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Monday, December 31, 2007

Classic Encounters - Wales vs All Blacks 2004

As a highly entertaining year of rugby comes to an end, we feel we've done our best to cover every major rugby event from around the world. From the Super 14 final, where Bryan Habana scored a memorable last minute winner for the Bulls, to the World Cup where we saw the powerful Springboks come out victorious in a tight final encounter with the courageous English.

Near the end of this year we've been covering highlights from the European scene, with the Heineken Cup, French leagues and the UK Domestic competitions and IRB Sevens serving up some quality action. Some fantastic individual tries as well as a few unsavoury incidents have kept us busy, but it's been great fun and we hope you've enjoyed it.

In 2008 we'll bring you more of the same, and things will keep getting better here on Rugbydump so stick around and remember that without your continued support, we'd cease to exist. Here's to a fantastic New Year and looking forward to more quality rugby from around the world.

Seeing as we've covered the good stuff from 2007, here's a look back a little further, to November 2004, when the touring All Blacks met Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

The game was a classic, with all the intensity and atmosphere accustomed to a meeting of the two nations that both share a huge amount of pride and rugby history.

Joe Rokocoko scored one of the best tries witnessed at the Millennium Stadium yet. The dummy to kick threw the defender off, allowing Smokin Joe to put the foot down and fly away for a great five points.

The game went back and forth, and in the end the All Blacks came out on top 26-25, beating the Welsh by just the solitary point.

Time: 07:53
Buck Rogers by Feeder




  • Probably the best highlight vid on the website! heartbreaker for the welsh

    By Anonymous elrolo, at December 31, 2007 7:32 pm  

  • Very, very well done highlights video. I'd love to see more matches summarized like this on RugbyDump.

    By Anonymous Felix, at December 31, 2007 8:18 pm  

  • could someone tell me why Jones kicked it when there was no time left at the end? that has to be one of the stupidest things he's ever done

    By Anonymous Sean, at December 31, 2007 8:21 pm  

  • lot of sub-standard defending in that game.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 31, 2007 8:48 pm  

  • Lot of sub-standard defending? More likely high caliber athletes giving the 100% of their heart and making the most of each opportunity. For my taste it's a much better match than one that is 6-7 at the final whistle.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 31, 2007 10:57 pm  

  • Great video, nicely done!
    What's the song in it?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 31, 2007 11:16 pm  

  • Great vid, I love the kick dummy by Rokocoko for his second.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 01, 2008 1:12 am  

  • Jones was silly to kick that away..

    It's Buck Rodgers by Feeder. Awesome song and a great video.

    By Anonymous GMC, at January 01, 2008 1:41 am  

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE LOOKING FORWARD TO A GREAT YEAR OF RUGBY COMING UP. GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE ALL OVER THE WORLD!!!!:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

    By Anonymous ENGLAND-FORDY, at January 01, 2008 1:46 am  

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    By Anonymous CresceNet, at January 01, 2008 2:58 am  

  • i have to say those two singers at the begining had amazing voices!

    those all black trys where pretty amazing. along with good ol' henson playing like an italian footballer!

    By Anonymous mr.clutchcleverismyhero, at January 01, 2008 3:47 am  

  • Would love to see more matches summarised this way...

    ...perhaps without the anthems next time though? The NZ one goes on for bloody ages.

    By Anonymous Will, at January 01, 2008 10:53 am  

  • Good game, but mate if you put this up you HAVE to put up the match between our two nations in the world cup 2003, to this date the best match i've ever seen played between Wales and New Zealand.

    By Anonymous David, at January 01, 2008 11:24 am  

  • All Time Classic!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 01, 2008 1:33 pm  

  • great vid it was amazin shld of put hensons pen on there when he hits the post to put wales in the lead

    By Anonymous Bezzlie, at January 01, 2008 4:05 pm  

  • Ha Ha! Henson got smashed by nonu. god i love nonu.

