2016 - 548th All Black test

27 October 2016

548th All Black test

NEW ZEALAND v AUSTRALIA (Bledisloe Cup and 3rd test 2016) at Eden Park, Auckland.

Date: Saturday, October 22

Fulltime Score; New Zealand 37 Australia 10

Halftime; New Zealand 15 Australia 7.

Attendance 48,000

Conditions; Excellent, Weather clear, cool and dry. Firm breeze favoured New Zealand in the first half.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Craig Joubert (South Africa), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa

The scorers; For NEW ZEALAND (37) Tries by Julian Savea (2), I.Dagg, A Leinart-Brown, T.J.Perenara and D.Coles. 2 conversions and 1 penalty by A.Cruden.

For AUSTRALIA (10); Try by R.Arnold. 1 conversion and 1 penalty by B.Foley.

NEW ZEALAND: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, (rep’d by Malakai Fekitoa 61m), 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, (rep’d by Aaron Cruden 44m ), 9 TJ Perenara, (rep’d by Tawera Kerr-Barlow 61m), 8 Kieran Read (c),7 Matt Todd, (rep’d by A.Savea 64m), 6 Jerome Kaino, (rep’d by Liam Squire 51m);(Kaino came back on for Retallick 78m), 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, (rep’d by Jerome Kaino 78m), 3 Owen Franks, (rep’d by Wyatt Crockett 51m) 2 Dane Coles, (rep’d by Codie Taylor 73m), 1 Joe Moody (rep’d by Charlie Faumuina 51m)

AUSTRALIA: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Samu Kerevi, (rep’d by Sefa Naivalu 23m) 12 Reece Hodge, (rep’d by Henry Speight 78m) 11 Henry Speight, (rep’d by Quade Cooper 74m) Speight came back on for Hodge at 78m), 10 Bernard Foley,9 Nick Phipps, (rep’d by Nick Frisby 61m),8 Lopeti Timani, (rep’d by David Pocock 55m),7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Adam Coleman,  4 Rory Arnold, (rep’d by Rob Simmons 47m), 3 Sekope Kepu, (rep’d by Allan Ala’alatoa 61m), 2 Stephen Moore (c), (rep’d by James Hansen 73m),1 Scott Sio  (rep’d by Tom Robertson 64m)

All substitutes were used during the game.

The win was New Zealand’s 18th win in a row. The victory being called as a ‘World Record’ for consecutive wins by a ‘Tier 1’ rugby nation.

The 6 tries scored by the All Blacks in this test meant that in the 3 tests v Australia in 2016 New Zealand had scored 16  tries as against two by the Wallabies in reply.

Scoring note;

After test #544 when Julian Savea became the 5th All Black to pass 40 or more test match tries he has continued to add to his personal scoring list; In Test #545 he added one more, then in this test (548th) he scored two more; thus he has passed Jeff Wilson’s tally of 44 tries to move into 4th on the all-time All Black list;

 The updated list (after test #548) now reads;


                                                Tests played       Test tries scored

Doug Howlett                              62                 49

Christian Cullen                           58                 46

Joe Rokokoko                              66                 46

Julian Savea                                46                 45

Jeff Wilson                                  60                 44


Of the current All Black (ie; still playing in 2016) the leading try-scoring total now reads;

Julian Savea                                  46                 45

Ben Smith                                     58                 26

Israel Dagg                                    58                 22

Keiran Read                                   94                   21

Beauden Barrett                              46                 16


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