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Sunday, November 01, 2009

All Blacks beat Wallabies comfortably in Tokyo

Tokyo was the venue for the fourth Bledisloe Cup Test match between arch rivals New Zealand and Australia. A near capacity 44 000 turned out at the Olympic Stadium to watch the All Blacks comfortable 32-19 win.

It’s been a clean sweep for them, winning all four Tests of this series, taking their tally to seven in a row against their neighbours Australia.

For the losing side, there was some consolation in that they scored their first try against NZ since their first meeting in the Tri Nations in July.

Australia led 16-13 at half time following the Peter Hynes try in the corner. New Zealand grabbed the lead again though when Sitiveni Sivivatu dived over in the corner after some great hands by Captain Richie McCaw.

Sivivatu was yellow carded for a reckless tackle on Adam Ashley-Cooper in the air, and has since been suspended for a week.

Conrad Smith scored another try as he breezed through some questionable tackling, before Dan Carter extended the lead with some quality goal kicking.

"We needed to be able to put seven and eight phases together and we would have been looking pretty good," said Wallabies captain Rocky Elsom. "For whatever reason we couldn't do that and it cost us as we really needed tries there."

"We obviously weren't good enough," he said.

The match ended with a bit of a scrap, for which Tony Woodcock has also been suspended for a week, as he elbowed George Smith.

Both he and Sivivatu will miss the Test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium next weekend, which is the start of New Zealand’s tour. They will take on Wales, Italy, England, France, and the Barbarians.

Australia travel to Britain and Ireland as they have their first Grand Slam attempt in 25 years. They start with a midweek match against Gloucester on Tuesday though.

Time: 07:23



  • First!
    I thought Zac Guildford was supposed to start ahead of Rokocoko and Sivivatu, what happened to that?
    Good match but I'm hoping the Ozzies would perform better in the future.

    By Anonymous Tiny Flanker, at November 01, 2009 7:00 pm  

  • Guildford was on the bench, but in the squad ahead of Rokocoko and Gear. Corey Jane started on the right wing. Played well too.

    How good were Mccaw's hands for that try. pure class.

    By Anonymous FrankyH, at November 01, 2009 7:03 pm  

  • Great stuff, Mccaw is in top form atm.
    Also thank god woodcock is out for the wales game, we actually have a chance at scrumtime now ;)
    I expect wales vs new zealand to be a cracker.

    By Anonymous WelshOsprey, at November 01, 2009 7:28 pm  

  • I expect Wales vs New Zealand to be a slaughter

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 01, 2009 7:53 pm  

  • Wow how many people were there in the stadium? It looks immense!
    A pity for Aussies and Nzers not have those types of games at home though isn't it?

    By Blogger Oli, at November 01, 2009 8:04 pm  

  • The All Blacks played well.Hopefuly OZ will find their feet and fire on all cylinders soon.

    By Blogger Grayditch, at November 01, 2009 8:05 pm  

  • how shit was o'connors attempt at tackling jane?! was shocking. at international level, you'd expect better. he's a terrific attacking player, but defensively needs to brush up

    By Anonymous Jim, at November 01, 2009 9:08 pm  

  • Firstly, Ozzies are clearly rebuilding and come the world cup they are going to be there abouts..
    Secondly, Robbie deans is an awesome coach.. Think all blacks have dropped a clanger not having him.
    Thirdly, as it stands Sivivatu, Woodcock are out. Dan Carter has a dead leg and they are doing tests later in the week.

    And if anyone is interested it looks like the All Blacks are staying at the hilton in Cardiff! get the autograph books ready.. Can't wait for the wales game next week!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 01, 2009 9:17 pm  

  • can anyone tell me how Australia did in the scrum? obviously im English, and with out our first choice front row i was wondering how the Aussies faired.

    I always loved seeing Sheridan turn the screw on the Aussies.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 01, 2009 9:33 pm  

  • You have no idea how much more intense the Currie Cup final was.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 01, 2009 9:36 pm  

  • ^ Anonymous - I do actually, I watched it.

    The atmosphere in this match wasn't great, but still enjoyable to an extent.

    By Anonymous Shaft, at November 01, 2009 9:38 pm  

  • This boring match needed a good brawl.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 01, 2009 9:50 pm  

  • Guidlford should be starting next week and possibly Delany ahead of Donald the worrier.

    Good game. Agree with FrankyH.
    McCaws hands.. MAGIC!

    Sivivatu.. brain explosion.

