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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
Australia played a superb game in the RWCup semi-final to beat Gary Whetton's NZ team by 16-6 in Dublin.
Wellington and New Zealand
A tough New Zealand utility back in the years before international matches were played, Davey Gage performed an astonishing feat of endurance on the 1888–89 New Zealand Natives world tour when he played in 68 of 74 matches in Britain – twice as many as some of his fellow team members. He was nicknamed ‘Pony’ because of his small size but enormous work-rate on that tour. In all games on tour (counting games in Australia and New Zealand) he appeared 82 times.
Gage toured Australia with the New Zealand team of 1893 and was captain of his country against Queensland at Wellington in 1896. None of the matches played was considered a ‘test’ match.
Gage is remembered for another role during the Natives tour. The team adopted ‘On The Ball’ as its team song and he gained a reputation all over Britain as being the player who would stand up, climb on a table and lead its singing. The song, written in New Zealand, became a hit all across the country and is a rugby song that has endured ever since.
What is the difference in years between Joe Stanley playing his last test for New Zealand, and Jeremy Stanley being picked to become an All Black and emulate his father’s success?