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Week 6

South Africa v New Zealand Argentina v Australia

TRC 2014 Table Week 6


Ellis Park, J’burg - 04 October 2014
KO: 17:05 HT: 21-13 Att: 61,261
(12:05 ART/16:05 BST/17:05 SAST/01:05* AEST/04:05* NZST)

South Africa

Played: 89
South Africa won: 35
New Zealand won: 51
Drawn: 3

New Zealand


Springboks 0-0 All Blacks 2mins Immense game at Ellis Park this afternoon - bruising rugby incoming!
Springboks 0-0 All Blacks 4mins 1st line out results in Boks penalty & Handré Pollard tees up for opening points
Springboks 0-0 All Blacks 5mins But Pollard pulls it wide on this huge occasion...
Springboks 0-0 All Blacks 6mins ABs look dangerous tho drop it forward in midfield but Boks pinged
Springboks 0-0 All Blacks 7mins Wayne Barnes marshalling whilst Savea & Etzebeth break out handbags
Springboks 0-3 All Blacks 8mins Actually was turnover ball but Barnes decides on penalty & Beauden Barrett opens scoring
Springboks 0-3 All Blacks 9mins Boks into ABs' 22 & on the attack but another turnover ball & cleared
Springboks 0-3 All Blacks 10mins Boks defensive 10m lineout but ABs wrestle possession & off they go towards 22
Springboks 0-3 All Blacks 10mins Ball into 22 but Boks steal possession, chip ahead & scrappy but effective hands
Springboks 5-3 All Blacks 11mins ...resulting in Francois Hougaard running last 20m untouched for the try!
Springboks 7-3 All Blacks 12mins Excellent work from Boks & Pollard adds extras to take lead...
Springboks 7-3 All Blacks 14mins Unbelievable physicality as Boks trying to get out of own half; penalty Boks
Springboks 7-3 All Blacks 15mins ABs pinged for not releasing; ball clear to touch setting up Boks attacking 22 lineout
Springboks 7-3 All Blacks 15mins Ball goes wide to far side but too far & into touch; no quick throw in for ABs
Springboks 7-3 All Blacks 17mins Fast-paced would be an understatement for this monster of a game; Boks 3m from tryline
Springboks 7-3 All Blacks 18mins Boks oh so close but Jannie du Plessis pinged for offside at ruck; ABs relief
Springboks 7-3 All Blacks 19mins Time off for suspected Kieran Read knock to head but fine; Boks clear...
Springboks 7-3 All Blacks 20mins Boks attacking towards 22 again; so far have 67% possession & 73% territory
Springboks 7-3 All Blacks 21mins Duane Vermeulen pinged at breakdown; Read looked offside to me
Springboks 7-3 All Blacks 23mins ABs lineout...Marcell Coetzee pinged for not allowing ball to be played...yeah right!
Springboks 7-3 All Blacks 24mins Appears Barnes is back to his old style of favouring ABs unfairly; unimpressive
Springboks 7-6 All Blacks 24mins Meanwhile, Barrett adds 3 more points in easy penalty conversion
Springboks 7-6 All Blacks 25mins First scrum of the match 25 minutes in; ABs put in inside Bok 10m; reset...
Springboks 7-6 All Blacks 26mins Dummy from Aaron Smith > Conrad Smith > offload > over Savea into touch
Springboks 12-6 All Blacks 27mins Excellent setpiece work from Boks giving Handré Pollard his first test try
Springboks 14-6 All Blacks 28mins Pollard converts his own try & Boks stretching lead again...
Springboks 14-6 All Blacks 30mins Only 2nd scrum; this time Boks put in but ABs collapse it; reset...
Springboks 14-6 All Blacks 31mins Collapses again but ball out & Boks heading towards ABs 22 again cautiously
Springboks 14-6 All Blacks 32mins But a knock on & it's time out...
Springboks 14-6 All Blacks 32mins Off back of retreating scrum on own 22, Savea breaks & ABs regroup...
Springboks 14-11 All Blacks 33mins ...allowing Malakai Fekitoa to sprint under posts to score in impressive fashion
Springboks 14-13 All Blacks 34mins Barrett adds extra to take visitors to within a point of homeside
Springboks 14-13 All Blacks 35mins Boks attacking fiercely & Willie le Roux chases chip thru with pace but...
Springboks 14-13 All Blacks 36mins ...bounce of ball into ABs hands while Barnes shouting for Le Roux offside
Springboks 14-13 All Blacks 37mins Fekitoa chases Hendricks to tryline; ABs k/o & carried over off Hendricks' knee
Springboks 14-13 All Blacks 38mins Time off for TMO check; Boks 5m attacking scrum in final moments of first half
Springboks 14-13 All Blacks 39mins Huge scrum as ABs do everything they can to stop Pollard from scoring > TMO
Springboks 19-13 All Blacks 39m Replay shows Pollard thwarting Richie McCaw's efforts & clear score; TMO concurs
Springboks 21-13 All Blacks 40mins Pollard quickly converts his second test try & its HT

Springboks 21-13 All Blacks HT T: Hougaard, Pollard (2) C: Pollard (3) | T: Fekitoa C: Barrett P: Barrett (2)

Springboks 21-13 All Blacks 41mins ABs miss touch in & forced to play from deep; ABs not looking so clever today
Springboks 21-13 All Blacks 42mins ABs put to test as Jean de Villiers chases ball & grounds with Conrad Smith
Springboks 21-13 All Blacks 43mins TMO checks try - no try while Boks convinced they've scored; Smith's hand first
Springboks 21-13 All Blacks 45mins Boks wasting no time tho & attacking ABs 22 quickly...
Springboks 24-13 All Blacks 47mins ABs pinged yet again & Pollard tees up another penalty > 3 more points
Springboks 24-13 All Blacks 48mins Huge clash results in Jeremy Thrush going off for concussion...
Springboks 24-13 All Blacks 48mins Dan Coles, Liam Messam & Ben Franks (HT) on for Thrush, Mealamu & Moody
Springboks 24-13 All Blacks 50mins Schalk Burger replaces Teboho Mohoje before scrum is set...
Springboks 24-13 All Blacks 51m Jan Serfontein pinged at breakdown; replay shows there was nowhere to go coz held down  
Springboks 24-13 All Blacks 53m Barrett clears smartly...but Bryan Habana makes turnover at breakdown & returns play to halfway
Springboks 24-13 All Blacks 54mins But ABs quickly return & up to 22, attacking the line; Strauss 'beaten by ruck'
Springboks 24-13 All Blacks 55mins Adriaan Strauss had just come on to replace Bismarck du Plessis
Springboks 24-13 All Blacks 57mins Meanwhile, Savea heads for corner but Hougaard & le Roux bundle him into touch
Springboks 24-13 All Blacks 57mins JP Pietersen replaces Hendricks & ABs celebrate try while Barnes goes to TMO
Springboks 24-13 All Blacks 58mins TMO Graham Hughes announces ball carried over by green so ABs scrum V
Springboks 24-13 All Blacks 59mins ABs think their over again but immense turnover from Burger; Bok 5m defensive scrum
Springboks 24-13 All Blacks 61mins Barnes controls breakout of handbags; ABs attack but le Roux intercepts
Springboks 24-13 All Blacks 62m Marcel van der Merwe, Bakkies Botha & Pat Lambie on for Etzebeth, Pollard & Jannie
Springboks 24-13 All Blacks 63mins Charlie Faumuina & Steven Luatua for Jerome Kaino & Owen Franks
Springboks 24-13 All Blacks 64mins ABs inches from tryline but huge effort from Boks driving play back to midfield
Springboks 24-18 All Blacks 65mins But doesn't take long for Ben Smith to escape Bok clutches & score
Springboks 24-20 All Blacks 66mins Barrett converts, but ABs still need another try to be in contention
Springboks 24-20 All Blacks 68m Boks attack ferociously from own 22 but rare error from Vermeulen puts them back
Springboks 24-25 All Blacks 70mins But Boks lose essential lineout in own 22 & ABs punish them with Dane Coles try
Springboks 24-25 All Blacks 71mins Barrett misses the conversion & Boks have just 10 minutes to prove their mettle
Springboks 24-25 All Blacks 72mins Time off for player attention whilst a few more changes made...
Springboks 24-25 All Blacks 73mins Reinach & Nyakane on for Hougaard & The Beast; Kerr-Barlow for Aaron Smith
Springboks 24-25 All Blacks 73mins Humongous kick from Reinach but bounce goes ABs' way...
Springboks 24-25 All Blacks 74mins Boks lineout on ABs 22 while Crotty on for Conrad Smith...
Springboks 24-25 All Blacks 75mins Boks do well but wall of black is solid; Lambie drops goal but goes wide!
Springboks 24-25 All Blacks 76mins Boks have possession again...but are way back on halfway; carry it forward over 10m
Springboks 24-25 All Blacks 76mins Barnes awards penalty to ABs even tho Messam shoulder charges Burger in head
Springboks 24-25 All Blacks 77mins Finally brought to ref's attention; replay shows no arms & intent & high
Springboks 24-25 All Blacks 77mins Barnes, however, decides there's no intent & just a penalty! Ridiculous.
Springboks 27-25 All Blacks 78mins Lambie tees up in front of posts...55m out! & he nails it with 90 seconds to go
Springboks 27-25 All Blacks 79mins ABs over Bok 10m but playing backwards as siren for FT goes...crowd is ecstatic  
Springboks 27-25 All Blacks 80m Boks pen; Lambie thumps ball into stands; 1st time since 2004 at Ellis Park Boks beat ABs

sa15 Willie le Roux 14 Cornal Hendricks 13 Jan Serfontein 12 JEAN DE VILLIERS (C) 11 Bryan Habana 10 Handré Pollard 9 Francois Hougaard 1 Tendai Mtawarira 2 Bismarck du Plessis 3 Jannie du Plessis 4 Eben Etzebeth 5 Victor Matfield 6 Marcell Coetzee 7 Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje 8 Duane Vermeulen/Schalk Burger BENCH: 16 Adriaan Strauss 17 Trevor Nyakane 18 Marcel van der Merwe 19 Bakkies Botha 20 Schalk Burger/Warren Whiteley 21 Cobus Reinach 22 Pat Lambie 23 JP Pietersen

SCORERS T: Hougaard, Pollard (2) C: Pollard (3) P: Pollard, Lambie

nz15 Israel Dagg 14 Ben Smith 13 Conrad Smith 12 Malakai Fekitoa 11 Julian Savea 10 Beauden Barrett 9 Aaron Smith 1 Joe Moody 2 Keven Mealamu 3 Owen Franks 4 Jeremy Thrush 5 Sam Whitelock 6 Jerome Kaino 7 RICHIE McCAW (C) 8 Kieran Read BENCH: 16 Dane Coles 17 Ben Franks 18 Charlie Faumuina 19 Steven Luatua 20 Liam Messam 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow 22 Colin Slade 23 Ryan Crotty

SCORERS T: Fekitoa, Ben Smith, Coles C: Barrett (2) P: Barrett (2)

Referee: Wayne Barnes Asst Referees: Pascal Gaüzère, JP Doyle TMO: Graham Hughes




Argentina ARGENTINA 21 - 17 AUSTRALIAaustralia

Estadio Mundialista Malvinas Argentinas - 04 October 2014
KO: 19:40 HT: 8-14 Att: tbc
(19:40 ART/23:40 BST/00:40* SAST/09:40* AEST/11:40* NZST)


Played: 23
Argentina won: 5
Australia won: 17
Drawn: 1



Pumas 0-0 Wallabies 1min Last match of The Rugby Championship has kicked off in Argentina...
Pumas 0-0 Wallabies 2mins Aussies miss KO ball & the knock on gives Pumas first scrum on H/W
Pumas 0-0 Wallabies 3mins Ball pops out on Aussie side of breakdown but tidied up by Pumas again!
Pumas 0-0 Wallabies 3mins Captain Michael Hooper intercepts to make up for earlier misfires & is off...
Pumas 0-5 Wallabies 4mins Hooper > Scott Higginbotham > Matt Toomua > Tevita Kuridrani > tryline > score!
Pumas 0-7 Wallabies 4mins Good work with ball in hand from visitors; Bernard Foley adds extras
Pumas 0-7 Wallabies 6mins Pumas make some good ground but up to 22 & Joe Tomane steals possession & he's off
Pumas 0-7 Wallabies 8mins Pumas attacking lineout & the make some headway before a knock on giving Aussies defensive scrum
Pumas 0-7 Wallabies 9mins G&G scrum reset on 10m takes an age before ref Nigel Owens lets it go...
Pumas 0-7 Wallabies11mins Now Aussies make yards into Pumas' 22 before brilliant turnover & Juan Imhoff's away...
Pumas 0-7 Wallabies 11mins Aussies win it back momentarily but Pumas steal it yet again! Smart work from homeside
Pumas 0-7 Wallabies 12mins G&G turnover possession back at breakdown & it's time off after some really weird play...
Pumas 0-7 Wallabies 12mins Toomua clears from own 10m into touch & have lineout just outside Puma 22
Pumas 0-12 Wallabies 13mins Good recycling work from visitors resulting in Higginbotham vaulting in under posts
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 14mins Points = minutes for Australia as Foley converts the try
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 15mins Pumas lineout on Aussie 22 & doing a fine job just 5m out...
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 16mins Pumas awarded 5m scrum after Aussies pile in offside...
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 17mins G&G captain not getting there is only ONE Honey Badger so his hair just looks silly
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 18mins Penalty to Pumas but don't want just 3 points so opt for scrum again...
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 20mins Looks good til Owens spies an apparent knock on & scrum reverts to Aussie feed
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 20mins Pumas wheel scrum before put in so free kick to Australia
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 21mins Aussies clear & Pumas have lineout just in Aussie territory
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 22mins Big Aussie hits coming in but Pumas recovering popping ball well; knock on & penalty to Pumas 
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 23mins Aussies pinged yet again at breakdown > Higginbotham the culprit; Nicolás Sánchez tees up 
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 24mins From 45m & wide of centre, Sánchez almost gets there but just falls short of crossbar
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 25mins Pumas attack again & are deep into the 22; 1m out but Hooper steals it at breakdown
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 27mins Aussies take it up over own 10m & penalty coming...
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 28mins Toomua belts ball into touch for Aussie attacking lineout just by 10m line
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 29mins Pumas win ball back, & Aussies pinged for slowing game down; penalty gifted
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 30mins Pumas attack & pinged for knock on but asst ref brings downed player to attention of ref
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 31mins TMO Deon van Blommestein pulls up Scott Fardy video of alleged no arms tackle...
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 31mins Craig Joubert clearly got it wrong; Toomua taken off for concussion & Rob Horne on
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 31mins Aussie scrum almost lost; all a bit of a mess & Pumas have attacking lineout
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 34mins Fardy gets away with pulling down maul, but Pumas end up with 5m lineout anyway
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 34mins Plenty of pick & goes along the tryline; Horacio Agulla almost gets over for Horne...
Pumas 0-14 Wallabies 35mins Determination of Pumas to be commended; defence is holding pretty well til go wide
Pumas 5-14 Wallabies 36m No clever business after 13 phases but just go out wide & Senatore goes over in corner
Pumas 5-14 Wallabies 37mins Sánchez takes conversion from touchline & pulls it wide
Pumas 5-14 Wallabies 38mins Pumas attack & Martín Landajo kicks ball ahead into touch; Aussie defensive lineout on 22
Pumas 5-14 Wallabies 39mins Nick Phipps clears the ball & sends Pumas back over H/W, but penalty coming to Pumas
Pumas 5-14 Wallabies 40m 8th Wallabies penalty conceded at breakdown; Ref considers cards then puts them back in pocket 
Pumas 8-14 Wallabies 40+1mins Owens warns Aussie captain over penalties whilst Sánchez converts penalty

