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Thursday, August 20, 2009

All Blacks thump the Wallabies in Wellington 1996

In the first Bledisloe Cup match of 1996, that then fell under the newly formed era of professionalism, and the inaugral Tri Nations, it was the All Blacks that dominated in a game of high skill considering the conditions.

They had 11 members of their World Cup Final side from the previous year, including Andrew Mehrtens who was on his way to notching up the fastest 200 points in Test history.

They also had a young fullback by the name of Christian Cullen, who was just 20 at the time, and playing only his fourth Test, but his first against Australia.

David Campese on the other hand, was on the wing for the Wallabies, with 96 Test caps as he head towards reaching the milestone of 100.

Wellington's Athletic Park was wet and windy on the day, but the All Blacks came out firing as they took the Wallabies by surprise with their tactic of running the ball with such a wet field underfoot.

They dominated with a six try thumping of the Aussies, winning the match 43-6, retaining the Bledisloe Cup then going on to win that years Tri Nations.

Time: 07:20



  • just wondering... was it legal back then to go off your feet at the ruck? You just see them do it time and time again...

    And there are 2 scrums shown in the vid. Why the hell is the all black nr8 pushing both times between his left lock and flanker in stead of pushing between both locks?????

    By Anonymous jente, at August 20, 2009 3:16 pm  

  • the first scrum he's even pushing on the left butt cheak of the left flanker????????

    By Anonymous jente, at August 20, 2009 3:18 pm  

  • It's legal to bind where ever as a number 8. Not sure about the off the feet thing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 20, 2009 4:13 pm  

  • It's legal to bind where ever as a number 8. Not sure about the off the feet thing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 20, 2009 4:13 pm  

  • Love that try by Marshall. Looked like he was never the quickest around, but totally determined. :)

    Cullen too - what a legend.

    By Anonymous Dave, at August 20, 2009 4:50 pm  

  • The finest display of wet weather running rugby you're ever likely to see.

    To this day I consder that team the best XV the All Blacks have ever fielded. Legends from 1 through to 15.

    I could watch that match over and over and over again.

    By Blogger Scandal, at August 20, 2009 5:04 pm  

  • Tim Horan missing a tackle at 1:06.....u didn't see that too often!

    By Blogger Jonathan, at August 20, 2009 5:47 pm  

  • No a great day in the office for campese. Awesome display from NZ though.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 20, 2009 7:23 pm  

  • How come the game was stopped at the 76th minute? Not sure if the commentator said anything about it cause I didn't hear anything.

    By Anonymous Random, at August 21, 2009 2:01 am  

  • Great match. Loved that run by Zinzan, with the little dummy then offload.

    Looks like the match might have been stopped early because of the weather? Or perhaps just a discrepancy between the refs watch and the tv clock.

    By Anonymous FrankyH, at August 21, 2009 7:42 am  

  • he is driving in between the flanker and lock to try and wheel the scrum round a certain way so it is easier to attack a certain direction. RE... jente

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 21, 2009 5:00 pm  

  • The all Black team of 1996 was awesome. One of the best ever. In fact if you were going to pick the best players at their respective positions in 1996 in world rugby....I think it would have been 15 All Blacks.

    Maybe Joost VDW might have got in for Marshall at 9 and Stransky at 10 for Mehrtens?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 21, 2009 7:30 pm  

  • Kronfeld at openside, Jones at blindside, Zinny at No. 8 -- has a better loose forward trio ever existed?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 21, 2009 10:34 pm  

  • Scandal - what you said.

    Absolute legends. After a while you sort of forget all the great players until you see clips like this. I was watching the clip and enjoying watching Jones and Brooke and then up pops Kronfeld, - jesus H - does it get any better.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 22, 2009 2:32 am  

  • Brooke- laid down the blueprint for the modern back row, best player of his day IMO my absolute idol (and i'm a 9) But listen to the commentary

    "Brooke, Marshall, Merhtons, Lomu, Cullen" 5 standout legends in possibly the best team to ever step out on a pitch (when compared to the opponents quality at the time)

    Looking at this tho you do yearn somewhat for the days before professionalism. When attacking skill outweighed physical and defensive prowess.

    I love some of the things the pro era has brought about but if you compare this to say last weeks bledislow cup, having massive, expertly conditioned and "grown" players doesn't equal great rugby. I miss moves that were born of knowing missed tackles would happen, and players not fearing injury from a tackle from 6 foot 6 forward men who can run 100m in under 11.3 seconds. Even saying that makes you just want to boot the thing out of hand rather then take a chance.

    Sorry, i'm a boring old fart it would seem :D

    By Anonymous Nostalgic Chris, at August 26, 2009 5:51 am  

  • haha yeah mate. i'll still take the game they play in heaven as it comes nowadays tho.

    mike jones, ian jones, fitzy, best team eva.

    By Blogger Dan, at August 26, 2009 11:32 pm  

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