the Wallabies. Holloway misses the kick-off and Foketi is pushed into the sideline to give the All Blacks an early lead in the line-up.

He goes to the back where Whitelock recovers. The Wallaby’s counter-push is ruled illegal and the All Blacks are given a penalty. They put him back in contact at 5 meters.

Australians for one boomerang shape to face the Haka. I always love it when teams do something a little different to respond to the New Zealand battle cry.

Oh! They advance. They advanced on the Haka. Australians are ready for it! Game on!

Here are the finished hymns. Two beautiful interpretations of the main actors of the musical hamilton. Both teams are hoping this can revolutionize their game plan. Look what I did there?

First of all a moment of silence for Queen Elizabeth.

50 for Koroibete. The flying winger talks about his milestone. One of only four Australian wingers to do so.

Scenes! Marvel Stadium looks amazing! I’m watching from London but oh man, this is a stadium that’s blown off the bucket list. What a step! We are almost there.

What’s your favorite Wallabies vs. All Blacks clash? Mine is this one, with Jonah Lomu winning it in the death. The best bit though is Christian Cullen – the absolute maniac – chipping away and chasing after even the last horn with his team already in the lead. That’s why he was my favorite (non-Springbok) player when I was a kid.

All eyes are on Scott Barrett. Blindside has been a problem for the All Blacks for some time now. And with Shannon Frizell injured, the burliest of the Barrett brothers goes from his favorite locked position to freedom for this clash against the Australians.

It’s a formula that worked for South Africa and England. Pieter Steph du Toit and Courtney Lawes started their careers at the lock but are now among the pre-eminent flankers in world rugby.

His coach backs him in this role: “We were really happy with his testing against Ireland,” said Ian Foster. “Circumstances meant that we didn’t go back, but it’s an option that we clearly want to keep and use and it’s a great opportunity for that.”

Either way, the Australians will be looking to isolate him at every opportunity.

We mentioned George Gregan’s tackle, referencing a baffling intervention that denied the All Blacks a winning try in 1994 – the last time these two sides met on a school night – and here it is. Skip to 1:57 if you don’t like the preamble, but the buildup is worth it if you have a few minutes.

How good is it? It may be a midweek encounter, but Melbourne came out strong!

All Blacks XV. Notice something? Or should I say, notice anyone. Anyone missing that is. Ardie Savea, for me the best All Black of the moment, is unavailable because he is alongside his companion for the birth of his third child. This means it will be a big test for Hoskins Sotutu who will only be playing his 12th test. Wallabies will look like breakdown hounds, scratching, gnawing and biting anything loose. No Shannon Frizzell with a rib injury. Big evening in perspective for skipper Sam Cane. That’s true for most rugby games, but those with numbers 6, 7 and 8 on their backs will buck the trend for their sides.

Here is the composition of the Wallabies. The title is Foley at 10, on the rugby pitch for the first time since May and wearing green and gold for the first time since 2019. No pressure, mate

All Blacks skipper Sam Cane has spoken out this week and expects the Wallabies to try to exploit the absence of loose striker Ardie Savea and dominate the breakdown.

Savea played 80 minutes in each of his four Rugby League Tests and made 51 runs for 275 yards – more than double his other strikers except hooker Samisoni Taukei’aho – but will miss the opener as he is expecting the birth of his third child in New Zealand.

“They picked a trio of loose forwards who are all good solid ball carriers and we expect the game to be quite physical,” Cane said. “Breakdowns are always important, but often the result of a breakdown is how the team plays at the top, in terms of going over the win line with runs. It’s our job to undo that.

ICYMI, here is the preview of Angus Fontaine:

And so it all comes down to that. Australia versus New Zealand. The Bledisloe Cup at stake. Neither team is in good shape, with two dazzling victories and two dizzying defeats each in this rugby championship. But in the fourth round a fortnight ago, the All Blacks bounced back to blitz Argentina 53-3 while the Wallabies crashed to the ground, crushed 24-8 by South Africa. Now that New Zealand are top of the standings, Australia are third and either team can still win the two trophies on offer.

Well, there’s clearly nothing wrong with having a mid-week Test (thanks to the AFL and NRL) because Marvel Stadium is sold out. Some 53,000 people will pass through the turnstiles for the first midweek Bledisloe Cup test since 1994, when the Wallabies beat the All Blacks with George Gregan’s famous tackle.

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Daniel Gallain

Daniel Gallain

Good afternoon, good evening, good morning. Welcome to live coverage of the fifth leg of the Rugby League, kick off at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne at 7.45pm AEST / 10.45am BST.

It’s Australia versus New Zealand. The Wallabies against the All Blacks. Bledisloe’s 153rd try. The two teams enter this historic competition after “two dazzling victories and two dizzying defeats each”, as Angus Fontaine wrote in his preview:

The All Blacks are in the lead in this duel with a score of 140 to 45 with eight draws but the Walalbies will have fun. After losing a series at home to Ireland and then being kicked out by Argentina, New Zealand no longer exude that invincible aura that has been their trademark for a generation. Australia proved they can mingle with the greats when they took on the Springbok field when they won three weeks ago. Consistency, however, will be key. Can they replicate that power up front and earn the right to air the ball?

If they are able to get on the front foot, Bernard Foley will have to pull some strings to unlock the All Blacks defense. The 33-year-old will start at No.10 after Noah Lolesio failed a concussion test. Foley hasn’t played for the Wallabies since 2019 and hasn’t played at all since May. A Bledisloe test is one hell of a reintroduction.

The All Blacks are vulnerable and Australian coach Dave Rennie has highlighted New Zealand’s four defeats this year. But come on. It’s still the All Blacks. And once they got that form of Haka, they go out the window. They top the Rugby Championship standings with 10 points. The remaining three teams are one point behind from nine, underscoring just how competitive Southern Hemisphere rugby is today.

Anyone can beat anyone. There are no guarantees. No matter your allegiance, it’s a gift. We are in an era of uncertainty. Northern clubs continue to siphon off the hottest talent with the alluring lure of the pounds, yen and euro. Super Rugby is a shell of what it once was. The Springboks can still follow the franchises that feed them and head north and exit the Championship altogether.

These are worries for another day. Right now, one of the biggest rivalries in sport is about to write a new chapter in its 90-year history.

My name is Daniel, but you can call me Dan. There will be a lot to unpack as you go, so email or contact me Twitter.

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