Pumas 8-14 Wallabies HT T: Senatore P: Sánchez | T: Kuridrani, Higginbotham C: Foley (2)

Pumas 8-14 Wallabies 41mins Ref Owens checks with Hooper he's had a word with team re: breakdown infringements
Pumas 8-14 Wallabies 42mins Aussie lineout won but Pumas steal it quickly & up to Aussie 22...
Pumas 11-14 Wallabies 44m Nick Phipps awarded yellow for breakdown infringement & Sánchez tees up in front of posts 
Pumas 11-14 Wallabies 44mins After pumping kick over, Sánchez fumbles ball giving Aussies 5m attacking scrum 
Pumas 11-14 Wallabies 45mins Ball shoots out back & Aussies attack but Foley looking lost at scrumhalf
Pumas 11-14 Wallabies 45mins Aussies forced out wide; Agulla throws Izzy Folau into touch but gets it back 1st
Pumas 11-14 Wallabies 46mins TMO checks Kuridrani is not in touch & Aussies heap over tryline; TMO > try no try
Pumas 11-14 Wallabies 47mins TMO can't see grounding so has to say not try; Owens awards penalty against Lavanini
Pumas 11-17 Wallabies 48mins Foley takes penalty and cancels out Pumas earlier 3 points with 3 of his own
Pumas 11-17 Wallabies 49mins From restart, Pumas steal possession again; Aussies have advantage & offered pen
Pumas 11-17 Wallabies 50m Aussies don't take advantage & it's over; Aussie attacking scrum fails & Pumas pen
Pumas 11-17 Wallabies 52mins Pumas 22 attacking lineout is good; Aussie knock on after long throw; Pumas scrum on 22
Pumas 16-17 Wallabies 53mins Balletic setpiece work from Pumas ending in Imhoff flying over in corner for try
Pumas 18-17 Wallabies 54mins Sánchez takes the conversion from out wide but this time - boom! Pumas are ahead
Pumas 18-17 Wallabies 55mins Penalties keep coming from Aussies; Pumas keep taking advantage...
Pumas 18-17 Wallabies 56mins Pumas lineout just inside Aussie 10m...but bounces long & Hooper steals it
Pumas 18-17 Wallabies 58mins Pumas give away 5th penalty for offside against Aussie 10; Aussie lineout outside 22
Pumas 18-17 Wallabies 58mins But Folau binned for taking out Joaquín Tuculet in air...
Pumas 18-17 Wallabies 59mins However, Owens reviews footage & Agulla knocks Folau into Tuculet so no YC
Pumas 18-17 Wallabies 60mins Still penalty to Pumas tho; Tomás Cubelli on for Landajo
Pumas 18-17 Wallabies 61mins Toomua passed concussion test but didn't want to risk him; Aussies gift 12th pen
Pumas 18-17 Wallabies 62mins Sánchez misses the penalty pulling it wide again
Pumas 18-17 Wallabies 62mins Benn Robinson, Ben Alexander & Jake Schatz for Slipper, Higginbotham & Kepu
Pumas 18-17 Wallabies 63m Aussies attack over H/W & advantage; Aussie scrum but ref has words with captains
Pumas 18-17 Wallabies 64mins Ref warns to stop unnecessary pushing & shoving; Ramiro Herrera for Chaparro
Pumas 18-17 Wallabies 65mins Nic White for Nick Phipps & scrum reset...& again...pen to Aussies says Joubert
Pumas 18-17 Wallabies 67mins It's a 50m kick for Foley who tees up anyway...but misses
Pumas 18-17 Wallabies 68mins Pumas hand over penalty & Aussies set up 22 attacking lineout; penalty coming
Pumas 18-17 Wallabies 69m Bruno Postiglioni on for Ayerza; Will Skelton for Horwill; Foley tees up for posts
Pumas 18-17 Wallabies 70mins Foley bounces ball off upright & Pumas can breathe huge sigh of relief...for now
Pumas 18-17 Wallabies 72mins Aussies gift another penalty but it's a stretch too far...
Pumas 18-17 Wallabies 73mins Meanwhile, Hooper carded for attack in air as he bum-busts a Puma to the ground!
Pumas 18-17 Wallabies 74mins Marcelo Bosch for Agulla; Josh Mann-Rea for Fainga'a; Sánchez tees up penalty
Pumas 21-17 Wallabies 75mins Sánchez adds 3 while De la Fuente & Alemanno for Tuculet & Galarza
Pumas 21-17 Wallabies 77mins Aussies attack fiercely but Pumas win ball back; in midfield G&G win it back...
Pumas 21-17 Wallabies 78mins Wallabies scrum on H/W; but Owens calls time off to have a word with both sides
Pumas 21-17 Wallabies 79mins Scrum collapses; has to be reset & Wallabies still down a man...
Pumas 21-17 Wallabies 80mins Another time out for Owens to have ANOTHER word!
Pumas 21-17 Wallabies 80mins Still a Wallabies ball; scrum goes down again & penalty to Pumas with 20 seconds to go
Pumas 21-17 Wallabies FT Clock ticks over; ball flies into touch for first ever Pumas Rugby Championship win!
Pumas 21-17 Wallabies FT Fantastic win & well fought by Pumas. Force to be reckoned with since NO pro rugby!

Argentina15 Joaquín Tuculet 14 Juan Imhoff 13 Horacio Agulla 12 Juan Martín Hernández 11 Lucas González Amorosino 10 Nicolás Sánchez 9 Martín Landajo 1 Marcos Ayerza 2 AGUSTÍN CREEVY (C) 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 4 Mariano Galarza 5 Tomás Lavanini 6 Rodrigo Báez 7 Benjamin Macome 8 Leonardo Senatore BENCH: 16 Matías Cortese 17 Bruno Postiglioni 18 Ramiro Herrera 19 Matías Alemanno 20 Javier Ortega Desio 21 Tomás Cubelli 22 Marcelo Bosch 23 Jerónimo De la Fuente

SCORERS T: Senatore, Imhoff C: Sánchez P: Sánchez (3)

australia15 Israel Folau 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper 13 Tevita Kuridrani 12 Matt Toomua 11 Joe Tomane 10 Bernard Foley 9 Nick Phipps 1 James Slipper 2 Saia Fainga’a 3 Sekope Kepu 4 Sam Carter 5 James Horwill 6 Scott Fardy 7 MICHAEL HOOPER (C) 8 Scott Higginbotham BENCH: 16 Josh Mann-Rea 17 Benn Robinson 18 Ben Alexander 19 Will Skelton 20 Jake Schatz 21 Matt Hodgson 22 Nic White 23 Rob Horne

SCORERS T: Kuridrani, Higginbotham C: Foley (2) P: Foley Yellow Card Phipps, Hooper

Referee: Nigel Owens Asst Referees: Craig Joubert, Leighton Hodges TMO: Deon van Blommestein




Week 5

South Africa v Australia Argentina v New Zealand

TRC 2014 Table Week 5

saSOUTH AFRICA 28 - 10 AUSTRALIAaustralia

Newlands, Cape Town - 27 September 2014
KO: 17:05 HT: 5-10 Att: tbc
(12:05 ART/16:05 BST/17:05 SAST/01:05* AEST/04:05* NZST)

South Africa

Played: 80
South Africa won: 45
Australia won: 34
Drawn: 1



Springboks 0-0 Australia 2mins Anthems done in Cape Town & it's game time; awfully slippery under foot
Springboks 0-0 Australia 4mins Nigel Owens directing proceedings this evening & both sides with much to prove
Springboks 0-0 Wallabies 7mins Boks first to concede threatening penalty & Bernard Foley tees up from wide on 22
Springboks 0-0 Wallabies 8mins But Foley pulls it wide & Boks are saved for now...
Springboks 0-0 Wallabies 9mins Aussies pinged for not releasing in attacking position & Boks clear over H/W
Springboks 0-0 Wallabies 10mins Boks up to Aussie 22 & have tight lineout; some isolation but Nick Phipps offside
Springboks 5-0 Wallabies 12mins Huge driving effort from Boks just short of tryline & Marcell Coetzee drives it over
Springboks 5-0 Wallabies 13mins Owens has word with captains on discipline whilst Handré Pollard pulls conversion wide
Springboks 5-0 Wallabies 14mins Duane Vermeulen pinged at breakdown on H/W but Aussie clearance doesn't find touch...
Springboks 5-0 Wallabies 15mins Boks wallop it back into Aussie 22 & kicking game ensues...
Springboks 5-0 Wallabies 16mins Tho dry now, overnight rain has spoiled pitch & players skidding everywhere
Springboks 5-0 Wallabies 17mins Aussie adv in attacking position; but penalty Boks for Bryan Habana knocked in air
Springboks 5-0 Wallabies 18mins No malicious intent & Boks clear Aussies out of own half...
Springboks 5-0 Wallabies 19mins A lot of kicking ball away & Aussies not looking too comfortable
Springboks 5-0 Wallabies 20mins Refs all asleep whilst Bok jumper interfered with in air; Bok scrum outside 22
Springboks 5-0 Wallabies 22mins Boks attack along 22 but Habana loses possession at breakdown & Aussies charge away...
Springboks 5-0 Wallabies 23mins Matt Toomua heads up to Bok 22 but massive tackle from Francois Hougaard slows it
Springboks 5-0 Wallabies 23mins Nope - was Joe Tomane taken down by Hougaard; penalty coming from late tackle...
Springboks 5-0 Wallabies 24mins Foley tells Owens they'll take the points; Owens says no, but he can have a go!
Springboks 5-3 Wallabies 25mins Foley opens Aussie a/c; & bad news for Boks with Habana & Pollard clash...
Springboks 5-8 Wallabies 26mins Habana falls, Adam Ashley-Cooper sneaks thru in corner & Hougaard can't stop it
Springboks 5-10 Wallabies 27mins Foley adds extras whilst Habana taken off for concussion test; JP Pietersen on
Springboks 5-10 Wallabies 30mins Aussie confidence boosted immensely as they return to Bok 22...
Springboks 5-10 Wallabies 32mins Bok defence being severely tested but force Aussies back & turnover but...
Springboks 5-10 Wallabies 32mins Hougaard turnover but Jean de Villiers ships it forward 3m out from tryline!
Springboks 5-10 Wallabies 33mins Aussies attack again but Vermeulen steals it magnificently; penalty Boks...
Springboks 5-10 Wallabies 34mins Pollard can't find touch but sprints to save it & Boks turnover outside Aussie 22
Springboks 5-10 Wallabies 36mins Aussies ship another penalty with no arm tackle on Pietersen; Pollard kicks to corner
Springboks 5-10 Wallabies 37mins Boks lose lineout in 22 whilst Habana returns to the paddock
Springboks 5-10 Wallabies 39mins But Boks wrestle back possession and make it into Aussie 22...
Springboks 5-10 Wallabies 40mins HT siren has gone but Boks on the attack still tho lose yards...
Springboks 5-10 Wallabies 40+1 mins Regain ground but Willie le Roux loses it forward & Owens calls HT

