Bledisloe Cup rugby: New Zealand and Australia draw 16-16
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Reece Hodge hit the post with a long-term penalty after the full-time siren. Both teams had a chance of winning in almost nine minutes of stoppage time before New Zealand and Australia scored 16:16 in the Bledisloe Cup rugby The Test was played in front of more than 30,000 fans at Wellington Regional Stadium.
Wallabies substitute Hodge raised the post from 58 meters in the 82nd minute and hit a kick with a strong wind behind him, which hit the post high up and came back into play.
A long series of turnovers kept the game alive for almost seven minutes, with New Zealand first and then Australia threatening each other's line. But neither managed to break a dead end that had existed since the 77th minute when All Blacks full-back Jordie Barrett scored a penalty to make it 16-16.
New Zealand relied on their counterattacking ability, going 8-3 at halftime and 13-3 at 43 minutes, with attempts against Barrett and Aaron Smith. Australia's setback with attempts against both wingers, Marika Koroibete and Filipo Daugunu on debut.
Flyhalf James O'Connor kicked a penalty that put the Wallabies in the lead 16-13 for the first time on 73 minutes, but New Zealand responded shortly after through Barrett.
A match that didn't climb to great heights in normal time, partly due to a swirling wind and heavy rain falling through the second life, came to life after the final siren and Hodges narrow miss left his teammates with their heads in their hands .
The Wallabies had started serious underdogs but outperformed the All Blacks, especially in the first half when they were exposed to the wind but kept New Zealand in its own half.
The test was a rare delicacy for rugby fans in the COVID-19 era; The first game since the Six Nations in March and the first in 400 days in New Zealand.
Both teams played under new head coaches, Dave Rennie for Australia and Ian Foster for New Zealand, but neither could begin their international careers with a win.
“It was a good start to our year. We haven't been together for almost a year, ”said Wallabies captain Michael Hooper, who completed his 100th test.
"We have a new group tonight and a couple of debutants. I'm very proud of our team, they prevailed. Man, it was close ... a kick off the post ... but we'll be back next weekend and hopefully we are we rise to the challenge. "
The teams will meet again next Sunday at Eden Park in Auckland.
New Zealand had to exist in the first half of what was left of property and looked rusty. But his counterattacking sense remained keen and it showed it after just nine minutes when Barrett scored the opening attempt.
Fullback Damian McKenzie started the counterattack after a misguided kick and connected to center Rieko Ioane on the left. The ball came back into the infield and Barrett was in a position to make a long pass and score. The attempt was controversial as reruns suggested Ioane might have come into contact.
There was also a dispute over an attempt to win All Blacks against Aaron Smith early in the second half. Winger George Bridge ran onto an inside pass behind a lineout and broke into space. Smith supported him on his left and managed to beat his opponent, Nick White, in a duel. But it seemed like the New Zealand propeller Joe Moody helped fill the void by holding back his opposite number, James Slipper.
The Wallabies played with confidence and with the wind in their faces in the second half. Koroibete's first goal came after O’Connor had doubled in size and found the strong winger in the left corner to beat McKenzie's tackle.
Then Daugunu was rewarded for an outstanding debut with his first test match attempt. White threw a loose ball at the winger, who touched down in the right corner.
"Ties are fun things, aren't they? You could say both teams had their chances," said All Blacks captain Sam Cane. "We should probably have been a bit more up front in the second half."
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