Saturday, November 06, 2010
Three big Test matches took place earlier today in the Northern Hemisphere as the End of year tours from the three top ranked sides in the world commenced. As some had predicted, it was a clean sweep for the Southerners, but it wasn't all smooth sailing.
England vs New Zealand
Twickenham was buzzing as the All Blacks arrived for their first game of their Grand Slam attempt. They played at a frantic tempo and while England managed to match them at times, New Zealand controlled the game coming out 26-16 winners.
Wales vs Australia
Wales and Australia took place at the same time in what was a bit of strange planning, meaning rugby fans struggled to keep an eye on both games. The scoreline in the end was similar to the Twickenham game, and despite Wales pummeling the Wallaby forwards in the scrum, it was the visitors' backs that showed their class to pick up the 25-16 victory at the Millennium Stadium.
Ireland vs South Africa
The final game took place in Dublin as hosts Ireland were hoping for a grandstand occasion at their new staidum. It wasn't to be as the Springboks put on an impressive forward display in what was otherwise a fairly low-key slugfest that failed to ignite.
At 23-9 up, South Africa made crucial changes that could have cost them the match. Ireland did the same but with more success as Ronan O'Gara came on for his 100th Test and turned things around. In the end though, the Springboks got their tour off to a good start with a 23-21 win.
Highlights and clips from all the matches will be posted over the next day or so.
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