Springboks 5-10 Wallabies HT T: Coetzee | T: Ashley-Cooper C: Foley P: Foley

Springboks 5-10 Wallabies 40mins Pietersen replaces Habana & James Horwill for Rob Simmons
Springboks 5-10 Wallabies 40mins Sam Carter gets Hougaard round neck but thru height difference so just pen
Springboks 5-10 Wallabies 41mins Bok penalty but Pollard again can't find touch...
Springboks 5-10 Wallabies 42mins Boks retain possession and up to Aussie 22; have advantage & penalty comes...
Springboks 8-10 Wallabies 44mins Pollard tees up & creeps score closer to Aussie lead...
Springboks 8-10 Wallabies 45mins Aussies attack into Bok 22; Pollard clear is charged down but TMO referral...
Springboks 8-10 Wallabies 45mins Sekope Kepu is pinged for pulling Pollard back & Boks penalty to clear
Springboks 8-10 Wallabies 47mins But Pietersen pinged for offside on H/W & Aussies back in Bok territory
Springboks 8-10 Wallabies 49mins Boks clear them out once again...but not for long...
Springboks 8-10 Wallabies 51mins Aussies up to the 22 but not getting much closer for no. of phases & forced back
Springboks 8-10 Wallabies 53mins Bok defence holds up well & they keep Aussies out for quite some time...
Springboks 8-10 Wallabies 54mins Teboho Mohoje replaced by Schalk Burger whilst Saia Fainga'a gives Boks breather
Springboks 8-10 Wallabies 56mins Kurtley Beale replaces Toomua & Michael Hooper pulls down maul; penalty Boks
Springboks 8-10 Wallabies 57mins Hooper not culprit; Pollard finds touch & crowd thrilled! Boks up to 22...
Springboks 8-10 Wallabies 61mins Oh this is getting a tad tedious & losing my interest...Aussie scrum on 10m
Springboks 8-10 Wallabies 62mins Free kick to Boks & Owens warns Hooper that cards are him!
Springboks 8-10 Wallabies 62m Bismarck du Plessis, Pat Lambie & Bakkies Botha on for Strauss, Pollard & Vermeulen
Springboks 8-10 Wallabies 62mins Scott Higginbotham & James Hanson for McCalman & Fainga'a
Springboks 8-10 Wallabies 62mins Meanwhile, Lambie slices the penalty & misses!
Springboks 8-10 Wallabies 64mins Boks attack again & le Roux chases ball over tryline but Izzy Folau gets there first
Springboks 8-10 Wallabies 66mins Benn Robinson & Rob Horne for Tomane & Slipper whilst Boks continue their attack
Springboks 8-10 Wallabies 68mins 19 phases in & Boks deep inside Aussie 22...2m out
Springboks 8-10 Wallabies 69mins Immense defensive work from Aussies but Boks are still bearing down hard 1m out
Springboks 11-10 Wallabies 69min Tiring Aussie defence regroups after 22 phases but Lambie drops goal from pocket
Springboks 11-10 Wallabies 71mins Aussies head to Bok 22 but turned over; Serfontein breaks > Hendricks > into 22
Springboks 16-10 Wallabies 72mins Brilliant work as Horne knock on > Bismarck > de Villiers > corner > try!
Springboks 16-10 Wallabies 72mins TMO checks Horne's late tackle on Serfontein & penalty against Aussies...
Springboks 16-10 Wallabies 73mins Boks could have score buffer but Lambie misses conversion
Springboks 16-10 Wallabies 75mins Aussies carry play into Bok territory from restart but Boks have other ideas...
Springboks 16-10 Wallabies 77mins Bok penalty comes & they clear into Aussie territory; messy lineout & Aussie ball
Springboks 16-10 Wallabies 77mins van der Merwe, Nyakane & Reinach for Jannie du Plessis, Mtawarira & Hougaard...
Springboks 21-10 Wallabies 78mins Ben Alexander for Kepu; meanwhile Lambie breaks every tackle to score
Springboks 21-10 Wallabies 79mins Lambie misses his own conversion; but there's no bonus point quite yet...
Springboks 26-10 Wallabies 80mins But Boks on a mission; Reinach break > le Roux > Matfield > de Villiers > TRY!
Springboks 28-10 Wallabies 80+2mins Lambie nails his hardest kick at uprights & Boks have it with conversion

South Africa15 Willie le Roux 14 Cornal Hendricks 13 Jan Serfontein 12 JEAN DE VILLIERS (C) 11 Bryan Habana 10 Handré Pollard 9 Francois Hougaard 1 Tendai Mtawarira 2 Adriaan Strauss 3 Jannie du Plessis 4 Eben Etzebeth 5 Victor Matfield 6 Marcell Coetzee 7 Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje 8 Duane Vermeulen BENCH: 16 Bismarck du Plessis  17 Trevor Nyakane 18 Marcel van der Merwe 19 Bakkies Botha 20 Schalk Burger 21 Cobus Reinach*22 Pat Lambie 23 JP Pietersen

SCORERS T: Coetzee, de Villiers (2) C: Lambie P: Pollard DG: Lambie

australia15 Israel Folau 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper 13 Tevita Kuridrani 12 Matt Toomua 11 Joe Tomane 10 Bernard Foley 9 Nick Phipps 1 James Slipper 2 Saia Fainga’a 3 Sekope Kepu 4 Sam Carter 5 Rob Simmons 6 Scott Fardy 7 MICHAEL HOOPER (C) 8 Ben McCalman BENCH: 16 James Hanson 17 Benn Robinson 18 Ben Alexander 19 James Horwill 20 Scott Higginbotham 21 Nic White 22 Kurtley Beale 23 Rob Horne

SCORERS T: Ashley-Cooper C: Foley P: Foley

Referee: Nigel Owens Asst Referees: Wayne Barnes, Mathieu Raynal TMO: Graham Hughes




Argentina ARGENTINA 13 - 34 NEW ZEALANDnz

Estadio Ciudad de La Plata - 27 September 2014
KO: 19:10 HT: 6-20 Att: tbc
 (19:10 ART/23:10 BST/00:10* SAST/08:10* AEST/11:10* NZST)


Played: 24
Argentina won: 0
New Zealand won: 23
Drawn: 1

New Zealand


Argentina v New Zealand Anthems are underway at La Plata...
Pumas v All Blacks Haka to come yet before we can get on with the business of rugby...
Pumas v All Blacks Visitors show little patience starting haka whilst marching band is still playing leaving pitch
Pumas 0-0 All Blacks KO Craig Joubert reffing a match where Pumas are fiery passionate & it shows!
Pumas 0-0 All Blacks 1min Nicolás Sánchez kicks off but turned over by ABs in own 22; ABs penalty & time off already
Pumas 0-0 All Blacks 1min Joe Moody replaces blood-injured Wyatt Crockett; ABs defensive scrum
Pumas 0-0 All Blacks 2mins Aaron Smith clears from back of scrum & Pumas bring it back but Sánchez pinged...
Pumas 0-0 All Blacks 3mins ...for not rolling away; ABs clear to touch & lineout inside Pumas 22; ABs knock on but...
Pumas 0-0 All Blacks 4min Pumas pinged for tackling man in air. Beauden Barrett tees up just off centre outside 22
Pumas 0-3 All Blacks 5mins Barrett has no trouble. Play in midfield & ABs pinged for not releasing at breakdown
Pumas 0-3 All Blacks 7mins But quickly ABs in control at Pumas 22 & homeside pinged for not rolling away at breakdown
Pumas 0-6 All Blacks 8mins Kieran Read takes a winding from huge tackle; Barrett knocks over 3 more points
Pumas 0-11 All Blacks 11mins Israel Dagg makes an impressive break, offloads to Ben Smith to score
Pumas 0-13 All Blacks 13mins Barrett quickly adds the extras & crowd unhappy; Pumas discipline failing miserably
Pumas 0-13 All Blacks 14mins ABs penalty from tackling player in air again; ABs halfway lineout is good but...
Pumas 0-13 All Blacks 15mins ...Pumas possession in own 22 & off they charge all the way to ABs 22
Pumas 0-13 All Blacks 15mins Whistle goes tho Pumas score after; TMO checks Dagg late charged after chip...
Pumas 3-13 All Blacks 16mins Penalty to Pumas & Sánchez tees up to open scoring for homeside
Pumas 3-13 All Blacks 17mins Tomás Cubelli loses handle on ball from halfway scrum but scrambles it back
Pumas 3-13 All Blacks 19mins Play remains in midfield & Pumas doing well in with ball in hand; ABs can't turnover
Pumas 3-13 All Blacks 20mins ABs scrum on halfway & Pumas heaping pressure on making life difficult but not impossible
Pumas 3-13 All Blacks 21mins ABs make it to Pumas 22 but Pumas recover & clear, forcing ABs way over halfway...
Pumas 3-13 All Blacks 22mins Read pinged for high tackle & Sánchez tees up outside 22 but it rebounds off the post
Pumas 3-13 All Blacks 23mins Pumas 10m attacking lineout is messy but do retain it; but eventually maul turnover happens
Pumas 3-18 All Blacks 24mins Fekitoa draws in players whilst Conrad Smith > Ben Smith > runs in try
Pumas 3-20 All Blacks 26mins Barrett adds extras & ABs raging ahead on scoreboard
Pumas 3-20 All Blacks 27mins Pumas not lying down & are battling into Kiwi 22 before a turnover comes
Pumas 3-20 All Blacks 28mins Score not quite reflecting Pumas work rate & whopping tackles
Pumas 3-20 All Blacks 28mins Time off & Leonardo Senatore eventually gets up after massive tackle on McCaw
Pumas 3-20 All Blacks 30mins Jerome Kaino spills ball then pinged for not rolling away...
Pumas 3-20 All Blacks 30mins Good clear gives Pumas lineout on 22 & is good but Aaron Smith just turns it over
Pumas 3-20 All Blacks 31mins Pumas forced back over halfway but do have 10m lineout
Pumas 3-20 All Blacks 32mins Kaino pinged again & Pumas set up 22 lineout again...
Pumas 3-20 All Blacks 33mins lineout is changed up & good; Owen Franks fails at turnover but Keven Mealamu succeeds
Pumas 3-20 All Blacks 34mins Another lineout for Pumas - goes well - McCaw thinks he's good at breakdown but pinged again
Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 35mins Sánchez tees up off centre near halfway & this time he's bang on target
Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 37mins From restart ABs charge up to 22 but tackling forces them back...
Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 37mins Time off whilst attention to possibly Mariano Galarza
Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 40m Pumas defensive scrum inside 10m; Sánchez clears halfway & ABs bring play back to midfield
Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 40+1mins Siren's gone for HT but Pumas determined in possession; but ABs turnover & whistle goes

Pumas 6-20 All Blacks HT P: Sánchez (2) | T: Ben Smith, Dagg C: Barrett (2) P: Barrett (2)

Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 40mins Fekitoa collects from McCaw into 22 but falls & spills ball
Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 41mins Time off as Juan Imhoff gets injured tackling Fekitoa
Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 41mins Imhoff's fine; ABs cleared back & Pumas 10m lineout but eventually ABs turnover
Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 43mins ABs scrum between halfway & 10m; reset & ref has words with hookers for pre-engaging
Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 44mins Marcos Ayerza pinged & ball cleared to touch for 22 lineout; Mealamu throws & Pumas steal
Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 44mins ABs scrum outside 22; Ref Joubert has to explain to hookers how to scrum *yawn*
Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 46mins Again ref pings Hernandez this time for "swinging around the side of ruck"...
Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 47mins ...but apparently there's no such law; very interesting!
Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 49mins ABs deep into Pumas 22 & kick to corner for 5m lineout...
Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 50mins Setpiece didn't go to plan as Pumas turnover & Imhoff eventually runs out of 22...
Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 51mins Pumas run it all the way back to halfway before it gets turned over
Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 53mins Pumas back in own 22 but time off as ABs look mightily p***ed off in huddle
Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 54mins ABs lineout works this time after changes; Julian Savea gets over tryline but TMO...
Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 54mins TMO to check if Savea is ahead of kicker; TMO confirm he is > no try; penalty Pumas
Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 54mins Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro & Martín Landajo on for Herrera & Cubelli
Pumas 6-20 All Blacks 54mins Joe Moody & Jeremy Thrush on for Crockett & Retallick
Pumas 6-25 All Blacks 56mins A cool pass to Savea & 3 tacklers bounce off him as he flies over whitewash to score
Pumas 6-27 All Blacks 58mins Barrett adds conversion while Joubert annoys the fans & Rodrigo Báez on for Senatore
Pumas 6-27 All Blacks 60mins ABs defensive scrum on own 22 & free kick goes to Pumas who kick for corner
Pumas 6-27 All Blacks 61mins Pumas 5m lineout is good; homeside heaving forward slowly but Landajo fumbles ball
Pumas 6-27 All Blacks 63mins ABs 5m defensive scrum which collapses; reset but takes forever to get anything going
Pumas 6-27 All Blacks 63mins Ayerza pinged yet again so penalty to ABs to clear Pumas out of 22; 10m lineout
Pumas 6-27 All Blacks 64mins Pumas end up with penalty & set up lineout inside ABs 22
Pumas 6-27 All Blacks 65mins Noguera Paz, Alemanno, Gonzalez Iglesias on for Ayerza, Galarza & Hernandez
Pumas 6-27 All Blacks 66mins Sam Cane & TJ Perenara on for McCaw & Aaron Smith; another ABs defensive scrum in 22
Pumas 6-27 All Blacks 68mins Good defensive scrum > Dagg > Kaino > Savea > Perenara > tryline > TMO for possible forward pass
Pumas 6-34 All Blacks 69mins TMO & ref can't see obvious forward pass so try stands & Barrett converts
Pumas 6-34 All Blacks 70mins Horacio Agulla & Matías Cortese on for Marcelo Bosch & Agustin Creevy
Pumas 6-34 All Blacks 71mins Meanwhile the All Blacks have bagged bonus point try & tournament crown
Pumas 6-34 All Blacks 73mins ABs have played like they do, but Pumas have caused them some headaches & disruption
Pumas 6-34 All Blacks 74mins Nathan Harris debuts for ABs & Colin Slade on for Conrad Smith & Mealamu
Pumas 6-34 All Blacks 76mins Franks brothers swap places while ABs have scrum on Pumas 22
Pumas 6-34 All Blacks 77mins Pumas win ball & they're off but not quite enough momentum to go all the way...
Pumas 6-34 All Blacks 78mins ABs shift out of own 22 over halfway; Pumas run it back & off they attack again
Pumas 11-34 All Blacks 78mins ABs can't hold them back & seat covers go flying as Agulla flies over tryline to score!
Pumas 13-34 All Blacks 79mins Santiago González Iglesias converts & Pumas fans jubilant
Pumas 13-34 All Blacks 80+1mins Siren's gone but Pumas are on attack again! Couple of metres out but ref says knock on
Pumas 13-34 All Blacks FT And finally it's all over; ABs may have one but Pumas didn't lie down & take it

