Saturday, 1 December 2012

Surprise in London! New Zealand defeated!

Autumn Internationals are now over. The last two games, just like the entire series, were very interesting. Wales v Australia clash was not most captivating but all in all it didn’t lack the drama. Up to the last minute both teams only scored points from the kicks. The Welsh were very close to break up the bad luck run but in the last minute, after the successful  Australian counterattack, Kurtley Beale spoiled the Welsh party and stole the win (Wales – Australia 12:14). Another Welsh defeat means that the team is out of the first eight in the IRB ranking and  will have to face two theoretically better teams in the RWC 2015 pool stage.

A massive surprise at Twickenham! England beat the best team in the world – New Zealand. The hosts were very determined and dominated the game. At the half-time they were 12:0 in front. After the break the English team continued their effective attack and finally won 38:21. Manu Tuilagi wreaked havoc on the All Blacks defensive lines. He was also chosen the man of the match thanks to his amazing performance (two assists and a wonderful interception try). New Zealand had a bad day and could not perform at the high level which fans normally see. Possibly it had something to do with their health issues – a few days before the game almost entire team had suffered from the stomach illness…

Nevertheless, congratulations to the hosts who managed to stop the mighty All Blacks, undefeated in the last 20 games. The last time England beat New Zealand was 10 years ago! They have never done it with such a big margin as today. Well done!