    By Anonymous Martin Johnson, at January 01, 2008 4:44 pm  

  • good rugby

    By Anonymous joe, at January 01, 2008 6:02 pm  

  • Definitely one of the best videos on the site. The music was awesome, the rugby was awesome. Seeing Nonu completely clobber silly Henson was even more awesome.

    The dummy kick by Smokin' Joe was pretty cool, so was the look on his face when he realized that it worked. Also worth seeing his pull up his socks after the first try like nothing happened.

    Two quick questions though, who was playing outside center for the All Blacks at the start of the match? And what's the name of the song?

    By Blogger Ryan, at January 01, 2008 8:01 pm  

  • Adam Jones is my cousin!!
    great song and an all round great video. Love to see more. Wales' national anthem is the best in the world in my opinion no offence to the NZ one. My favorite try was Shanklin's with the awesome bounce.

    Thanks Rugby Dump

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 01, 2008 8:05 pm  

  • bloody hell how long is the NZ anthem?! that and their dancing and you'd be worried about seeing any rugby!

    Katherine Jenkins though ... fit!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 01, 2008 10:01 pm  

  • How beautiful Was Katherine Jenkins?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 02, 2008 12:59 pm  

  • Any chance of someone upping Matthew Tait's try for Newcastle v Saracens where he burned off Brent Russell to score?

    It would be much appreciated.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 02, 2008 1:14 pm  

  • Terrific game of rugby, with some outstanding tries; quick-thinking for Wales' first, a stroke of luck for the second and a forward's try for the third. All Blacks tries were all good handling and some smoking pace from Joe. Love it! Hope both sides hit those heights again soon!

    PS Henson may not be to everyone's taste, but you've got to use your arms in the tackle, shocker from Nonu.

    By Anonymous Dave, at January 02, 2008 1:39 pm  

  • the best image of the highlights 4 me is in the welsh try by the forwards seeing the bald guy with the head band and no number (i think he is the 4 though) call the place of the drive and taking three other guys out of the way so his teammates could score...it really embodies the spirit of the pack...all work and no glamour

    By Blogger Davide, at January 02, 2008 8:03 pm  

  • Elrolo are u by any chance a NZ?
    The AB fans didn't get into the national anthem like the english do.
    Shame cause they're a damn sight better

    By Anonymous England blaintantly the best, at January 02, 2008 8:55 pm  

  • Its true, Kathryn Jenkins is just a tad hot. Nothing beats the welsh anthem, beautiful girl with a beautiful voice.
    Great match between us, lovely from smoking Joe.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 02, 2008 10:58 pm  

  • Davide said...
    the best image of the highlights 4 me is in the welsh try by the forwards seeing the bald guy with the head band and no number (i think he is the 4 though) call the place of the drive and taking three other guys out of the way so his teammates could score...it really embodies the spirit of the pack...all work and no glamour

    thats brent cobain SP the player with no number

    also who ever wants to know the song its sung by feeder - buck rogers

    who i think are a welsh band not sure will have to check up on that 1

    By Anonymous Bezzlie, at January 04, 2008 5:58 pm  

  • The singer is welsh (from newport) the drummer is english and the bassist is from asia originally but not sure which country. The former drummer was welsh but unfortunately he committed suicide. So where as they used to be 2/3rds welsh they're now only 1/3.

    By Anonymous geraint, at January 05, 2008 1:02 am  

  • The New Zealand anthem seems really long since they actually sing it twice - first in Maori, and then in English.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 06, 2008 9:36 pm  

  • the all blacks are the greatest. ever. the end.
    and cobain is an aussie. i played with him at easts in 97 and 98.
    all blacks. forever.

    By Anonymous mick, at January 09, 2008 11:58 am  

  • i love that we play running, exciting rugby. our record might be nothing close to the All Blacks but the passion is there, and we have truly inspirational players! when we play to our best we at can at least pay respect to our great rugby history and the legendary players we have produced over the years.

