LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Rugby Championship

Thumb_australia-ed Australia

29

Thumb_new-zealand-ed New Zealand

47
Kick-off local time : Sat, 17 August 2013 - 20h05
Kick-off : Sat, 17 August 2013 - 12h05
Venue : ANZ Stadium
Referee : Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Match status : Result
  Australia New Zealand
Tries Will Genia (38min) Ben Smith (4min), Aaron Cruden (29min), Richie McCaw (32min), Ben Smith (56min), and Ben Smith (72min)
Penalties Christian Lealiifano (8min), Christian Lealiifano (12min), Christian Lealiifano (22min), Christian Lealiifano (27min), and Christian Lealiifano (47min) Aaron Cruden (19min), Aaron Cruden (40min), and Aaron Cruden (65min)
Conversions Christian Lealiifano (39min) and Christian Lealiifano (81min) Aaron Cruden (6min), Aaron Cruden (30min), Aaron Cruden (52min), and Beauden Barrett (73min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
DGs
Commentary
Minute Commentary

82

The final whistle goes and Australia will have to do some soul searching. There is more Rugby Championship drama and Currie Cup rugby still to come.

81

The conversion is added, but it is still a very healthy margin of victory for the All Blacks.

80

TRY! O'connor uses some footwork to get over untouched.

79

Whitelock kicks the ball away after a penalty was awarded and is shown yellow.

78

Australia are making a late charge, trying to restore some pride into this score.

76

A succession of turn overs in mid-field ends with a kick into touch just short of the Wallabies 22.

74

McCaw has also left the field after an impressive return to the international stage.

73

Barrett nails the conversion.

72

TRY. Ben Smith is over in the corner again to complete his hat-trick.

71

Cruden makes his way off after a wonderful performance. A couple changes in the Wallaby back don't help, as Genia is penalised for not feeding the scrum legally.

70

Cruden goes down with a bit of cramp, allowing the players to have a much needed break.

68

Cooper and O'connor combine and look dangerous. McCaw however snuffs it out and wins another breakdown penalty.

66

Cooper's restart doesn't carry the 10 metres and the crowd lets out another round of boo's for the man from Queensland.

65

PENALTY. Cruden lands the kick and extends the lead.

64

The direct approach pays off as New Zealand milk another penalty.

63

Cruden intercepts on his own 22. He doesn't have the pace to go all the way so kicks ahead for a flying Savea. The ball beats everyone as hit hits the corner flag.

61

Cooper comes on to try and spark something. The crowd give him a cold welcome, but he could change their opinion with a good performance.

60

After a period with the ball in hand, Toomua kicks it away.

58

Australia make a change as Gill joins the fray.

57

The conversion from the side line hits the post again and is no good.

56

TRY! Quick hands allows Ben Smith to go in for his second try in the corner.

55

Pressure at the back of the Australian scrum earns New Zealand a line out on the Australian 22. A skew throw though gives the Wallabies a chance to clean their lines.

54

The All Blacks are on a roll. Yet another promising attack is halted by a knock on.

52

Cruden adds the extra's and the lead is healthy once again.

51

Try! Pace is injected into the attack as New Zealand hit the space around the rucks. Conrad Smith goes over next to the posts.

50

Savea makes a strong run, getting behind the defense. The attacking opportunity is snuffed out with another breakdown turnover.

48

Moss uses the bit left boot to clean Australia's line after a deep restart.

47

Lealiifano stabs it over.

46

Quick ball comes for the hosts. New Zealand are stretched on defense and give away a penalty right in front of the posts.

44

Franks is penalised for collapsing the scrum. Mogg finds touch to give the Wallabies some territory.

42

An early scrum in the second 40 shoots out on the Australian side. Smith swoops on it but is penalised for not releasing.

41

Kick off, and the second half is under way.

40

New Zealand are on attack, looking to hit back on the stroke of half time. Australia give away the penalty which Cruden slots, taking the players into the break.

39

The conversion is added, and there are now just three points in it.

