Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bledisloe Cup victory at Hong Kong Stadium

Jerome Kaino of the All Blacks leaps his way forward during the 2010 Tri-Nations Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies at Hong Kong Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Hong Kong.
October 29, 2010 - Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images AsiaPac
Wallabies end All Blacks' winning streak
Australia ended New Zealand's winning streak with an injury time try to wing James O'Connor who then calmly slotted the conversion to win the game 24-26 in Hong Kong.
It was an end to 10 successive losses at the All Blacks' hands and it took O'Connor, surprisingly overlooked when the goal-kicking was failing during the first half, to turn what was a performance with so many frustrations for Australia in a victory.
Australia went out to a 12-0 lead before New Zealand came back to lead 17-12.
New Zealand looked to have held out a last-gasp Australian effort as wave after wave washed towards the line. The ball was turned over and replacement five-eighths Stephen Donald kicked downfield, but not out, and fullback Kurtley Beale ran the ball back for O'Connor to make the most of a worn out defensive unit.

Last-gasp Wallabies prevail in HK
Australia finally ended their 10-game losing streak to New Zealand by beating their trans-Tasman rivals 26-24 in a thrilling Test spectacle in Hong Kong on Saturday.
Another All Blacks victory seemed a sure thing after the Kiwis had thwarted a previous Wallaby attack just seconds earlier. However replacement fly-half Stephen Donald failed to find touch with his clearance kick. But trailing 24-19 with the final hooter having sounded, Australia managed to keep the ball alive through several phases of play before O'Connor crashed over the line.
As expected, the game was played at a frenetic pace from start to finish with both sides giving the dispersed crowd excellent value for their money. What a shame a high-quality Test match such as this, couldn't be witnessed by a sold-out stadium.