Otago Daily Times rugby writer Steve Hepburn
shares his view on the test.
Star All Black
Jeepers, this is not easy to pick.
Plenty did not put their hand up but Ma'a Nonu tried very
hard and made metres every time he got the ball. Looked
dangerous and played his heart out. Cory Jane was not far
Tom Wood - Almost as hard to pick this one as all the
Englishmen were at their absolute best. Perhaps the best was
former North Otago man Wood, who was all over the park, while
goal-kicker Owen Farrell was, in the end, the difference
between the two sides.
Nonu did as much as he could, while Aaron Smith completed a
tour in which he has not quite nailed his performances.
Tony Woodcock was solid but the All Black scrum looked
scratchy the whole game.
All Black grade
E - Whenever the All Blacks lose, that is the grade they get.
Does this loss put a blight on the entire year?
And is it a signal that some of the All Blacks' experienced
players are simply getting old?
Heaviest ABs' losses
1. Australia 28 - All Blacks 7 (Sydney, 1999)
The All Blacks had beaten the Wallabies by 19 points at Eden
Park a month earlier but were never in the match in front of
107,000 fans at Sydney's Olympic Stadium.
Australia scored only one try, through Mark Connors, while
Matt Burke kicked seven penalties and a conversion for a
tally of 23 points.
2. South Africa 17 - All Blacks 0 (Durban, 1928)
The opening test of the 1928 tour of South Africa stood as
the All Blacks' worst defeat for more than 70 years. The Boks
scored the only try of the match, while first five-eighth
Bennie Osler kicked two penalties and two drop goals (worth
four points at the time).
3. England 38, All Blacks 21 (Twickenham, 2012)
4. Australia 26, All Blacks 10 (Sydney, 1980)
A famous win for the Wallabies, not just for the size of
victory but because they defended the Bledisloe Cup for the
first time. On the eve of the test, the All Black squad was
struck down by food poisoning (sound familiar?).
The Wallabies scored four times while the All Blacks' only
try, to Bernie Fraser, came in the closing stages.
5. Australia 20, All Blacks 5 (Wellington, 1964)
The final match of a three-test series which was already
wrapped up after the All Blacks claimed victories in Dunedin
and Christchurch. Australian winger Stewart Boyce scored two
tries and Phil Hawthorne slotted a 40m drop goal.
It was the last test for All Black greats Don Clarke and
captain John Graham.