Sunday, September 12, 2010
All Blacks squeak home
We timed things perfectly last night. We drove into Wellington to the Phoenix game, because the stadium was advertising $10 parking. We were on the motorway within ten minutes of the end of the 'Nix's 2-1 victory over Sydney FC. And we pulled into our driveway at home moments after the final whistle in the All Black's nail-biting 23-22 win over the Wallabies.
We haven't seen the game yet, so we can't really make informed comment on the minutiae of the contest, but we'll say this; a win is a win is a win. Turn the clock back to the late 1990's/early 2000's where we had to endure a series of last-gasp losses to Australia. The Wallabies had the wood on us, and won matches which they probably shouldn't have, and that is the mark of a good team.
As we predicted they might, the Wallabies faded in the closing stages last night, and the All Blacks put them away. To come from 19-6 and 22-9 down and close out the match shows character, and when the World Cup rolls around next year, that kind of character will be in demand.
And what now for the Wallabies? Three weeks in a row they have built sizeable leads. Twice they have been run down, and last week they only beat South Africa because the Springboks couldn't close the match out when ahead on the scoreboard and in possession. Robbie Deans is now the owner of the longest losing streak - 10 matches - by an Australian coach against New Zealand. We suspect that the psychological damage from last night's match will be significant.
Right; where's the MySky remote?