Wet Weather Rugby
by Paul Waite
13 Jul 2002
Well the All Blacks did enough to win down at Chrsitchurch and deservedly so. Neither side made the error which would concede a winning try on the slippery night, and it came down to shear dominance on the park. The All Blacks had it up front where it counts, driving the Wallabies to within a couple of metres of a try in the first half only to be denied by a technical penalty against them.
But overall the All Blacks had the territorial advantage and the crucial two or three genuine pressure moments on attack to generate the infringment from the Wallabies for three points a pop. But don’t think that it was a foregone conclusion – far from it. The game was in the balance right until the end, but Crusaders-like defence saw the All Blacks shut out the more polished Wallaby attack, and the penalties made the difference.
Well done to the All Blacks, and its a good start on the long path to the Rugby World Cup in 2003. In the immediate future there is a South African side of unknown ability waiting at The Caketin next week!by