Bledisloe Cup Report Card

Alrighty, how good is rugby huh?


89 odd minutes of action, both teams had their opportunities to win the game but ultimately a 16-16 all draw seemed somewhat fitting.


The ref has copped his fair share of criticism in the aftermath, he wasn't tremendous, but was he that bad?


Inconsistencies in decisions at scrum time perhaps, but the glaringly obvious missed call was from Aussie touch judge Angus Gardner down the left sideline in the build up to the All Blacks first try.


Anyways, not here to comment on the officials, I'll leave that for others.


What did we make of the Wallabies performance? Pretty good right!


Presuming everyone pulls up okay, you'd be forgiven for thinking Dave Rennie may pick the same starting XV for next week at Eden Park.



There's definitely areas to improve, but this was a nice start.


The line out was a bit shaky, particularly in the first half and will need to improve and I am sure Dave Rennie will be getting plenty of work done this week on the support play into contact, the All Blacks were given far too many opportunities to get on the ball which resulted in either turnovers, or at a minimum, slow ruck speed.


Oh and I suppose you could say James O'Connor's goal kicking, albeit both he and Jordie Barrett both struggled in the conditions.


I won't mention the Reece Hodge attempt at goal, okay I just did. He hit that thing so sweet, ahhh jeez.



So anyways, we'll get better. Great.


But there was plenty to like about this performance. The debutants in particular did very well.


Filipo Daugunu was arguably the best on field with some outstanding ball carrying, whilst his Reds teammates, Hunter Paisami and Harry Wilson also transferred their great Super Rugby AU form to the international arena.


Halfback Nic White didn't mind a run at times but for the most part, he was very good. James O'Connor distributed when he had to and took the line on when the opportunity presented itself, it'll just be his goal kicking that he'll be wanting to improve on.


Michael Hooper did what he normally does and was everywhere, topping the tackle count for the Wallabies in his 100th test.



The All Blacks acknowledged Hooper's milestone game in the change rooms afterwards as both sides mingled, that was a nice touch.


Like the Hodge kick for goal, the other thing I won't be mentioning is Rob Simmons' penalty in the 78th minute. I just won't be mentioning it.


Dear oh dear.


All-in-all, what a sensational game of rugby and the best part? We get another this weekend. Yesterday the Wallabies started $8.50 with a 18.5 line, I can guarantee you it won't be that much next week.


Not getting too far ahead of ourselves, but jeez this Wallabies team looks pretty bloody good!


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