2020 Bledisloe Cup, Game 1 between All Blacks v Wallabies Debrief


The All Blacks fired off brilliantly with the patient run out wide.

It pulled the trigger at the right time when Richie Mo’unga found some space on the far right.

And credit to Mo’unga to call that support passage where Jordie Barrett touchdown their first score.

For the Australian Wallabies side, they have made some effort at times.

The build-up play in the attack looks promising.

But the Wallabies identified at least three weak areas that held them back:

  • Line-out throws
  • Finishing support play
  • Disjointed communication led to the pressured defense.

They also spotted a weakness with the poor throw-ins from Folau Faingaa.

That is where the Wallabies lost another three points via the Jordie Barrett penalty goal.

But the Wallabies bounced back a bit three minutes later.

They did pick up a few of the All Blacks problems in the defensive areas.

And James O’Connor went for the safe three points between the sticks.

Just before the half-time break, the All Blacks thought they had the 2nd touchdown.

But Rieko Ioane, unfortunately, did not ground the ball at the TRY line.

The Wallabies were very lucky to escape this one.

The low support communication from Folau Faingaa to Marika Koroibete with the fumble almost humiliated themselves.

Faingaa tossed the ball only into the ground, where Sam Cane covered it defensively for the turnover.

Half-Time: All Blacks 8-3 Wallabies

The Wallabies continued to struggle with the missed opportunities.

Unfortunately, their poor communication with the build-up play and attempted finishing led to another All Blacks run.

And the home side capitalized when Codie Taylor spotted a gap for the far left.

He sets up well where George Bridge finishes Aaron Smith with the second All Blacks touchdown.

However, the Wallabies got the touchdown breakthrough with the five pointers.

They got the throw-in right before James O’Connor found Marika Koroibete with the finish on the far left.

It is just the start where the Wallabies know how to get around the All Blacks.

Nic White identified their weak defensive play that helped Marika Koroibete level the scoreboard 13-13.

With plenty of missed opportunities from the All Blacks, James O’Connor finally put the Wallabies in front via the penalty goal.

The away side have the lead with six minutes left.

Unfortunately, the incorrect maul from Rob Simmons gave Jordie Barrett the chance to level the score for the All Blacks.

And there is no outcome in the end with the draw.

FULL-TIME: All Blacks 16-16 Wallabies

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One game is now gone after today, with three more to go in the 2020 Bledisloe Cup Series.

Neither team will go ahead in this race after a hard-fought draw.

But we will have 2nd contest and the last one in New Zealand soil at Eden Park in Auckland.

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Make sure you tune in next Sunday at 1.30 pm AEDT on Fox Sports & Network 10.

After that, our focus will turn its attention as part of the Rugby Championship.

There will be two more Bledisloe games to come after this on Australian Soil:

  • Saturday, October 31 at ANZ Stadium in Sydney
  • Saturday, November 7 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane
Pit road of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Pit road of Charlotte Motor Speedway

I will be back tomorrow to post some NASCAR Cup Series content & give you the Top 3 report card at medium & low budget teams.

We are now in Race 32 of 2020 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval Course.

And four drivers right now will look to escape on a must-win situation:

  • Kyle Busch
  • Clint Bowyer
  • Aric Almirola
  • Austin Dillon

Otherwise, they leave the Playoffs scene before NASCAR launches the three semi-final events.

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