    Please Rugbydump put up the world cup match between Wales and New Zealand in 2003. Glorzifen already has it on youtube. needs to be on this site as its an even better match than this one

    By Anonymous David, at February 06, 2008 4:20 pm  

  • it was lauala at outside centre for the ABs. not really quick thinkin by peel 4 the first try because I would of done that and i'm a front rower!! Good play by wales though just wish Sotland could do that!p.s england are blaitantly the best are you by any chance an England supporter? if so 15-9!!!!!!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 18, 2008 5:35 pm  

  • i was at this game it was awesome and we should have won =(

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 04, 2008 7:40 pm  

  • eh ireland england

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 07, 2008 9:49 pm  

  • you gotta ask why did the welsh player kick with time up on the clock?? the only explanation is that he didn't know it was full time...

    By Blogger G-unit, at April 15, 2008 6:54 am  

  • My jealousy of NZ having a player like smokin Joe knows no bounds!

    By Anonymous David, at April 27, 2008 2:48 pm  

  • Stephen Jones obviously didnt know how litle time was left and that guy that said it was poor defending i didnt see the match and i often cfall tries poor defending but none of those highlights were poor defending

    By Anonymous peppers, at May 12, 2008 9:00 pm  

  • Stephen Jones obviously didnt know how litle time was left and that guy that said it was poor defending i didnt see the match and i often cfall tries poor defending but none of those highlights were poor defending

    By Anonymous peppers, at May 12, 2008 9:00 pm  

  • Btw, to the guy who mentioned quick thinking for Dwayne Peel's first try:
    it wasn't a try, ref didn't give it and called them back :(

    By Anonymous David, at June 02, 2008 12:55 pm  

  • If only Henson's penalty that hit the post had gone just a few inches to the right...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 14, 2008 12:16 pm  

  • this a good site man..
    100% mad

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 15, 2008 9:24 am  

  • thish shows we can mix it with the best of them

    By Anonymous welsh 4 life, at July 02, 2008 10:40 pm  

  • i was there at that game!!!!!the greatest game i have ever seen!the atmosphere was amazing!-i dont mind losing when the performance was as good as in that game!-stephen made the mistake as a result of G.Thomas decision who later went on to admit it was one of the worst decisions evr!-he hadnt looked at the time!!!!!!-still great game though!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 22, 2008 1:43 am  

  • was that Lomu at Number 8?

    By Anonymous angus, at November 17, 2008 9:46 pm  

  • Whos the bitch taking the dive when nonu collides with him??
    That dude should be playing soccor, ha ha.

    Ps. Roko at his peak, toying with the defence. MAGIC!

    Great game, hope we see another like that this weekend :-)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 04, 2009 7:02 am  

  • Why on earth did Jones kick the ball in the end. Obviously content with a one point defeat to the ABs??? P.S. Is Katherine Jenkins the only good looking girl in Wales? The beasts that mr cameraman picked out from the crowd are going to keep me up at night for the wrong reasons!!

    Greetings from Ireland peasants and we'll see you in Croke for a ritual pasting shortly. Eagarly awaiting Gatland's next brain fart sorry "mind game to deflect attention from his pansy players who can't handle the pressure". Ha!

    By Anonymous Whippetmania, at March 02, 2010 10:40 pm  

  • Yea that dude who Nonu bumped into dived like a girl, looks like he belongs on the soccor pitch.

    PATHETIC effort mate.

    Good game though!

    By Anonymous Tui, at March 12, 2010 4:14 am  

  • Funny that everyone criticized S. Jones for kicking.

    Yet no one criticized Muliaina for kicking AFTER?

    If the players truly knew the game was over, then he could have just ran for touch, or kicked 5m to his side, instead of kicking upfield, BACK to Welsh hands.

    Not sure what my point is, other than consistency from all the critics.

    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at April 14, 2010 7:20 pm  

  • Dwayne Peel was absolutely on fire when they played this match, maybe even the best number 9 in the world at the time, kind of like Fourie Du Preez.

    Shame he never really regained the form, Mike Phillips can be a bit predictable sometimes.

    By Anonymous David, at June 17, 2010 11:27 am  

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