This time, the All Blacks have not done in half measures. Nine days after winning in Australia by the wire (39-37), the New Zealanders found the Wallabies, Saturday September 24 in Auckland, during the last day of the Rugby Championship (a competition also disputed by South Africa). South and Argentina). And there was no suspense: in front of their audience, the Blacks easily won (40-14).
In order not to scare their supporters again, the New Zealanders immediately took matters into their own hands. After a penalty from Richie Mo’unga (21e) then two tries, one by Will Jordan (23e), the other penalty for a collapsed maul (27e), the All Blacks had already largely taken the lead (17-0) against the too undisciplined Australians, who also received two yellow cards in the first half hour.
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And, unlike their previous game against Australia, Ian Foster’s players did not slow down during the game, continuing to widen the gap by scoring a total of five tries to clinch a point success offensive bonus. The All Blacks thus occupy the head of the Rugby Championship before the last meeting between South Africa and Argentina, this Saturday at 5:05 p.m. difference in score of at least 39 points.
Still, even if they finally win the competition, all is not yet perfect in the game of the All Blacks, as evidenced by their latest results. Beaten four times in 2022, “Rarely have they shown so little control”, thus entrusted to World the former third line of the France team Imanol Harinordoquy (82 selections) before the meeting.
This excitement was also seen at the very end of the match when Australia scored a try in stoppage time by Jordan Petaia. These last seven points conceded, which do not change the result of the match, could cost the Blacks dearly for the final classification of the competition.
Less than a year from the World Cup, the All Blacks have shown several faces in this Rugby Championship. That of a victorious team in difficulty, on September 15, that of the almost invincible All Blacks, today or during the big victory against Argentina (53-3), but also another, much more worrying for them, against these same Pumas, at the end of August (25-18 defeat, the first on their soil against the Argentines), or against South Africa (26-10 defeat).
It now remains to be seen in what form they will appear in Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis), on September 8, 2023, to face the Blues at the opening of the World Cup in France.