The All Blacks made everyone in International rugby circles stand up and take notice last night after their clinical 30-14 performance against the Wallabies at Eden Park.
In what was anticipated to be tightly contested Bledisloe Cup, the men in black never looked in danger of losing the game and are now rightfully considered to be the team to beat this Rugby World Cup.
Despite the Wallabies having a higher percentage of possession, they were unable to penetrate through the All Black’s line of defense and looked rattle for most of the game. Australia’s normally flashy back-line had nowhere to go and they were light on defense which allowed the clinical New Zealand men to dominate.
Every player from 1-15 impressed, with Dan Carter and Richie McCaw demonstrating why they are the best in the game at the moment.
The Wallabies can take some positives from the game with players like Digby Ioane, Stephen Moore, James Horwill and Scott Higginbotham impressing. However, Robbie Deans needs to make some changes now and not pick a team based on sentimental or political reasons. The questions now need to be asked why more of the Super Rugby winning Reds aren’t in the starting line-up and how the current captain played only 1 Super Rugby match this year!
The other International games played over the weekend did little to compare to the All Blacks display with the Northern Hemisphere teams lacking the intensity of the Bledisloe. England didn’t show any of the flair they displayed in the 6 Nations with a 23-19 win over Wales. Scotland defeated a wilting Ireland 10-6 with a late try from Jo Ansbro sealing the win and Canada defeated the USA 28-22.