ABs make history against Wallabies
24 October, 2016, 12:00 am
Over 47,000 jammed into Eden Park on a balmy Auckland evening, the vast majority of whom anxiously expecting to witness history with another polished All Blacks performance. Half of that came true. The All Blacks were forced to work harder than they have all season by a tenacious Wallabies outfit. But it still wasn’t enough to halt a tier one world record being knocked off.
This night will be remembered fondly, even more so over time when the pages of history are reflected upon. No team has ever won 18 tests in a row against top class opposition. Not before now, anyway. And you get the sense it will be bloody difficult to overhaul this record by the time the All Blacks are finished.
But, for the most part, this 37-10 victory was anything but A-grade All Blacks. Their defence was broken more times in 80 minutes than it has almost all season. Their passing wasn’t as slick. They dropped pill. Option taking was poor at times. So, too, discipline.
Beauden Barrett also caught another bad case of the yips off the tee, missing all three conversion attempts, and he was hooked just after half time for Aaron Cruden.
It all came from pressure.
The Wallabies came for a scrap and deserve credit for fronting in a big way.
But, like so many, they were eventually blown away.