Argentina15 Joaquín Tuculet 14 Juan Imhoff 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 Juan Martín Hernández 11 Manuel Montero 10 Nicolás Sánchez 9 Tomás Cubelli 1 Marcos Ayerza 2 AGUSTÍN CREEVY (C) 3 Ramiro Herrera 4 Mariano Galarza 5 Tomás Lavanini 6 Benjamin Macome 7 Juan Martin Fernández Lobbe 8 Leonardo Senatore BENCH: 16 Matías Cortese 17 Lucas Noguera Paz 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 19 Matías Alemanno 20 Rodrigo Báez 21 Martín Landajo 22 Santiago González Iglesias 23 Horacio Agulla

SCORERS T: Agulla C: González Iglesias P: Sánchez (2)

nz15 Israel Dagg 14 Ben Smith 13 Conrad Smith 12 Malakai Fekitoa 11 Julian Savea 10 Beauden Barrett 9 Aaron Smith 1 Wyatt Crockett 2 Keven Mealamu 3 Owen Franks 4 Brodie Retallick 5 Sam Whitelock 6 Jerome Kaino 7 RICHIE McCAW (C) 8 Kieran Read BENCH: 16 Nathan Harris* 17 Joe Moody 18 Ben Franks 19 Jeremy Thrush 20 Sam Cane 21 TJ Perenara 22 Colin Slade 23 Cory Jane

SCORERS T: Ben Smith, Dagg, Savea, Perenara C: Barrett (4) P: Barrett (2)

Referee: Craig Joubert Asst Referees: Jérôme Garces, Leighton Hodges TMO: Deon van Blommestein




Week 4

New Zealand v South Africa Australia v Argentina

TRC 2014 Table Week 4


Westpac Stadium, Wellington - 13 September 2014
KO: 19:35 HT: 6-7 Att: tbc
(04:35 ART/08:35 BST/09:35 SAST/17:35 AEST/19:35 NZST)

New Zealand

Played: 88
New Zealand won: 51
South Africa won: 34
Drawn: 3

South Africa


All Blacks 0-0 Springboks 2mins A most ferocious start to the game so far as Ruan Pienaar's boot finds touch...
All Blacks 0-0 Springboks 3m Pace & fierceness so far is gonna make for an insanely busy game if they keep this up
All Blacks 0-0 Springboks 4mins Boks win 2nd lineout already on ABS' 10m tho forced back temporarily...
All Blacks 0-0 Springboks 5mins But Pienaar's boot can't find touch so ABs run it straight back & into the Bok 22
All Blacks 0-0 Springboks 6mins Kieran Read carries ball over 22 but at breakdown, Adriaan Strauss disrupts; Bok scrum
All Blacks 0-0 Springboks 7mins Bok scrum is good & ball is pumped away...only to come back to into the 22
All Blacks 0-0 Springboks 9mins Crowd not happy at Bok lineout decision but ball did come off Julian Savea's boot
All Blacks 0-0 Springboks 10mins lineout mis-timed for Boks & ABs possession; end up with 22 lineout & Bryan Habana pinged
All Blacks 3-0 Springboks 11mins Aaron Cruden takes the penalty in front of posts & the board is up & running too
All Blacks 3-0 Springboks 13mins ABs scrum just inside Bok 22...this battle is immense! Boks turnover & ABs pinged
All Blacks 3-0 Springboks 14mins ABs play ball on ground but ref Jérôme Garcès sees it...
All Blacks 3-0 Springboks 15m Good clear from Boks out of own 22 & Handré Pollard pumps it into touch for 22 lineout
All Blacks 3-5 Springboks 16mins Solid lineout & draw in defenders for Cornal Hendricks to fly round posts to score
All Blacks 3-5 Springboks 16mins Sublime setpiece work & from Pollard & Duane Vermeulen to score!
All Blacks 3-7 Springboks 17mins Pollard converts easily after Boks leave ABs in their wake all over the park
All Blacks 3-7 Springboks 19mins From restart ABs carry into 22 but Boks win possession & Habana breaks well...
All Blacks 3-7 Springboks 20mins Boks take it up to halfway > ABs win it back but Boks have it again & ...
All Blacks 3-7 Springboks 20mins ...Willie le Roux & Hendricks partnership is oh so good as they take it to ABs 22
All Blacks 3-7 Springboks 21mins ABs defensive scrum outside own 22 is good & they cross halfway before hit green wall
All Blacks 3-7 Springboks 22mins Boks v good at slowing the pace but ABs now into 22 & Richie McCaw carries to tryline
All Blacks 3-7 Springboks 22mins ..a bundle of mess & bodies on tryline; Garces goes to TMO to confirm ball held up
All Blacks 3-7 Springboks 22mins It was but ref already indicated penalty coming for joining ruck incorrectly
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 23mins ABs take the points thru Cruden penalty in front of posts
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 25mins I don't know about the players but I'm exhausted just watching this!
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 26mins Boks camped out on ABs 22 & having to recycle repeatedly but ball is swiped
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 26mins Brodie Retallick forces the spillage & Cruden clears to touch
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 29m ABs win their lineout & head towards Bok 22; neat kick into touch & 22 lineout but time out
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 29m Bok defensive lineout deep inside 22 is good but Pollard forced to kick early & is poor
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 30mins But Boks have free kick so can regather before clearing to almost halfway for lineout
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 31mins Boks drive play over halfway Eben Etzebeth pinged for playing ball on floor at breakdown
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 32mins ABs clear > lineout > Boks clear ball away whilst ABs try to run it back but hit wall
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 32m Bok 22 drop out hits Read; clever ABs kick ahead & le Roux forced to carry into touch
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 34mins ABs end up with scrum in Bok 22 but Read knocks it on at breakdown tho Aaron Smith...
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 35mins ...Smith chases ball over tryline & knocks it on again; time off for injury to Pienaar
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 36m Pienaar carried off pitch by two burly chaps with ankle busted; Francois Hougaard on
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 36mins Hougaard is good but Pienaar is pivotal to Boks - huge loss
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 38mins Hougaard starts well with good clear from own 22; ABs ball at halfway into green wall
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 39mins Etzebeth & Matfield force turnover & its time off again for Strauss; Bok scrum on halfway
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 39mins Strauss is fine & scrum is solid but ABs win put in...
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 40mins Boks causing no end of problems but Matfield bizarrely pinged for ABs penalty
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 40+1mins Siren goes as Cruden tees up in front of posts but from 47m...
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 40+1mins But Cruden pushes it wide by a mile and HT whistle goes

All Blacks 6-7 Springboks HT P: Cruden (2) | T: Hendricks C: Pollard

All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 41mins ABs not used to losing at HT...Cruden KO > Boks steal possession but pinged...
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 42mins ABs pump ball into Bok territory but defence strong & turnover after Crockett spills
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 44m Bok defensive scrum good & clear to halfway; Savea runs it while Francois Louw injured
All Blacks 6-7 Springboks 46mins Cruden clears to Read to McCaw how flies over in corner; TMO to check touch
All Blacks 11-7 Springboks 47m McCaw's feet in play so it's try time for ABs after 46mins but Cruden fluffs conversion
All Blacks 11-7 Springboks 47mins Warren Whiteley replaces Louw whilst Cory Jane came on for Ma'a Nonu after HT
All Blacks 11-7 Springboks 49mins ABs in possession & in dangerous attack mode, getting to play their game now
All Blacks 11-7 Springboks 51mins The Smiths' footwork is impressive & up to 22 before lose possession; Bok scrum
All Blacks 11-7 Springboks 52mins Scrum won but not so great; clear & ABs run it back before Bok turnover outside 22
All Blacks 11-7 Springboks 53mins The Beast pushes ball back; Aaron Smith kicks ahead over tryline but ...
All Blacks 11-7 Springboks 53mins Smith gets there le Roux outpaces him to touch down & save try
All Blacks 11-10 Springboks 55m Boks in possession but stuck at breakdown..til Pollard eyes posts & drops a perfect goal
All Blacks 11-10 Springboks 57mins This game is insanely fast & furious! & Bismarck du Plessis has replaced Strauss
All Blacks 11-10 Springboks 59mins ABs charge at Boks but aggressive defence wins the visitors the ball
All Blacks 11-10 Springboks 59mins Beauden Barrett, Ben Franks & Joe Moody on for Cruden, Owen Franks & Crockett 
All Blacks 11-10 Springboks 60mins Boks attack & le Roux pass to de Villiers who breaks fantastically
All Blacks 11-10 Springboks 60mins But pass intercepted by Jeremy Thrush & momentum swings to ABs again
All Blacks 11-10 Springboks 61m ABs defensive scrum inside 10m; ball cleared & ping pong til Israel Dagg runs it
All Blacks 11-10 Springboks 61mins Back & forth til Boks steal possession & Pollard tees up from over halfway...
All Blacks 11-10 Springboks 63mins Doesn't quite have the legs & ABs bring play up to Boks 22 but stolen
All Blacks 11-10 Springboks 65m BTW...ABs fans appalling in booing & jeering for Pollard's kick. Bloody bad form
All Blacks 11-10 Springboks 66mins ABs possession as they run it & Savea almost breaks perfectly but for le Roux
All Blacks 11-10 Springboks 66mins Beast is bloodied & penalised whilst Barrett tees up from out wide...
All Blacks 14-10 Springboks 67mins Trevor Nyakane replaces the Beast as Barrett opens his account
All Blacks 14-10 Springboks 68m Huge kick over tryline from ABs boot but rolls dead; all way back & play in midfield
All Blacks 14-10 Springboks 70m & breathe as it all slows down a tad...Bok scrum as visitors camped out at ABs 22
All Blacks 14-10 Springboks 72mins Ferocious play from Boks results in 5m lineout as All Blacks chants go round
All Blacks 14-10 Springboks 74mins Playing advantage after ABs offside; ref comes back for the penalty...
All Blacks 14-10 Springboks 76m Pollard pops ball into corner for another 5m lineout; ball goes long but still Bok ball
All Blacks 14-10 Springboks 76mins Boks still in possession but lose a couple of metres; pick & drive then out wide
All Blacks 14-10 Springboks 78mins Meanwhile Lambie & de Jager on for Etzebeth & le Roux & Mealamu for Coles
All Blacks 14-10 Springboks 80mins Bok scrum is good but forced out wide & into touch...ABs 5m lineout...
All Blacks 14-10 Springboks 80mins Siren goes & ABs have to do nothing but win lineout & kick to touch for win

nz15 Israel Dagg 14 Ben Smith 13 Conrad Smith 12 Ma’a Nonu 11 Julian Savea 10 Aaron Cruden 9 Aaron Smith 1 Wyatt Crockett 2 Dane Coles 3 Owen Franks 4 Brodie Retallick 5 Jeremy Thrush 6 Steven Luatua 7 RICHIE McCAW (C) 8 Kieran Read BENCH: 16 Keven Mealamu 17 Joe Moody 18 Ben Franks 19 Patrick Tuipulotu 20 Sam Cane 21 TJ Perenara 22 Beauden Barrett 23 Cory Jane

SCORERS T: McCaw P: Cruden (2), Barrett

South Africa15 Willie le Roux 14 Cornal Hendricks 13 Jan Serfontein 12 JEAN DE VILLIERS (C) 11 Bryan Habana 10 Handré Pollard 9 Ruan Pienaar 1 Tendai Mtawarira 2 Adriaan Strauss 3 Jannie du Plessis 4 Eben Etzebeth 5 Victor Matfield 6 Francois Louw 7 Marcell Coetzee 8 Duane Vermeulen BENCH: 16 Bismarck du Plessis  17 Trevor Nyakane 18 Marcel van der Merwe 19 Lood de Jager 20 Warren Whiteley 21 Francois Hougaard 22 Pat Lambie 23 Damian de Allende

SCORERS T: Hendricks C: Pollard DG: Pollard

Referee: Jérôme Garcès Asst Referees: Pascal Gaüzère, Rohan Hoffman TMO: Peter Marshall




australia AUSTRALIA 32 - 25 ARGENTINA Argentina

Skilled Park, Gold Coast - 13 September 2014
KO: 20:05 HT: 14-7 Att: tbc
(07:05 ART/11:05 BST/12:05 SAST/20:05 AEST/22:05 NZST)


Played: 22
Australia won: 17
Argentina won: 4
Drawn: 1



Wallabies 0-0 Pumas 1min Anthems all done in the Gold Coast & it's game on...
Wallabies 0-0 Pumas 1min & Aussies start with Michael Hooper evading all attempts at tackling to charge to tryline...
Wallabies 5-0 Pumas 2mins ...brought down on line but he simply turns & places to score unfettered!
Wallabies 5-0 Pumas 3mins But Bernard Foley can't find his mark at outset...
Wallabies 5-0 Pumas 5mins Visitors looking lost already whilst Aussies are on fire today...on the attack
Wallabies 5-0 Pumas 7mins Aha...Pumas just woke up! turnover deep in own territory & Manuel Montero sprints 55m to tryline
Wallabies 5-5 Pumas 7mins TMO checks feet didn't cross touch...of course not! What a try!
Wallabies 5-7 Pumas 8mins Nicolás Sánchez starts well with a conversion to take the lead from the homeside
Wallabies 5-7 Pumas 11mins Pumas scrum from Izzy Folau spilling high ball but Aussies win penalty at breakdown
Wallabies 5-7 Pumas 13mins Shocking at the lack of crowd at the match - huge swathes of empty seats!
Wallabies 5-7 Pumas 14mins Leonardo Senatore pinged for entering ruck wrongly & Foley tees up from out wide
Wallabies 8-7 Pumas 15mins Much better work from Foley as he pulls it round to add 3 points to take the lead
Wallabies 8-7 Pumas 18mins Handbags threaten after Aussies win penalty at scrum; Pumas need to put toys back in pram
Wallabies 8-7 Pumas 20mins Lovely kick sets up neat lineout & Aussies up to 22 as Nick Phipps stopped on 22
Wallabies 8-7 Pumas 21mins Aussie 22 lineout is good & they gain some ground & edge closer to tryline...
Wallabies 8-7 Pumas 22mins Only a metre out but a strong hit on Matt Toomua & he spills it for Pumas ball
Wallabies 8-7 Pumas 23mins Visitors clear homeside right back to halfway & have lineout just inside right side
Wallabies 8-7 Pumas 26mins Pumas scrum collapses no thanks to Sekope Kepu - again! Reset & eventually get it away
Wallabies 8-7 Pumas 28m An oddly stilted match so far under the eye of Glen Jackson; another scrum on Pumas 10m
Wallabies 8-7 Pumas 29mins Penalty to Pumas & Juan Martín Hernández kicks it beautifully for 5m lineout
Wallabies 8-7 Pumas 31mins James Slipper knocks ball on giving Pumas a 5m scrum but shut down & Aussie put in
Wallabies 8-7 Pumas 32mins Pumas pinged for collapsing scrum & Aussies clear to halfway for lineout
Wallabies 8-7 Pumas 33mins Pumas pinged at lineout for being offside giving Aussies lineout inside Pumas' 22
Wallabies 8-7 Pumas 33mins Good setpiece from Aussies & Foley makes it to post to score but whistle goes...
Wallabies 8-7 Pumas 34mins Hooper pinged rightly for tackling player off ball & losing all the momentum...
Wallabies 8-7 Pumas 34mins was Phipps almost scoring from Rob Horne, not Foley
Wallabies 8-7 Pumas 35m & again Aussies go for line but spill with huge tackles from Juan Imhoff & Marcelo Bosch
Wallabies 8-7 Pumas 36m Tatafu Polota-Nau treads gingerly after knock to ankle; Benjamin Macome on for Senatore
Wallabies 8-7 Pumas 38mins Pumas pinged for scrambling at maul not loose ball at scrum; Foley tees up 10m out
Wallabies 11-7 Pumas 39mins Easy 3 points to widen gap & Aussies then continue on front foot...
Wallabies 11-7 Pumas 40mins Macome pinged for not rolling away after siren goes at 10m; Foley teeing up again
Wallabies 14-7 Pumas 40+2mins Polota-Nau gets more treatment whilst Foley adds another 3

