The year was 1986. Parramatta was victorious in the Winfield Cup, Bob Hawke was Prime Minister and Hawthorn won the VFL Premiership. It was also the very last time the Australian Rugby Union team won at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand.
Come Saturday night, the Wallabies have arguably their best chance to end one of Rugby’s most infamous streaks when they take on the All Blacks for Bledisloe Cup glory, and you need not miss a moment of this historic match when watching live on a standard or HD TV, or streaming the game to a mobile or internet connected device with a Free trial.
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The Bledisloe Cup is a test series between Australia and New Zealand, that has become one of the most fiercely contested annual traditions in the sport of Rugby. The All Blacks have held the iconic trophy since 2003, and will look to raise the Cup once again in spite of losing the first match 27-19. That’s because this is not unfamiliar territory for New Zealand, as just last year the Wallabies secured a draw in the first game but the All Blacks returned to their Eden Park stronghold where they absolutely thrashed Australia, winning 51-20 on the road to securing their twelfth consecutive Cup.
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So while for the past decade plus it’s been largely a one-sided affair, this time around it has a much different feel. For starters the Wallabies win against their trans-Tasman rivals was the first such victory in four years. The ‘Wallas’ will also enter Eden Park with the momentum of three consecutive victories, their first-ever Rugby Championship trophy, and have shown they can finish strong in matches they would have previously tossed away.
As such, the Bledisloe Cup is a mere 80 minute match from switching sides, and the Wallabies are quietly confident that last week’s showing was the real deal.
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The Wallabies will have to break a hoodoo and make history in order to win back the Bledisloe Cup, but they give themselves every chance a 27-19 victory last Saturday, a win which has seen the All Blacks fans back home in New Zealand a bit nervous given they were outplayed and out muscled by Australia, something which hasn’t been done in a long time.
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The reigning World Cup champs are coming to the end of a golden era, but there still appears to be one push towards winning this and then the World Cup later in the year. Question marks about how great this side are were raised after their loss on the weekend, with the blame solely towards a couple of key players, which will be mentioned down below. One thing we know with sport is that you never doubt a champion side, and this All Black side is certainly that.
Bledisloe Cup Fast Facts
With a win or draw the Wallabies will clinch their first Bledisloe Cup since 2002.
The Wallabies haven’t posted two consecutive victories over the All Blacks since 2001.
The All Blacks have won thirty-three straight games at Eden Park, and Australia hasn’t defeated New Zealand in Auckland since 1986.
New Zealand’s Richie McCaw will become the most capped international Rugby player in history against the Wallabies in tomorrow‘s match.
So whether you’re watching the Bledisloe Cup on Free to Air, Foxtel or taking advantage of a Live Trial offer this match has all the makings of Must See TV.
Wallabies Players To Watch
Israel Folau is the best player in the Wallabies side, and that was clearly evident on the weekend. He was great in the air when pressured by the Kiwi kickers, and gained 115 metres with the ball, doubling any other Wallabies player. He caused massive headaches for New Zealand and will look to do the same this weekend.
Matt Giteau was a star on Saturday night. He was great with the ball when opportunities arose, but it was his defence against the Kiwi big blokes was outstanding and courageous. He has been great since being called back into the Wallabies squad, and his creativity will be vital on Saturday when they head over to Eden Park.
All Blacks Players To Watch
All the pressure will be on veteran Dan Carter, who produced one of the worst games of his career in the national jersey on the weekend against the Wallabies. He barely ran the ball, and pretty much just passed and kicked whenever the ball was in his hands. He is a great champion, but he needs to lift his form if New Zealand are to retain the Bledisloe Cup, and continue their Rugby World Cup success. But don’t look for the All Blacks on Free to Air TV in Australia during the group stage of World Cup games, as Fox Sports will be the only place to see all 48 matches live.
Sonny Bill Williams is one of the best athletes Australasia has ever seen, but he was very ordinary also on the weekend against the Wallabies. His choice of kick was horrendous and when he ran the ball, he didn’t do much damage at all, which is disappointing when you see the size of the bloke and what he has done in the past. He can cause some serious problems for the Wallabies, and expect him to.