38

A sloppy line out allows Australia to breakout. Genia sprints 70 metres and scores just before the break.

36

A chip through front Nonu catches Mogg out of position, giving New Zealand a line out in the Australian 22.

35

The new scrum engagement is causing all sorts of issues, as we have another reset.

34

Poor hands by the Wallaby backs turns over the ball.

33

Cruden hits the post with the conversion but it is no good.

32

Try! McCaw is over in the corner as the All Blacks have turned up the heat.

31

New Zealand are hot on attack in the host 22.

30

Cruden converts his own try.

29

Lealiifano is charged down by Cruden. The All Black flyhalf follows it up and dives on it over the try line.

27

The kick is good and Australia hit the front for the first time.

26

McCaw blatantly comes in from the side and gives away another easy kick for poles.

25

Craig Joubert has lost patience with the feed to the scrum. Any feeds that are not straight will now result in a penalty.

22

Its straight and true. 10-9.

21

Wallabies are on attack but the ball is coming slowly. Finally the ball is too slow and Lealiifano will have a chance to kick at goal.

19

McCaw wins a breakdown penalty and gives Cruden a chance to stretch the lead. It curls around and the score is now 10-6.

17

A slight stop in play as Moore gets patched up for a bit of blood.

16

Wonderful ball retention by the hosts comes to an end as New Zealand win a breakdown penalty.

14

No release. The pressure is eased as Australia kick to touch. Ashleigh-Cooper makes a clean break off first phase but the ball is then kicked away.

13

New Zealand make easy yards with multiple pick-'n-goes.

12

Australia put the ball through the hands for the first time and force McCaw to give away the penalty at the breakdown. Lealiifano slots another and it is 7-6.

9

The restart is out on the full. The first scrum is not fed straight and New Zealand win the free kick.

8

The All Blacks give away another penalty off the 22 metre restart. Lealiifano makes no mistake and Australia are on the board.

6

New Zealand give away a soft penalty as the chaser was in front of the kicker. Mogg misses and the score remains 7-0.

5

A great strike by Cruden adds the extra two points.

4

Try! Patience on attack and some slick hands in the backline allows Ben Smith to go over in the corner.

2

An early handling error by Australia allows the All Blacks to attack. A driving maul gets close the the hosts line.

1

Cruden kicks off to begin the 2013 Rugby Championship.

-1

An emotional Haka lays down the challenge.

-5

The players are now on the field and are lined up for the anthems. We are almost ready to get the game under way.

-10

The big news in terms of the teams is that Carter is hurt and will not play, while McCaw makes a return to international rugby. For Australia, Toomua makes his debut while Cooper offers cover for the flyhalf.

-20

This encounter is especially important for Australia because for any team to be competitive in this tournament, you have to win your home games.

-30

There is just 30 minutes before the first match of the Rugby Championship kicks off in Sydney.
Australia
Players
15 Israel Folau
14 Joe Tomane
13 Adam Ashley-Cooper
12 Christian Lealiifano
11 Nick Cummins
10 Quade Cooper
9 Will Genia
8 Ben Mowen
7 Michael Hooper
6 Scott Fardy
5 James Horwill
4 Rob Simmons
3 Sekope Kepu
2 Stephen Moore
1 James Slipper

Substitutes
23 Bernard Foley
22 Mike Harris
21 Nic White
20 Dave Dennis
19 Kane Douglas
18 Ben Alexander
17 Benn Robinson
16 Tatafu Polota-Nau
New Zealand
Players
16 Israel Dagg
15 Cory Jane
14 Ben Smith
13 Ma'a Nonu
12 Julian Savea
11 Aaron Cruden
10 Aaron Smith
9 Kieran Read
8 Richie McCaw
7 Steven Luatua
6 Sam Whitelock
5 Brodie Retallick
3 Charlie Faumuina
2 Andrew Hore
1 Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes
24 Ryan Crotty
23 Beauden Barrett
22 TJ Perenara
21 Liam Messam
20 Sam Cane
19 Owen Franks
18 Ben Franks
17 Dane Coles