Wallabies 14-7 Pumas HT T: Hooper P: Foley (3) | T: Montero C: Sánchez

Wallabies 14-7 Pumas 42m 18 phases in but Pumas not playing sharp & smart whilst Aussies exposing the weaknesses
Wallabies 19-7 Pumas 43mins Another failed catch & Hooper pounces on it to almost saunter over tryline for a brace
Wallabies 21-7 Pumas 44mins Foley adds the extras and a very positive start for the homeside
Wallabies 21-7 Pumas 45mins Meanwhile James Hanson has replaced the injured Tatafu Polota-Nau at hook after HT
Wallabies 21-7 Pumas 47mins As in the first half, Pumas waking up & putting together some phases, looking better
Wallabies 21-7 Pumas 48mins But Sánchez misses a penalty
Wallabies 21-10 Pumas 49mins But he has 2nd opportunity quickly & this time it's good, following some collisions
Wallabies 21-10 Pumas 50mins Jerónimo De la Fuente & Rodrigo Báez on for Hernández & Juan Martin Fernández Lobbe
Wallabies 21-10 Pumas 51mins Scott Higginbotham, Pek Cowan & Kurtley Beale on for Fardy, Slipper & Toomua
Wallabies 21-10 Pumas 53mins Bruno Postiglioni & Tomás Cubelli on for Ayerza & Landajo whilst Pumas gift pen
Wallabies 24-10 Pumas 55mins Foley adds another 3...but it's not long til Aussies reciprocate the penalty...
Wallabies 24-13 Pumas 57mins Sánchez adds 3 more as Ben Alexander replaces Sekope Kepu in front row
Wallabies 24-13 Pumas 59mins Foley having a good day with kick to Phipps > Peter Betham > corner > TMO
Wallabies 24-13 Pumas 60m Montero inadvertently stops Betham's feet from hitting touch whilst trying to wrap him
Wallabies 29-13 Pumas 60mins the try is good. But there's no conversion...
Wallabies 29-13 Pumas 62mins Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro on for Ramiro Herrera in front row & scrum coming...
Wallabies 29-13 Pumas 63mins James Horwill for Carter while super setpiece from Pumas and they show brilliance
Wallabies 29-20 Pumas 65mins Bosch finds tryline with little hindrance & Sánchez converts to bring them back in game
Wallabies 29-20 Pumas 67mins Aussies make a break & look threatening til Higginbotham spills it; Pumas scrum
Wallabies 29-20 Pumas 68mins Free kick to Pumas & lineout almost at halfway on own side...but looking tired
Wallabies 29-20 Pumas 70mins Ball heads over Aussie tryline & into dead zone but off Puma so Aussie 5m defensive scrum
Wallabies 29-20 Pumas 71mins Horne picks up ball off back of scrum but huge hit spills it for turnover...
Wallabies 29-25 Pumas 71mins & excellent effort sees ball fly over tryline for Joaquín Tuculet to touch down for try
Wallabies 29-25 Pumas 72mins Conversion doesn't go to plan; Macome for Galarza; Hodgson & White for Phipps & McCalman
Wallabies 32-25 Pumas 73mins But momentum switches back to Aussies with another penalty from Foley
Wallabies 32-25 Pumas 74mins Matías Cortese on for captain Agustin Creevy...
Wallabies 32-25 Pumas 76mins Some sublime work from Pumas as Cubelli breaks but dummies rather than pass...
Wallabies 32-25 Pumas 77mins ..Imhoff almost there under posts but Alexander high tackles him to ground unseen...
Wallabies 32-25 Pumas 77mins ...Cubelli collects but knocks on inches from posts!
Wallabies 32-25 Pumas 79mins Defensive 5m scrum for Aussies but penalty goes to Pumas; 2 scrums later...
Wallabies 32-25 Pumas 80mins But final put in too soon & penalty goes to Aussies as clock ticks over FT
Wallabies 32-25 Pumas 80mins Ball kicked to touch & Aussies have the win

australia15 Israel Folau 14 Peter Betham 13 Tevita Kuridrani 12 Matt Toomua 11 Rob Horne 10 Bernard Foley 9 Nick Phipps 1 James Slipper 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau 3 Sekope Kepu 4 Sam Carter 5 Rob Simmons 6 Scott Fardy 7 MICHAEL HOOPER (C) 8 Ben McCalman BENCH: 16 James Hanson 17 Pek Cowan 18 Ben Alexander 19 James Horwill 20 Scott Higginbotham 21 Matt Hodgson 22 Nic White 23 Kurtley Beale

SCORERS T: Hooper (2), Betham C: Foley P: Foley (5)

Argentina15 Joaquín Tuculet 14 Juan Imhoff 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 Juan Martín Hernández 11 Manuel Montero 10 Nicolás Sánchez 9 Martín Landajo 1 Marcos Ayerza 2 AGUSTÍN CREEVY (C) 3 Ramiro Herrera 4 Mariano Galarza 5 Matías Alemanno 6 Juan Martin Fernández Lobbe 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón 8 Leonardo Senatore BENCH: 16 Matías Cortese 17 Bruno Postiglioni 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 19 Benjamin Macome 20 Rodrigo Báez 21 Tomás Cubelli 22 Jerónimo De la Fuente 23 Lucas González Amorosino

SCORERS T: Montero, Bosch, Tuculet C: Sánchez (2) P: Sánchez (2)

Referee: Glen Jackson Asst Referees: George Clancy, Mike Fraser TMO: Ben Skeen




Week 3

New Zealand v Argentina Australia v South Africa

TRC 2014 Table Week 3


McLean Park, Napier - 06 September 2014
KO: 19:35 HT: 13-6 Att: 21,329
(04:35 ART/08:35 BST/09:35 SAST/17:35 AEST)

New Zealand

Played: 19
New Zealand won: 18
Argentina won: 0
Drawn: 1



All Blacks 0-0 Pumas 1min All the shenanigans are over & the rugby has finally kicked off in Napier...
All Blacks 0-0 Pumas 2mins ABs have scrum no.1 which is good, but a pass goes forward & Savea is in fact held back
All Blacks 0-0 Pumas 4mins But the refs all miss the tackle off the ball & Pumas have the scrum...
All Blacks 0-0 Pumas 4mins Good work from Pumas in pouring rain inside their own 22..but then a turnover for Kieran Read
All Blacks 0-0 Pumas 5mins So Beauden Barrett tees up an easy kick...but he fluffs it!
All Blacks 0-0 Pumas 7mins ABs scrum outside Pumas 22 & free kick to homeside...
All Blacks 0-0 Pumas 9mins Not the most exciting match...Pumas scrum in ABs 22 & don't do a bad job
All Blacks 0-0 Pumas 12mins Oh look...ABs are back up near Pumas 22 & Beauden tees up again
All Blacks 3-0 Pumas 14mins This time Barrett finds his target, & finally ABs are on the board
All Blacks 3-3 Pumas 18mins But quickly the Pumas get a bit jiggy with it & Nicolás Sánchez adds 3 to equalise!
All Blacks 3-3 Pumas 20mins ABs get the ball behind the tryline but it's Pumas hands that touch it down & save it...
All Blacks 8-3 Pumas 25mins But then the ABs get their mojo back & Julian Savea flies over the tryline to score...
All Blacks 8-3 Pumas 27mins ABs are missing their talisman kickers as Barrett misses the conversion
All Blacks 8-3 Pumas 31mins Oof there's little pace in this match...probably due to horrid weather
All Blacks 8-3 Pumas 31mins Huge scrum for Pumas - don't manage to push it over but win penalty...
All Blacks 8-6 Pumas 33mins Sánchez has no nerves over the occasion & adds 3 more points
All Blacks 8-6 Pumas 35mins Time out for water & injury check on Pumas; visitors have 56% possession so far!
All Blacks 8-6 Pumas 35mins A chip ahead puts ball deep into 22 but saved by black shirt into touch
All Blacks 8-6 Pumas 37mins Good Pumas lineout on the 22 & a drop goal is attempted but it's not on target
All Blacks 8-6 Pumas 38mins ABs clear& ball pumped away...but flies thru air all the way back...
All Blacks 8-6 Pumas 38mins ABs lineout on the 10m but disrupted; whopper of a kick from Martín Landajo...
All Blacks 8-6 Pumas 39mins ...but Brodie Retallick puts his face in the way & gets booted on his eyebrow
All Blacks 8-6 Pumas 39mins Time out to get all wrapped; play resumes for final couple of minutes...
All Blacks 13-6 Pumas 40mins A neat line run by Barrett & Liam Messam outsteps all to score before HT!
All Blacks 13-6 Pumas 40mins But Barrett misses yet again & it's HT

All Blacks 13-6 Pumas HT T: Savea, Messam P: Barrett | P: Sánchez (2)

All Blacks 13-6 Pumas 41mins Play resumes...and then rain appears to have buggered off
All Blacks 18-6 Pumas 43mins ABs waste no time with another excellent Barrett pass & Savea hurls over for try
All Blacks 18-6 Pumas 45mins But again, there's no conversion...time for Slade maybe?!
All Blacks 18-6 Pumas 47mins Israel Dagg's having a bloody stormer today..quietly in the background...
All Blacks 18-6 Pumas 49mins Pumas pinged for collapsing ruck & driving maul goes awry for ABs...lost opportunity
All Blacks 18-6 Pumas 51mins Tomás Lavanini pinged at the breakdown; immense kick from Dagg but can't break Pumas defence
All Blacks 18-6 Pumas 53mins Pumas scrum on halfway but pinged for not straight & ABs have attacking scrum
All Blacks 18-6 Pumas 55mins Pumas defence holds well, & attacking ferociously landing kick into ABs 22
All Blacks 18-6 Pumas 58mins Pumas lose ball & out to Savea; but Pumas attack again & Leonardo Senatore scores
All Blacks 18-6 Pumas 58mins But ref Pascal Gaüzère makes a hash of the call & calls knock on after charge down on Nonu
All Blacks 18-9 Pumas 62mins Pumas not disillusioned after try disallowed, & Sánchez whacks over 3 more points
All Blacks 21-9 Pumas 64mins After wholesale changes from ABs bench, Slade adds 3 after Pumas pinged at breakdown
All Blacks 21-9 Pumas 66mins ABs pinged at KO & Pumas head deep into ABs 22...good work from visitors
All Blacks 21-9 Pumas 68mins Pumas repeatedly getting pinged -interestingly & mysteriously- but Slade misses kick TRC2014 
All Blacks 21-9 Pumas 70mins Massive scrum for ABs, and tho Read gets clear, but is held up...
All Blacks 26-9 Pumas 72mins Another scrum & this it's good setpiece work from ABs as Aaron Smith slams under posts
All Blacks 28-9 Pumas 74mins Slade's fund his kicking boots & converts...
All Blacks 28-9 Pumas 77mins Pumas now playing for pride...have repeated opportunities with 5m lineouts but can't do it
All Blacks 28-9 Pumas 79mins Knock ons all round approaching the end of the game; ABs make it into 22 but no joy...
All Blacks 28-9 Pumas 80mins A final knock on and it's all over with ABs bagging a bonus point

nz15 Israel Dagg 14 Ben Smith 13 Conrad Smith 12 Ma’a Nonu 11 Julian Savea 10 Beauden Barrett 9 Aaron Smith 1 Wyatt Crockett 2 Dane Coles 3 Owen Franks 4 Brodie Retallick 5 Sam Whitelock 6 Liam Messam 7 RICHIE McCAW (C) 8 Kieran Read BENCH: 16 Keven Mealamu 17 Ben Franks 18 Joe Moody 19 Jeremy Thrush 20 Sam Cane 21 TJ Perenara 22 Colin Slade 23 Malakai Fekitoa

SCORERS T: Savea (2), Messam, Aaron Smith C: Slade P: Barrett, Slade

Argentina15 Joaquín Tuculet 14 Horacio Agulla 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 Juan Martín Hernández 11 Lucas González Amorosino 10 Nicolás Sánchez 9 Martín Landajo 1 Marcos Ayerza 2 AGUSTÍN CREEVY (C) 3 Ramiro Herrera 4 Mariano Galarza 5 Tomás Lavanini 6 Juan Martin Fernández Lobbe 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón 8 Leonardo Senatore BENCH: 16 Matías Cortese 17 Lucas Noguera Paz 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 19 Matías Alemanno 20 Rodrigo Báez 21 Tomás Cubelli 22 Santiago González Iglesias 23 Juan Imhoff

SCORERS P: Sánchez (3)

Referee: Pascal Gaüzère Asst Referees: Jérôme Garcès, Rohan Hoffmann TMO: Peter Marshall




australiaAUSTRALIA 24 - 23 SOUTH AFRICAsa

Patersons Stadium, Perth - 06 September 2014
KO: 18:05 HT: 11-14 Att: 25, 718
(07:05 ART/11:05 BST/12:05 SAST/20:05 AEST/22:05 NZST)


Played: 82
Australia won: 34
South Africa won: 47
Drawn: 1

South Africa

THE Qantas Wallabies have continued their undefeated run on Australian soil in 2014 with a comeback from behind 24 to 23 victory over South Africa’s Springboks in Perth on Saturday night.

