The Wallabies secured a rare win over the All Blacks 27-19 in a messy type game, to win the Rugby Championship 2015. For a change, it was the Wallabies putting the All Blacks under pressure and forcing uncharacteristic missed tackles from the men in black, to take the win.
The hosts used their bench nicely with Nick White scoring a rare try against the All Blacks off the bench, and they showed great stamina to do what few teams usually can do and play at a high intensity for 80 minutes, The Wallabies were great with the likes of David Pocock, Michael Hooper and Scott Fardy causing problems at the breakdown for the All Blacks, while the Wallabies scrum showed some bite against the All Blacks. The Wallabies wanted this one more than the All Blacks.
Even late in the game, the Wallabies rushed defence was putting pressure on the All Blacks who had no answers. This looks to be a blueprint for how to beat the All Blacks.
It is hard to know what to take from this game. The Wallabies were fired up and some of the All Blacks bench players missed crucial tackles to let the Wallabies in for some match deciding tries towards the end, but at least some more players got precious game time for the All Blacks, so all was not lost.
The All Blacks will regroup before hosting the Wallabies in the Bledisloe Cup decider in Auckland next weekend, which is some consolation as otherwise it would have simply been a pre-Rugby World Cup friendly.
The Wallabies last won the Rugby Championship in 2011, so they love peaking in Rugby World Cup year, but the team that won the Tri Nations/ Rugby Championship has never won the Rugby World Cup in the same year.
The Rugby Championship draw was also favourable for the Wallabies, giving the Wallabies home matches against the Springboks and All Blacks, while the All Blacks and Argentina only hosted one game each.
While the Wallabies were great, the All Blacks lacked some fluency although Nehe Milner-Skudder scored two tries on debut. Some of the more experienced All Blacks had mixed games. Dan Carter had a mixed night from the kicking tee, and by the time the game ended, there were so many substitutes on that it was hard to know who was playing where. There were plenty of players and combinations tried during this test match, so you have to wonder how much to read into this win. Is this the rebirth of Australian rugby, or simply a blip on the radar of the All Blacks?
The Wallabies deserved their win, they were hungrier on defence and at the breakdowns, and took their chances more than the All Blacks did. They outscored the visitors three tries to two. Bring on the Bledisloe Cup decider in Auckland next week! Is this the re-birth of Wallabies rugby or a blip on the radar of the All Blacks?
Thoughts on the Wallabies win over the All Blacks. Should the All Blacks be worried?