Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Magic Of Bledisloe, featuring the George Gregan miracle tackle in 1994

Ahead of this year's Bledisloe Cup, that forms part of the Rugby Championship, the Australian Rugby Union have produced a series of videos that look back at classic matches against the All Blacks from years gone by. 

Today we look at the meeting of the two sides in 1994, and that tackle that saved the match.

We first posted the famous George Gregan tackle on Jeff Wilson almost six years ago to the day. It's one of the most iconic moments in Bledisloe Cup history, so it's no surprise that it was featured in this insightful video from the ARU.

In it Gregan himself speaks about the build up to that moment, as does Wallaby coach Bob Dwyer, who describes the now legendary scrumhalf as having come out of nowhere.

'He (Jeff Wilson) beat a couple of tackles with a lot of room to move, and then veered out towards touch and a try looked pretty well certain. And then out of the clouds came George Gregan of course," said Dwyer.

In the video some of the other tries are also featured, making it a great clip that gives a good feeling for the importance of such a try-saving tackle. Australia were just one point ahead after all.

Nineteen years later, the Wallabies have a bit of a Gregan clone in Will Genia, a player that will no doubt play a massive part in their Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship campaigns. The first match kicks off on August 17th in Sydney, followed by South Africa vs Argentina later that day.

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Benny July 31, 2013 7:35 pm

Nice tackle but even better...

I'm only 6 years late but that link above about Gregan ruining Jeff's holiday is sooooo effing funny. My girlfriend raced into the room thinking I was having a seizure

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stroudos August 01, 2013 12:28 pm

Nice one, hadn't seen that before either. Classic!

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Kiwi In Germany August 01, 2013 5:46 pm

Yeah. Loved their TV show Pulp Sport. It was hilarious. Shame it stopped in 2010.

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Canadian content August 01, 2013 2:44 am

Oz will be lucky to beat the argies this year

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balanza August 01, 2013 12:20 pm

kiwi winger lost the ball himself i guess.... anyway great effort from gregan, he did never give up

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stroudos August 01, 2013 12:23 pm

Love the modest description from Gregan. Can't decide if I prefer Gregan the Gentlemen though, or his "four more years son!" alter ego. Top bloke either way.

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MunsterFan August 01, 2013 4:20 pm

SKY TV and FOX are vomit!!...Killing our sport!! €60/month to watch the HC and lions series. I would prefer to by a new jersey every month for that. BT BROADBAND all the way £10/month DEAL!! BARGIN!!

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MunsterFan August 01, 2013 4:21 pm

UPC Ireland should do the same.....huge market share then!!

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