Israel Folau started the match in fine form for the Qantas Wallabies catching the ball off the kick off and backing it up a minute and a half later as he crossed for the first try of the match. The Wallabies forwards worked hard before fly half Bernard Foley and centre Matt Toomua combined to give Israel Folau a clear run to the line and Australia a 5-0 lead.

The Wallabies continued to run the ball from their own half, racking up 17 runs with the ball in the first 8 minutes. However South Africa countered on a Wallabies ruck and were able to secure a penalty right in front, taking the score to 5-3.

The Springboks continued to attack the Qantas Wallabies in their defensive zone and despite an impressive work rate from the men in gold, eventually South Africa crossed in the corner with a try to winger Cornal Hendricks.

Australia countered quickly with a brilliant run from outside centre Tevita Kuridrani who darted and weaved his way through the scrambling Springbok defence. The Qantas Wallabies continued to attack the line until a penalty was awarded to Australia allowing Bernard Foley to convert a difficult 3-pointer.

A mistake from Australia proved costly off the restart and South Africa was able to retake the lead, leaving the score at 8-11 in favour of South Africa at the 20 minute mark.

The Springboks’ experience at the breakdown showed as Morné Steyn was able to convert his third penalty of the evening, taking South Africa’s lead to 14-8.

The Wallabies continued to attack the South African line and were rewarded with a penalty for a high tackle by the Springboks on the hard running James Slipper, which Bernard Foley converted. A daring attacking run from Bernard Foley on the left flank of the South African defence almost allowed Adam Ashley-Cooper to dive forward for a try, but the wet conditions and the hand of Cornal Hendricks meant the try went begging and South Africa escaped the Wallabies attack.

Both teams traded possession as they fought to establish momentum before half time but the score remained at 11-14 in favour of South Africa.

The second half started well for the Qantas Wallabies with a quick chase and fierce tackling from Wallabies captain Michael Hooper leading to Australia getting a penalty right in front. Bernard Foley did not make a mistake as Australia drew level 14-14 all.

Springboks’ fly half Morné Steyn put South Africa back in the lead with two consecutive penalties, bringing the score to 14-20. 

The intense battle between the two teams continued well into the second half as the Wallabies fought against the powerful South African forward pack. Morné Steyn extended the Springboks lead to 23-14 with another accurate penalty kick.

The Qantas Wallabies never dropped their heads as they continued to play attacking Rugby against South Africa. With the Wallabies pounding the South African line, Springbok winger Bryan Habana caught Adam Ashley-Cooper high, which earned the 100-times capped Springbok 10 preposterous minutes in the sin bin as the replays showed no such tackle.

Home town hero Matt Hodgson of the Western Force entered the field with less than 10 minutes remaining, much to the delight of the 25, 718 fans at the match. As the clock continued to count down, the Wallabies threw everything they had at the immense Springboks defence, as wave after wave of Australian attack was repelled.

The brilliance of replacement centre Kurtley Beale created space for the rampaging Tevita Kuridrani who threw off two defenders allowing Rob Horne to score a try, taking the score to 22-23 in favour of South Africa. The pressure kick was again placed on fly half Bernard Foley, who with the experience he has shown throughout 2014, calmly converted the try to take the score to 24-23 in favour of the home side. 

Australia held on to possession for the final minute to claim a memorable victory in Perth and return to their winning ways.

australia15 Israel Folau 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper 13 Tevita Kuridrani 12 Matt Toomua 11 Rob Horne 10 Bernard Foley 9 Nick Phipps 1 James Slipper 2 James Hanson 3 Sekope Kepu 4 Sam Carter 5 Rob Simmons 6 Scott Fardy 7 MICHAEL HOOPER (C) 8 Wycliff Palu BENCH: 16 Saia Fainga’a 17 Pek Cowan 18 Ben Alexander 19 James Horwill 20 Scott Higginbotham 21 Matt Hodgson 22 Nic White 23 Kurtley Beale

SCORERS T: Folau, Horne C: Foley P: Foley (4)

South Africa15 Willie le Roux 14 Cornal Hendricks 13 Jan Serfontein 12 JEAN DE VILLIERS (C) 11 Bryan Habana 10 Morné Steyn 9 Ruan Pienaar 1 Tendai Mtawarira 2 Adriaan Strauss 3 Jannie du Plessis 4 Eben Etzebeth 5 Victor Matfield 6 Francois Louw 7 Marcell Coetzee 8 Duane Vermeulen BENCH: 16 Bismarck du Plessis  17 Trevor Nyakane 18 Marcel van der Merwe 19 Lood de Jager 20 Warren Whiteley 21 Francois Hougaard 22 Pat Lambie 23 Damian de Allende

SCORERS T: Hendricks P: Steyn (6) Yellow Card Habana

Referee: George Clancy Asst Referees: Glen Jackson, Mike Fraser TMO: Ben Skeen




Week 2

New Zealand v Australia Argentina v South Africa

TRC 2014 Table Week 2

nzNEW ZEALAND 51 - 20 AUSTRALIA australia

Eden Park, Auckland - 23 August 2014
KO: 19:35 HT: 23-6 Att: 48,211
(04:35 ART/08:35 BST/09:35 SAST/17:35 AEST)

New Zealand

Played: 175
New Zealand won: 121
Australia won: 47
Drawn: 7



New Zealand Australia Bledisloe Cup The Rugby Championship 2014All Blacks v Wallabies The teams have arrived on the park & Australia Fair is belted out by Rebecca Nelson...
All Blacks v Wallabies Kiwi national anthem being sung by a 12 year old(!)...or so it looks like 
All Blacks v Wallabies Weather's a definite improvement on last week...hopefully a better game is en route
All Blacks v Wallabies It's the controversial Romain Poite with the whistle today; let's hope he doesn't wreck it!
All Blacks v Wallabies Kapa O Panga done & we're almost ready for KO in Eden Park...
All Blacks 0-0 Wallabies 1min Aussie start & Conrad Smith immediately blocks player from advancing - penalty G&G!
All Blacks 0-3 Wallabies 2mins Well that worked out well for visitors as Kurtley Beale knocks over 1st pts early
All Blacks 0-3 Wallabies 4mins From restart ABs attack are quickly into Aussie 22, having to recycle v good defence
All Blacks 0-3 Wallabies 4mins Penalty ABs & Poite shouts not 10...but ABs took it quickly no time for it
All Blacks 0-3 Wallabies 4mins Poite blows for penalty again & doesn't allow quick ball & cools down ferocious attack
All Blacks 3-3 Wallabies 6mins Aaron Cruden easily kicks over the penalty and it's all square in Auckland
All Blacks 3-3 Wallabies 6mins Restart is good & ABs attacking quickly almost to 22 & G&G offside giving ABs pen
All Blacks 6-3 Wallabies 7mins Cruden bangs over another 3-pointer and the pace of this game is fierce!
All Blacks 6-3 Wallabies 10mins Owen Franks offside give G&G s penalty from distance; Beale kicks for corner...
All Blacks 6-3 Wallabies 11mins Good lineout for G&Gs & rolling maul shuffles along the 22 before they move ahead
All Blacks 6-3 Wallabies 12mins So far no ground made...& then a switch & G&Gs are 2m out, but...
All Blacks 6-3 Wallabies 13mins Izzy Folau taken down short but turnover from ABs & clear for G&G 22 lineout
Richie McCaw Yellow Card New Zealand Australia Bledisloe Cup The Rugby Championship 2014All Blacks 6-3 Wallabies 14mins lineout is good & Richie McCaw's invisibility cloak falls as Poite gives YC for cynical play
All Blacks 6-6 Wallabies 14mins Beale equalises score despite raucous from ABs fans in stands; poor show
All Blacks 6-6 Wallabies 16mins Officials sleep as Owen Franks uses swinging arm & gets away with it; penalty ABs!
All Blacks 6-6 Wallabies 17mins From lineout, ABs demand YC for Nic White from Poite; ref gives just a penalty for offside
All Blacks 9-6 Wallabies 19mins Cruden notches up another 3, & Aussies aren't doing a bad job of disrupting ABs' game
All Blacks 9-6 Wallabies 20mins 1st quarter gone & 8 penalties already, McCaw YC & ABs have edge on territory & possession
All Blacks 9-6 Wallabies 21mins Matt Toomua clears ABs back into own half; but ABs come back & run it into 22...
All Blacks 9-6 Wallabies 22mins G&G clear them back slightly but ABs awarded lineout just outside 22...
All Blacks 9-6 Wallabies 23mins Sam Carter offside unseen but Rob Simmons binned for lifting leg of opposition in maul
All Blacks 9-6 Wallabies 24mins Aussies now in precarious position in own 22 with McCaw back on & a man down
All Blacks 9-6 Wallabies 26mins Somehow G&Gs wriggle out of that one...a small reprieve & all the way back in ABs territory
All Blacks 9-6 Wallabies 27mins Brodie Retallick leaves a stream of G&Gs in his wake as he trundle under posts!
All Blacks 9-6 Wallabies 27mins Nic White somehow gets under it as Poite prostrates himself in front to check - held up
All Blacks 14-6 Wallabies 28mins It's scrum V to ABs and a penalty try is awarded as they heave towards it
All Blacks 16-6 Wallabies 29mins A simple conversion for Cruden...but G&Gs aren't going to take that lying down...
All Blacks 16-6 Wallabies 30mins Aussies charge into the ABs 22 & Izzy Folau does his thing but...a high shoulder
New Zealand Australia Bledisloe Cup The Rugby Championship 2014All Blacks 16-6 Wallabies 31mins High tackle trips Izzy but no one sees it; ABs turnover & off Julian Savea goes...
All Blacks 21-6 Wallabies 31mins Savea gallops over tryline for another try while James Hanson on for Nathan Charles
All Blacks 23-6 Wallabies 32mins Cruden converts, Simmons returns & G&Gs lose excellent hooker to shoulder injury
All Blacks 23-6 Wallabies 34m Appears officials concentrating efforts on McCaw whilst ABs infringing get ignored
All Blacks 23-6 Wallabies 36mins Aussie scrum in midfield good but pass from Toomua is shocking; Ashley-Cooper knock on
All Blacks 23-6 Wallabies 38mins ABs have upper hand again but eventually knock on at Aussie 22...
All Blacks 23-6 Wallabies 39mins A time out & players blowing, gagging for HT...
All Blacks 23-6 Wallabies 40mins But don't be fooled...ABs on rampage again & attack but clock has ticked over 40
All Blacks 23-6 Wallabies 40+1mins Finally Poite's whistle goes for the break & no doubt all players are relieved

All Blacks 23-6 Wallabies HT T: PT, Savea C: Cruden (2) P: Cruden (3) Yellow Card McCaw | P: Beale (2) Yellow Card Simmons
All Blacks 23-6 Wallabies HT Sadly not convinced Green & Golds have the wherewithal to come back from this deficit

