Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Rugby Championship - round 4

photo: Planet Rugby
Below is my short review of the fourth round of the Rugby Championship.

All Blacks, despite pretty average game for their standards, managed to win another match, defeating South Africa 21:11. The outcome of the game could have been totally different. Springboks had a really good chance to break All Blacks’ 14 games winning streak. They had quite a few good scoring opportunities – particularly in goal-kicking but poor execution prevented visitors from getting a better result. South Africa players succeeded in only two out of nine kicking attempts. If there is a player who deserved special attention in this game, it has to be Richie McCaw. Once again New Zealand’s skipper performed really well and proved to be one of the best back row players in the world.

In the second game of round four, Argentina frightened mighty Australia. Argentinians were on the verge of remarkable first victory in the Rugby Championship. Pumas were leading 6:19 and forced Wallabies to work very hard to get back into the game. Australia managed to take the lead only 10 minutes before the end of the match. As usual, Argentinians were very physical and ruthless, especially in the defense.  Congratulations to Pumas who are playing very well in the new difficult competition and once again proved to be challenging opponent to the best teams in the world. If they keep performing so well, the first victory is only a matter of time.  Final score 23:19 to Wallabies.