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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.
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.
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
Wales 13 NZ 8 in Cardiff; Their first win over the All Blacks for 50 years. But as of 2014 they had never beaten NZ again in over 50 more years!
Cardiff, London Welsh and Wales
46 internationals for Wales 1966–78
5 internationals for British Isles 1968–71
One of the most brilliant wings the game has known, Gerald Davies was the prince of sidesteppers, a master of speed and a crowd-pleaser in the extreme. Had he not missed several tours for personal reasons, his talent would have been more widely acclaimed.
Davies finished his schooling and education at Loughborough College and Cambridge University. Imbued with their spirit of playing enjoyable rugby, he soon made his way into the Welsh team. His first international was against Australia in 1966, as a centre.
He played 12 full internationals in that position before making the change to the wing. If he was a success as a centre (good enough to be chosen as a British Lion to South Africa in 1968) he became a wing of exceptional class. His size (only 73kg – 111/2 stone) meant that he was rapidly becoming outmoded as a centre at a time when crash-ball specialists were being used more and more. It was as a wing that he could display more expressively his talents for speed and balance.
Davies was considered one of the best sidesteppers the game has seen, especially off his right foot. Many of his markers and opponents could attest to this, none more so than the Hawke’s Bay team in New Zealand in 1971, which played the British Isles at Napier. Davies sidestepped repeatedly at high speed and ran in four brilliant tries.
Davies played all four test matches for the Lions on that tour, having earlier played in the third test at Cape Town in South Africa in 1968. He declined to tour twice with the Lions, to South Africa in 1974 (uncomfortable with what he had seen of the apartheid policies in 1968) and to New Zealand in 1977, but continued as an international until June 1978, when he quit at the age of 33. His last test match was Wales v Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
At the time his 46 appearances on the wing and at centre made him Wales’s most-capped three-quarter. He and Gareth Edwards then shared the record (20) as the highest try-scorers in Welsh internationals.
Gerald Davies later joined the list of former players who wrote and broadcast about the game. He had a number of books published and was also been an expert television presenter and commentator.
His standing in Wales was such that he was chosen to be the Opening Ceremony ‘voice’ of the Rugby World Cup in Cardiff in 1999.
In 2009 the respect in which Gerald Davies was held was confirmed when he was invited to be the Manager of the British and Irish touring team to South Africa. He also played significant roles as a member of the Board of Directors for the Welsh Rugby Union and a sitting member of the International Rugby Board.
From Wyn Gruffydd - the Welsh broadcaster; 'How Do You Know a girl from Cardiff has had an Orgasm?'