New Zealand Australia Bledisloe Cup The Rugby Championship 2014All Blacks 23-6 Wallabies 41mins Not a great start for G&Gs with ABs scrum deep in Aussie territory...
All Blacks 23-6 Wallabies 43mins G&Gs do turn it over after ABs lose it...but do little with it... but then...
All Blacks 23-6 Wallabies 44mins Sekope Kepu makes the break & all looks well til they concede penalty & ABs clear
All Blacks 23-6 Wallabies 46mins Meanwhile, Beauden Barrett & Malakai Fekitoa are on for Cory Jane and Ryan Crotty
All Blacks 23-6 Wallabies 48mins ABs charge from behind own tryline > great hands til pinged for not releasing at H/W
All Blacks 23-6 Wallabies 50mins G&G lineout on ABs 10m line & make a little ground before ball pops out into ABs hands
All Blacks 23-6 Wallabies 51mins Shocking attention from G&Gs as ball bobs around free for ABs to steal...
All Blacks 28-6 Wallabies 51mins ...& they make it look so easy with classy offloads allowing Kieran Read to score
All Blacks 30-6 Wallabies 52mins Cruden converts & Aussie 2nd half game plan is failing miserably
All Blacks 30-6 Wallabies 53mins ABs charge deep into Aussie 22 again & no matter what G&Gs try, it's not working
All Blacks 35-6 Wallabies 54mins ABs 5m lineout & Whitelock takes it; quick drive with momentum & McCaw claims the try
All Blacks 37-6 Wallabies 55mins Cruden converts whilst changes on for Australia...
All Blacks 37-6 Wallabies 56mins Nick Phipps, Scott Higginbotham & Bernard Foley for White, Palu & Toomua
All Blacks 37-6 Wallabies 58min ABs continue to pile on pressure; they're like Duracell bunnies with their energy!
All Blacks 37-6 Wallabies 59mins Another penalty to ABs & they drive ahead...inches from the G&G tryline...again!
All Blacks 37-6 Wallabies 59mins Looks like it's McCaw again but Poite goes to TMO Shaun Veldsman to check...
All Blacks 42-6 Wallabies 59mins With Retallick's help in huge downward pressure, McCaw has try no. 2
All Blacks 44-6 Wallabies 60mins ABs making Cruden's conversions easy as he adds a 5th...
All Blacks 44-11 Wallabies 62mins G&Gs remember how to play! Deep into ABs 22 & quick hands > Beale > Folau > try!
All Blacks 44-13 Wallabies 63mins When they get it right it's delicious to watch! Beale adds extras.
All Blacks 44-13 Wallabies 64mins Is this complacency from ABs? Hand over penalty outside own 22 & G&Gs have 5m lineout
All Blacks 44-18 Wallabies 65mins Great lineout > Hooper collects it, skirts all the ABs & sprints > reaches over tryline!
All Blacks 44-20 Wallabies 66mins Beale converts & Aussies have their mojo back as changes continue...
All Blacks 44-20 Wallabies 66mins Mealamu, Luatua, Ben Franks & Faumuina for Coles, Messam, Crockett & Owen Franks TRC2014
All Blacks 44-20 Wallabies 66mins Alexander, Skelton & Kuridrani for Kepu, Fardy & McCabe
All Blacks 44-20 Wallabies 69mins Meanwhile, G&G defensive scrum deep in own 22 & win penalty; phew...& clear
All Blacks 44-20 Wallabies 71m G&G lineout on ABs 10m & another penalty as Luatua flies over B/D to attempt steal offside
All Blacks 44-20 Wallabies 72mins G&G lineout inside own 10m after Sam Cane on for Retallick
All Blacks 44-20 Wallabies 74mins Touch of ping pong before G&G ball on own 22; gift penalty & ABs scrum just outside
All Blacks 44-20 Wallabies 74mins Scrum's ok but Folau intercepts & sprints to 22! Barrett takes him down...
All Blacks 44-20 Wallabies 75mins ...Ben Smith rolls Folau into touch; but what a break!
New Zealand Australia Bledisloe Cup The Rugby Championship 2014All Blacks 44-20 Wallabies 77mins TJ Perenara replaces Cruden; Ben Franks YC for infringing at ruck; G&G 10m lineout
All Blacks 44-20 Wallabies 79mins G&G almost at the ABs 22 but hand over penalty instead; ABs lineout on G&G 10m...
All Blacks 44-20 Wallabies 80mins Another penalty for ABs to set up 5m lineout & Whitelock takes it...
All Blacks 49-20 Wallabies 80mins Siren goes, ABs in possession - slow start but Luatua breaks & dives under posts
All Blacks 51-20 Wallabies FT Aaron Smith converts to give ABs highest ever score against the Green & Gold
All Blacks 51-20 Wallabies FT And the All Blacks retain the Bledisloe Cup...

nz15 Ben Smith 14 Cory Jane 13 Conrad Smith 12 Ryan Crotty 11 Julian Savea 10 Aaron Cruden 9 Aaron Smith 1 Wyatt Crockett 2 Dane Coles 3 Owen Franks 4 Brodie Retallick 5 Samuel Whitelock 6 Liam Messam 7 RICHIE McCAW (C) 8 Kieran Read BENCH: 16 Keven Mealamu 17 Ben Franks 18 Charlie Faumuina 19 Steven Luatua 20 Sam Cane 21 TJ Perenara 22 Beauden Barrett 23 Malakai Fekitoa

SCORERS T: PT, Savea, Read, McCaw (2), Luatua C: Cruden (5), Aaron Smith P: Cruden (3) Yellow Card McCaw, Ben Franks

australia15 Israel Folau 14 Pat McCabe 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper 12 Matt Toomua 11 Rob Horne 10 Kurtley Beale 9 Nic White 1 James Slipper 2 Nathan Charles 3 Sekope Kepu 4 Sam Carter 5 Rob Simmons 6 Scott Fardy 7 MICHAEL HOOPER (C) 8 Wycliff Palu BENCH: 16 James Hanson 17 Pek Cowan 18 Ben Alexander 19 Will Skelton 20 Scott Higginbotham 21 Nick Phipps 22 Bernard Foley 23 Tevita Kuridrani

SCORERS T: Folau, Hooper C: Beale (2) P: Beale (2) Yellow Card Simmons

Referee: Romain Poite Asst Referees: Jaco Peyper, Stuart Berry TMO: Shaun Veldsman




Argentina ARGENTINA 31 - 33 SOUTH AFRICA sa

Ernesto Maltearena, Salta - 23 August 2014
KO: 16:40 HT: tbc Att: 13-16
(20:40 BST/21:40 SAST/05:40* AEST/07:40* NZST)


All matches
Played: 19
Argentina won: 0
South Africa won: 18
Drawn: 1

South Africa


Pumas 0-0 Springboks 0mins The anthems are done & we have KO in Salta under the dubious eye of Steve Walsh...
Argentina South Africa TRC2014Pumas 0-0 Springboks 2mins KO was from the Pumas & are already in the Bokke 22...
Pumas 0-0 Springboks 3mins Quick hands from the Argentineans & tho forced back momentarily, win penalty in 22
Pumas 3-0 Springboks 4mins Nicolás Sánchez tees up & pops over to open scoring for this match in great conditions
Pumas 3-0 Springboks 5mins From restart Pumas are off & Juan Manuel Leguizamón breaks but whistle for fwd pass
Pumas 3-0 Springboks 6mins With Pumas' intent today, Boks were lucky there to be saved; Bok scrum on own 10m
Pumas 3-0 Springboks 6mins But doesn't go well for Boks as penalty goes to Pumas; Sánchez tees up from wide on 10m
Pumas 3-0 Springboks 7mins Kick has distance with wind behind him but not the accuracy as flags stay down
Pumas 3-0 Springboks 9mins Ping pong & Willie le Roux weights excellent kick & Boks have lineout outside Pumas' 22
Pumas 3-0 Springboks 10mins Pumas pinged for offside & young pup Handré Pollard tees up to immense racket
Pumas 3-3 Springboks 11mins Pollard follows well in footsteps of the Steyns & pumps over ball to equalise
Pumas 3-3 Springboks 12mins Boks run it back from restart but not far enough before touch & Pumas in Bok 22
Pumas 3-3 Springboks 13mins Huge pressure from Pumas but ball is coming slowly, til Juan Martín Hernández gets it
Pumas 6-3 Springboks 14mins Martín Hernández collects & whacks over drop goal; time off for suspected tip tackle
Pumas 6-3 Springboks 14mins However technology not so hot in Salta & replay not shown & Walsh bored of waiting...
Pumas 6-3 Springboks 14mins OK a bit harsh - TMO Vinny Munro took far too long so play on
Pumas 6-3 Springboks 15mins Doesn't look there's any clear screens for replays in one FAR up tho
Pumas 6-3 Springboks 16mins Turns out there was nothing in it & Boks didn't tip anyone...
Pumas 6-3 Springboks 17mins Massive scrum for Pumas who turnover ball in own half & clear for lineout over H/W
Pumas 6-3 Springboks 18min Massive kick from le Roux but it's far to long over dead zone; Pumas ball all way back
Pumas 6-3 Springboks 19mins Boks end up with defensive scrum on own 22; has to be reset before feed...
Pumas 6-3 Springboks 21mins Collapses on second attempt; on 3rd Marcos Ayerza pinged for in on angle; Bok penalty
Pumas 6-3 Springboks 22mins Ball cleared while Walsh chats to asst ref; water break called with temp in mid 30s
Pumas 6-3 Springboks 21mins That's 93 degrees to you others who don't do metric 
Pumas 6-3 Springboks 22mins Pumas pinged for collapsing maul deep in own territory; Pollard tees up on 22
Pumas 6-6 Springboks 23mins Pollard ignores the jeers & equalises in nonchalant fashion
Pumas 6-6 Springboks 25mins Pumas take play towards Bok 22; Boks turnover but waste it for Pumas 22 lineout...
Pumas 6-6 Springboks 26mins Sánchez runs straight tho Francois Louw stops him but recycled & they're inches out
Pumas 11-6 Springboks 26mins Boks can't keep up as Pumas go wide & Manuel Montero puts it down in corner
Pumas 13-6 Springboks 28mins Sánchez adds extras & Boks not looking so clever today; Pumas have so stepped it up!
Pumas 13-6 Springboks 29mins But as quickly as Pumas gain momentum, they hand over ANOTHER penalty in own 22...
Pumas 13-9 Springboks 30mins Puma came in over the top not rolling away & Pollard punishes them with 3 points
Argentina South Africa TRC2014Pumas 13-9 Springboks 31mins Well, a definite monumental improvement on last week's tragic game in Pretoria!
Pumas 13-9 Springboks 31m Lots of recycled ball as Pumas slowly make waves up to Bok 22 again; not quickest ball
Pumas 13-14 Springboks 32m But loose ball > Ruan Pienaar kicks ahead > Bryan Habana chases & jumps on it over tryline
Pumas 13-16 Springboks 33mins Pollard converts & the Boks have switched up a gear, pouncing on opportunities
Pumas 13-16 Springboks 34mins Another time out - expect a few - & Martín Landajo slices to touch beautifully...
Pumas 13-16 Springboks 35mins lineout on 22 & Boks save themselves again & clear, but Sánchez breaks > Pablo Matera
Pumas 13-16 Springboks 36mins Pumas oh so close & fast but Bok intercept; Habana doesn't get away this time
Pumas 13-16 Springboks 37mins Time off as Pumas lose Matera to busted arm; le Roux clears back to H/W
Pumas 13-16 Springboks 38mins Leonardo Senatore on for Matera, & Tomás Cubelli on for Landajo
Pumas 13-16 Springboks 39mins Boks almost lose lead to penalty kick from Sánchez but pulls it wide to right
Pumas 13-16 Springboks 40mins Puma lineout on Bok 10m but pops out for Boks to steal & clear...
Pumas 13-16 Springboks 40+1mins But Pumas run it back into Bok territory after siren goes; into Bok 22 but HT

Pumas 13-16 Springboks HT T: Montero C: Sánchez P: Sánchez DG: Hernández | T: Habana C: Pollard P: Pollard (3)

Pumas 13-16 Springboks 42mins We're back and Bok scrum on Puma 22...but there's so much faffing around going on
Pumas 13-16 Springboks 44mins Pumas end up clearing Boks back over H/W & secure lineout...Pumas scrum work is good
Pumas 13-16 Springboks 44mins Just 5m out from own tryline, Boks manage to turnover & Pienaar clears...but not far
Pumas 13-16 Springboks 46mins Puma lineout on Bok 22 & back in they head; forced one way then other but in possession
Pumas 13-16 Springboks 47mins A bundle over the tryline but possibly le Roux held it up > TMO to confirm yay or nay
Pumas 18-16 Springboks 47mins Replay shows Cubelli running thru two poor tackles & twist over tryline to score
Pumas 20-16 Springboks 48mins Good work from homeside as Sánchez converts; of replacements
Pumas 20-16 Springboks 48mins The Beast & Frans Malherbe came on for Jannie du Plessis & Steenkamp in front row
Pumas 20-16 Springboks 50mins Elsewhere on the paddock, the Pumas are back in Boks' 22...& looking dangerous
Pumas 20-16 Springboks 51mins Joaquín Tuculet flies over in the corner with le Roux & de Villiers on tail > TMO
Pumas 25-16 Springboks 51mins Grounding needs checking as feet are tidy...but it's all good & try no.3 for Pumas
Pumas 25-16 Springboks 53mins Sánchez kicks from touch but conversion goes way past uprights.
Pumas 25-16 Springboks 54m Pumas so in control as coach Heyneke Meyer shakes head in despair at defensive 22 lineout
Pumas 25-16 Springboks 55mins Boks secure lineout but promptly lose it outside 22 for Pumas to run it back in...
Pumas 28-16 SpArgentina South Africa TRC2014ringboks 56mins Louw pinged for offside in own 22 and Sánchez punishes him with 3 more points
Pumas 28-16 Springboks 56mins Morné Steyn replaces the Bok protégé Handré Pollard who's done his job well
Pumas 28-16 Springboks 57mins Meanwhile Pienaar pumps ball downfield but doesn't find touch...
Pumas 28-16 Springboks 58mins Neat kick back gives Boks defensive lineout on 10m but hooker blinded by sun
Pumas 28-16 Springboks 58mins Marcell Coetzee & Adriaan Strauss on for Juan Smith & Bismarck du Plessis...
Pumas 28-16 Springboks 58m Meanwhile, Cornal Hendricks escapes Puma clutches long enough to touchdown in corner
Pumas 28-23 Springboks 59mins After numerous replays, TMO says try is good, & Steyn converts, creeping Boks back
Pumas 28-23 Springboks 62mins Francois Hougaard on for Pienaar & Boks deep in Pumas 22; time off...
Pumas 28-23 Springboks 62mins Bok attacking scrum inside Pumas' 22 collapses...
Pumas 28-23 Springboks 63m Reset & it goes down again...Walsh shuffles scrum over & has word with Bok front row
Pumas 28-23 Springboks 64mins After a load more faffing, penalty goes to Pumas; Bok coaches having hissyfits
Pumas 28-23 Springboks 65mins Pumas quickly shift momentum their way & up to Bok 22 before Sánchez drops back...
Pumas 28-23 Springboks 66mins Drop goal doesn't fly this time tho Sánchez wants to go to TMO.
Pumas 28-23 Springboks 67mins 22 drop out & Boks take play up to Pumas' 22; kick goes long tho...
Pumas 28-28 Springboks 69mins Boks have 5m lineout; setpiece is good & Boks use Pumas style of huge drive to score
Pumas 28-30 Springboks 70mins Coetzee claims the try & Steyn has no problem with conversion to take lead again
Pumas 28-30 Springboks 71mins Fantastic knife-edge rugby; Chaparro & Alemanno on for Herrera & Lavanini
Pumas 28-30 Springboks 72mins Bok scrum on H/W & Walsh moves it over to centre for harder ground...
Pumas 28-30 Springboks 73mins Pumas do good; Leguizamón knocks on in air but Bok late tackle gives penalty
Pumas31-30 Springboks 74mins Marcelo Bosch takes the penalty kick at uprights and so finds his mark for lead again
Pumas31-30 Springboks 75mins Pumas need every ounce of discipline with Boks back in their 22 attacking already...
Pumas 31-30 Springboks 77m Ayerza(?) pinged for not rolling away & Steyn tees up kick he could get in his sleep
Pumas 31-33 Springboks 77mins And it's over...Boks back in charge...for a final 2 minutes...
Argentina South Africa TRC2014Pumas 31-33 Springboks 79mins Pumas in possession and over H/W but still within Bok 10m; Bok turnover & Steyn clears
Pumas 31-33 Springboks 79mins de la Fuente, Agulla & Postiglioni on for Sánchez, Montero & Ayerza... time off...
Pumas 31-33 Springboks 80m Pumas back in possession & on Bok 10m; penalty Pumas as siren goes & decision to be made
Pumas 31-33 Springboks 81mins Matías Cortese replaces captain Creevy & Pumas opt for scrum..shoulda taken points!
Pumas 31-33 Springboks 81m Scrum not so great > ball pumped into touch for Bok win by narrowest of margins...& luck