    & the All Black lineout!
    looks like this coach reshuffle has paid off.

    vs Wales.. going to be the match of the tour!

    By Anonymous wakarua, at November 01, 2009 10:04 pm  

  • how did japan do in the tri nations?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 01, 2009 10:32 pm  

  • First NZ try was fantastic - they made it look so simple.

    Ozzie try - on these replays I wasn't convinced he grounded it, or was in control when he did at least.

    Second NZ try - anyone else think there was a hint of a forward pass to Smith?

    Also do Oz and NZ play each other too often these days? Does it make it less special? I'd be interested to know what the Oz and NZ guys on this site think (generally speaking I think there's too much rugby in total, in particualr too many tours, and especially too many lame-ass NH tours of the SH)

    By Anonymous Ted, at November 01, 2009 10:57 pm  

  • The players think that there are too many internationals, I would agree especially with the longer super 14 coming up. Bledisloe matches tend to be the best.

    The game next week will be interesting, I have a feeling this tour will end up like the last couple (large winning margins to NZ).

    NZ is building to btw. Loads of players are out and a few new guy are being added. The team next year will be mean.

    By Anonymous MikeyMike, at November 01, 2009 11:15 pm  

  • O'connor definitely is a weakness in the Aussie defence. He did make the one good tackle on Jane (I think) and a late hit on Carter (rrrrrr), but he was missing when the ABs scored both tries, Deans would definitely prefer someone else in there if he had a solid choice for now.

    By Anonymous MikeyMike, at November 01, 2009 11:19 pm  

  • Heard the ticket prices were sky high. That may have affected the crowd, especially a mostly neutral one. Stadium looked well though. Japan shold've gotten '11 or '15 WC, not the one in 10 years.

    Agree about the Currie Cup final, and also that NZ/ Aus play each other too many times a year.

    Sivivatu's hit was ridiculous. I think Hynes was safer in the air. Lets assume Hynes had his feet on the ground, the force Sivivatu hit him, it could've been a yellow anyway. No technique, just aggression. Thats my main problem with some of the hits in modern rugby. The second the garryowen went up he had one thought in his head. Deserved the week.

    I'd like to see Wales beat NZ, but it will probably be same old, same old, as they put it up to them for 60min then NZ's superior fitness sees them home. Think they'll (NZ, obviously) go AIs unbeaten.

    Hope Aus beat Eng, as England are ruining the game as we know it, with Johnson picking his old Leiscester buddies (Deacon, Goode, WTF) and that mistake Bortwick, ahead of decent players. How Kennedy isn't there, when he's the their best available lock is beyond me. Pick and drive, pick and drive backwards, concede pen, yellow card, English fans are being screwed.

    By Anonymous Huh!! the 3rd, at November 01, 2009 11:27 pm  

  • In reply to Ted

    sup i'm a kiwi..
    I think that the amount of internationals per year is good now, but yeah nz vs aus.. in the last few years especially.. there seems to be a dead rubber match every time.
    Aussie need to step it up man, not trying to sound cocky or anything.. but seriously, does Australia even care about the Bledislode these days?

    But about internationals overall
    me and most of the boys when watching this game, felt like we hadn't seen an All Blacks game in ages.

    Probably because we watch ANZ cup every week

    I think this match should have been between All Blacks and perhaps Argentina..

    By Anonymous Wakarua, at November 02, 2009 12:11 am  

  • Couldn't they find a stadium in Japan with grass covering the entire pitch?

    By Blogger Digger, at November 02, 2009 12:17 am  

  • On the All Blacks website, Conrad Smith's test on this match was given to Ben Smith who is not even an All Black yet. It is also unclear whether Jimmy Cowan has 29 tests or 28 tests on the website. I wish this to be fixed as soon as possible as this is misleading.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 02, 2009 12:51 am  

  • I didn't watch all the game but I thought the aussie scrum and breakdown were pretty good.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 02, 2009 1:07 am  

  • McCaw once again affirms his superiority, he was everywhere on the night.

    And how good was that Adam Ashley-Cooper run in the final minutes? Why couldn't Australia play like that for the entire game?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 02, 2009 1:21 am  

  • Sivivatu bit lucky only to get a week, very wreckless and he didnt even attempt to go for the ball! Woodcock seems to be doing stupod off the ball stuff way to often, he smacked rory best in the side of the head 50yards of the ball last autumn.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 02, 2009 1:22 am  

  • Sivivatu, for some reason, didn't think AAC was going to jump, so he committed to tackling him. Oops.

