The New Zealand All Blacks made history last night after they demoralised the Wallabies 37-10 at Eden Park.
The All Blacks were decisively dominant from the get-go. It was the last Bledisloe game of the year and the All Blacks got off to a flyer. They scored two tries in the first 15 minutes and the 47,744 fans, who were mostly Kiwis, savoured the moment.
Israel Dagg crossed over first after some dazzling backline play from the All Blacks. The Wallabies couldn’t keep up after Anton Leinert-Brown strolled over easily picking up the scraps after a silly intercept error by Henry Speight.
Debutant Rory Arnold got the breakthrough the Australians needed in the 28th minute by scoring a try, however, the All Blacks crossed the try-line with TJ Perenara getting a five-pointer off a charge down to take the half-time score to 15-7.
Referee Nigel Owens made the call that Wallabies winger Dane Haylett Petty obstructed an All Blacks player from tackling Wallabies player Henry Speight who was in clear pasture to score in the 45th minute.
Wallabies coach Michael Chieka and Fox sports commentator Rod Kafer were left bewildered and angry after it was ruled a no-try decision by Owens.
“He should never referee a Test match again,” Kafer said.
“That is disgraceful.”
The Wallabies found it very hard to break the defensive line of the All Blacks and had a major issue with their ball handling and discipline.
In the second half, the All Blacks were on fire. Julian Savea scored a double and set up a try for Dan Coles. The All Blacks had another try in them with Dagg going over in the final minute of the game but it was deemed to be a forward pass.
It wasn’t a good night for Cheika after he was left fuming by the performance, the referee and a New Zealand newspaper dressing him up like a Clown on the front page.
“They dressed us up as clowns today. They put our crest on it, so they wouldn’t want our comment (about the record),” Cheika snapped. “I don’t think they respect our comment, anyway, so we won’t make one.” Cheika said.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen responded to Cheika saying: “He’s obviously feeling the pressure and had a bit of a meltdown,” Hansen said.
“The best thing he can do is stop whining. If he doesn’t think people are respecting him then ask yourself why would the media dress me up as a clown and then go and fix those problems. He’s a good man and he’s under pressure.” – Jesse Mullens
Photo of the All Blacks performing the Haka from their Facebook page.