    The try awarded to Hines was not a try. What are they saying, that he got the ball down on the line? He didn't knock the ball on before that?

    O'Connor goes for Smith's dummy to Nonu when there were a thousand of his teammates there? Come on. Weak.

    By Anonymous www.realrugby.com, at November 02, 2009 2:28 am  

  • Aussie scrum is fine now, competes well against anyone.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 02, 2009 2:32 am  

  • Terrible Wallaby defence... The All Blacks had highways ahead of them to run through, I think the australian backs need to do some tackle drills... Also, Palu seems to drop or knock on every bsll he touches, George Smith is way ahead of him.

    By Anonymous Joost, at November 02, 2009 3:23 am  

  • Compared to the Currie Cup Final, this looked like school boy rugby. I kid you not. Final had far more intensity and the skill level was on another level.

    By Anonymous Big Bull McBull, at November 02, 2009 3:57 am  

  • Are you guys drunk?? McCaw is a cheat and nothing else!! He spent 50% of his time, and 45% on the ground playing the ball. (the other 5% was spent playing good rugby and setting up tries).

    At 50 min Gits is called for a knock on after placing the ball back. The only person touching the ball is Bitchie McCaw while lying on the ground.

    Happened all game, he needs for the refs to start reffing him and everybody else with the same rules.

    But still not the thing that lost Aus the game, we just straight up dropped the ball too much.....

    By Anonymous ned2or3, at November 02, 2009 4:46 am  

  • ned2or3 - you wouldn't be slagging off mccaw if he was aussie. he plays to the limit of what he can get away with and alters this to suit the referee and the game... the laws of rugby are irrelevant - it's all about playing to the ref.
    i can't believe you are naive enough to still be complaining about richie when you should be putting your energy into making sure o'connor spend the next two years improving instead of playing for the aussies. he's not good enough or big enough. he needs some time in the sevens squad... that's what the abs would do with him.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 02, 2009 2:20 pm  

  • unbelievable try at the start great vision to loop it around to the backs.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 02, 2009 11:19 pm  

  • ned2or3 said...McCaw is a cheat and nothing else!!

    Man this is getting so boring, as someone has already said if he played for your team you'd call him a god. This sort of childish whingeing is pathetic.

    By Anonymous danny, at November 03, 2009 2:37 am  

  • I was there at the game, some of the most expensive tickets Ive ever seen! When watching it on TV (or the replays like on this site) the crowd seems to be quite atmospheric, believe me, I was sat just on the half way, in the middle of the stadium, amazing seats, but at points of the game u could easily hear the players on the pitch talking to each other over the crowd 'noise'

    I think that a majority of the people at the game were neutral, I was out there with a large crowd from Hong Kong and recognized many more Hong Kongers whilst there, also there were hundreds of Irish people in Tokyo :S, and of course loads of Japanese too.

    Also, from where I sat, and watching a few of these highlights, there were a shitload of unspotted forward passes, e.g. Cory Jane's assist offload to Conrad Smith, just use the 22 as a marker to see when Jane offloads and where Smith collects, followed by the worlds gayest tackle attempt from James O'Connor.

    I think the biggest letdown for the whole event was the fact that the stadium ran out of beer at half time, could u imagine that!!? Everybody had to sit through one of the worst matches ever whilst completely sober.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 03, 2009 5:31 am  

  • On the All Blacks website, Conrad Smith's test on this match was given to Ben Smith who is not even an All Black yet. It is also unclear whether Jimmy Cowan has 29 tests or 28 tests on the website. I wish this to be fixed as soon as possible as this is misleading.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 03, 2009 10:02 am  

  • Unspotted forward passes?

    Have a look at 5.20 - from side on Corey Jane's pass is certainly backwards, no even sideways let alone forward. Smith picked it up from behind him.

    By Anonymous JD, at November 03, 2009 12:14 pm  

  • What! No talk of citing - appalling tackle in the air and two hits to the head by Smith before the final whistle - this is becoming a circus. Bok fan.

    By Anonymous mambo, at November 03, 2009 6:51 pm  


    only opposing teams call him a cheat.
    Guess they can't get use to how supreme he is at the breakdown.

    get over it world

    By Anonymous Wakarua, at November 03, 2009 7:46 pm  

  • did anyone notice little o'conor tryin a help break up the fight by attempting to get ma'a nonu out first. never a good idea

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 04, 2009 6:44 pm  

  • ha ha ha yea note to James

    "Don't touch Nonu during a scuffle"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 05, 2009 2:27 am  

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