Argentina15 Joaquín Tuculet 14 Lucas González Amorosino 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 Juan Martín Hernández 11 Manuel Montero 10 Nicolás Sánchez 9 Martín Landajo 1 Marcos Ayerza 2 AGUSTÍN CREEVY (C) 3 Ramiro Herrera 4 Mariano Galarza 5 Tomás Lavanini 6 Pablo Matera 7 Juan Martin Fernández Lobbe 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamón BENCH: 16 Matías Cortese 17 Bruno Postiglioni 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 19 Matías Alemanno 20 Leonardo Senatore 21 Tomás Cubelli 22 Jerónimo De la Fuente 23 Horacio Agulla

SCORERS T: Montero, Cubelli, Tuculet C: Sánchez (2) P: Sánchez (2), Bosch DG: Hernández

South Africa15 Willie le Roux 14 Cornal Hendricks 13 Damian de Allende 12 JEAN DE VILLIERS (C) 11 Bryan Habana 10 Handré Pollard 9 Ruan Pienaar 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp 2 Bismarck du Plessis 3 Jannie du Plessis 4 Eben Etzebeth 5 Lood de Jager 6 Francois Louw 7 Juan Smith 8 Duane Vermeulen BENCH: 16 Adriaan Strauss 17 Tendai Mtawarira 18 Frans Malherbe 19 Bakkies Botha 20 Marcell Coetzee 21 Francois Hougaard 22 Morné Steyn 23 Lwazi Mvovo

SCORERS T: Habana, Henricks, Coetzee C: Pollard, Steyn (2) P: Pollard (3), Steyn

Referee: Steve Walsh Asst Referees: John Lacey, Marius Mitrea TMO: Vinny Munro




Week 1

Australia v New Zealand South Africa v Argentina

TRC 2014 Table Week 1

australia AUSTRALIA 12 - 12 NEW ZEALANDnz

ANZ Stadium, Sydney - Saturday 16th August 2013
KO: 20:05 AEST HT: 3-9 Att: 68,627
(07:05 ART/11:05 BST/12:05 SAST/22:05 NZST)


Played: 174
Australia won: 47
New Zealand won: 120
Drawn: 7

New Zealand

THE Qantas Wallabies halted the All Blacks’ world record run of 17 straight wins with a brutal 12-12 draw at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

In front of 68, 627 fans, the Qantas Wallabies were unable to claim victory in the first match of The Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup despite being the more dominant side in the second half.

Australia v New Zealand 2014On a wet Sydney night it was clear both sides would be in for a tough battle with strong hands and a solid set piece needed for victory.

Australia started the match well, controlling the early collisions after winning the ball off their own kick off.

New Zealand were given the opportunity for first points in the match in the third minute after an Australian forward was penalised for diving into the ruck. New Zealand fly half Aaron Cruden converted the kick to give the All Blacks a 3-0 lead. 

Australian captain Michael Hooper was on to his duties early where his dominance at the breakdown allowed Australia to earn a penalty and gain valuable possession. Kurtley Beale had the opportunity to level the scores in the 11th minute, and he didn’t miss as the score moved to 3-3.

As the two sides fought for early dominance in the set piece, Australian lock Scott Fardy was penalised at the lineout, giving Aaron Cruden another opportunity at goal. The kick sliced to the right of the posts at the southern end leaving both sides locked in a tight tussle for score superiority.

The All Blacks, never deterred, continued probing at the breakdown. Cruden converted another penalty, giving the All Blacks a 6-3 lead over the Qantas Wallabies. As Australia struggled to maintain consistent pressure at the All Blacks’ end of the field, New Zealand extended their lead through the boot of Cruden, taking the score to 9-3. 

A daring run by Australian captain Michael Hooper off the base of the lineout, gave the Qantas Wallabies an attacking option inside the All Blacks’ defensive zone. The ever present New Zealand defence desperately pushed the Wallabies out as the Australian outside backs tested their feet.

With minutes to go in the first half, the Qantas Wallabies sent wave after wave of attack on the New Zealand defensive lines as All Blacks’ prop Wyatt Crockett was sent to the sin bin for being offside and disturbing the Wallabies’ ball.  New Zealand was again penalised for defending from an offside position after the halftime siren, but fly half Kurtley Beale was unable to convert the opportunity for points, leaving the halftime the score at New Zealand 9 to Australia’s 3, but with the home side showing plenty of promise in the final stages of the first half.

Australia v New ZealandThe second half started at a frenetic pace as the Qantas Wallabies looked to set the agenda early. Australia was rewarded for that dominance with a penalty kick 25 metres out after All Blacks flanker Ritchie McCaw was caught in an offside position. This time Kurtley Beale made no mistake, taking the score to 9-6 in favour of the visitors.

In the 47th minute, with New Zealand down in Australia’s territory, All Blacks captain Ritchie McCaw was again penalised at the breakdown, allowing Australia to clear the ball. As both sides increased the tempo, New Zealand again infringed at the breakdown allowing the Wallabies to level the score in the 56th minute of the match at 9-9. 

The All Blacks struck back soon after though with a further penalty of their own as both sides traded blows at the set piece giving the All Blacks a lead of 12-9.

Australia continued to attack the All Blacks’ defence for several phases and with an overlap looming hooker Nathan Charles pushed a flat ball to winger Pat McCabe who was bundled into touch by Ryan Crotty and Julian Savea. 

Replacement Beauden Barrett was sent off almost as quickly as he came on for joining a ruck from the wrong side, leaving New Zealand down to 14 men with little over 10 minutes left in the match. Kurtley Beale converted the points bringing the scores level at 12-12.

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie brought on his late replacements with Will Skelton and Bernard Foley entering the field of play.

Australia v New ZealandWith the clock ticking the tension inside ANZ Stadium rose as both sides battled to secure the victory. At 12-12 and the clock counting down to less than a minute, the Wallabies had an attacking scrum 22 metres out from New Zealand’s line.

A vocal crowd cheered for the home side as the continued to pound the New Zealand defence, but they were ultimately beaten by the clock with the scores locked at 12-12.

australia15 Israel Folau 14 Pat McCabe 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper 12 Matt Toomua 11 Rob Horne 10 Kurtley Beale 9 Nic White 1 James Slipper 2 Nathan Charles 3 Sekope Kepu 4 Sam Carter 5 Rob Simmons 6 Scott Fardy 7 MICHAEL HOOPER (C) 8 Wycliff Palu BENCH: 16 James Hanson 17 Pek Cowan 18 Ben Alexander 19 Will Skelton 20 Scott Higginbotham 21 Nick Phipps 22 Bernard Foley 23 Tevita Kuridrani

SCORERS P: Beale (4)

nz15 Ben Smith 14 Cory Jane 13 Malakai Fekitoa 12 Ma'a Nonu 11 Julian Savea 10 Aaron Cruden 9 Aaron Smith 1 Wyatt Crockett 2 Dane Coles 3 Owen Franks 4 Brodie Retallick 5 Sam Whitelock 6 Jerome Kaino 7 RICHIE MCCAW (C) 8 Kieran Read BENCH: 16 Keven Mealamu 17 Ben Franks 18 Joe Moody* 19 Steven Luatua 20 Sam Cane 21 TJ Perenara 22 Beauden Barrett 23 Ryan Crotty

SCORERS P:  Cruden (4) Yellow Card Crockett, Barrett

Referee: Jaco Peyper Asst Referees: Romain Poite, Stuart Berry TMO: Shaun Veldsman




sa SOUTH AFRICA 13 - 6 ARGENTINA Argentina

Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria - Saturday 16th August 2013
KO: 17:05 SAST HT: 10-3 Att: tbc
(12:05 ART/16:05 BST/01:05† AEST/03:05†NZST)

South Africa

All matches
Played: 18
South Africa won: 17
Argentina won: 0
Drawn: 1



Bit of Springboks team news to kick things off. Marcell Coetzee replaces Willem Alberts at 7 and Jean De Villiers returns from injury.
Western Province's Damian de Allende makes his debut for the Springboks at 13 against the very experienced Pumas Marcelo Bosch.
Springboks looking to stretch their run of 7 consecutive wins. 
Whereas the Pumas had a tough summer at home, losing to Scotland and Ireland.
IRB Junior Player of the Year Handré Pollard starts at 10 for Springboks, while Lodewyk De Jager fills Victor Matfield's sizeable boots.
Springboks PumasSpringboks and Pumas captains Jean de Villiers and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe lead their teams out for the national anthems
The weather is hideous in Pretoria. Rain has turned to pretty big hail. How will the conditions affect the Rugby? 
Will the Springboks take advantage of having a larger pack? Here we go. Pollard gets us underway.
Springboks 0-0 Pumas 0mins first lineout and Bismarck du Plessis finds his mark. Boks set up a drive.
TRY! Springboks 5-0 Pumas 1mins du Plessis makes a break down the blindside and Ruan Pienaar finishes
CONV! Springboks 7-0 Pumas 2mins Pollard adds the extras 
Springboks 7-0 Pumas 3mins Pumas clear up a scrappy lineout and start building phases
Springboks 7-0 Pumas 4mins Boks pinged for being off their feet giving Nicolas Sanchez a shot at goal
Springboks 7-0 Pumas 5mins a decent strike from 45m out but Nicolas Sanchez just pushes it right
Springboks 7-0 Pumas 6mins huge power coming from the Pumas scrum wins them a penalty in front of the sticks
PEN! Springboks 7-3 Pumas 7mins this more straight forward kick is easily slotted but Pollard overcooks the restart
Springboks 7-3 Pumas 9mins ref having a word to stabilise the scrum and Pumas concede a free kick for feeding
Springboks 7-3 Pumas 10mins pitch is slippy but Pumas 12 Gonzalez Iglesias keeps his footing to clear
Springboks 7-3 Pumas 11mins a spot of handbags between Francois Louw and Manuel Montero but the ref plays on Rugby
Springboks 7-3 Pumas 12mins Pumas lineout goes astray and Boks attack up the middle through Damian de Allende
Springboks 7-3 Pumas 13mins Pumas win a turnover through Fernandez Lobbe
Springboks 7-3 Pumas 13mins Pumas unable to use the possession and give away a free kick at the ensuing scrum
Springboks 7-3 Pumas 14mins the rain is absolutely teaming down now so high kicks from both sides and Boks win the exchange
Springboks 7-3 Pumas 15mins Boks win a penalty at the scrum for Pumas not being stable. Simple kick for 3
PEN! Springboks 10-3 Pumas 16mins Handré Pollard extends the Boks' lead
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 17mins Leguizamón counters a long kick, Sanchez glides through a gap but Montero fumbles the pass 
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 18mins Pumas lose the ball and Boks get a chance in space down the left.
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 18mins Willie le Roux chips ahead and Habana gives chase but the cover is there.
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 21mins Pumas steal a lineout but unable to retain the ball at the breakdown. Boks back row working hard 
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 22mins Montero is pinged for holding onto the ball in contact and de Villiers opts to tap and go 
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 23mins Willie le Roux chips ahead but knocks on trying to regather. Pumas clear.
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 25mins Boks able to put pressure on a Pumas lineout and Pollard puts in a huge clearance kick Rugby
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 27mins slippery ball and both sides are guilty of losing the ball forward
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 29mins Boks now putting the pressure on in the scrum. Pats on the back all round for Jannie du Plessis
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 30mins a total of 9 handling errors in the game so far shows just how bad the conditions are 
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 32mins both sides just happy to clear the ball at the moment. Mariano Galarza claims the Pumas lineout ball
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 33mins Willie le Roux very solid under the high ball despite the conditions
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 34mins danger for Pumas as Boks build a driving maul
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 34mins but Handré Pollard loses the ball forward in the next tackle
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 35mins Boks build pressure through Jean de Villiers. Coetzee too
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 36mins darting run from a lineout by Martin Landajo and Sanchez also looking dangerous with ball in hand
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 37mins but Pumas unable to keep the ball, losing it forward once again
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 38mins Jean de Villiers tries to put Bryan Habana into space but the pass drifts into touch
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 39mins Sanchez puts up a high tester for le Roux but the Boks 15 handles it easily
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 40mins a few fisticuffs to end the half but Boks ahead at the break

Springboks 10-3 Pumas HT T: Pienaar C: Pollard P: Pollard | P: Sanchez 

Pumas have absorbed a lot of Springboks pressure. Can they maintain the defence in 2nd half?
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 40mins second half and Eben Etzebeth has replaced Bakkies Botha in the Boks 2nd row
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 40mins Boks put a lot of pressure on Ruan Pienaar's clearance kick but Fernandez Lobbe gathers well
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 41mins de Jager penalised at the breakdown giving Nicolas Sanchez a shot at the posts
PEN! Springboks 10-6 Pumas 41mins the kick is good and Sanchez closes the gap
Springboks 10-3 Pumas 43mins fractured play as both sides again testing each other under the high ball. Boks pinged for offside
Springboks 10-6 Pumas 44mins missed kick to touch has cost the Pumas territory but they still have the lineout
Springboks 10-6 Pumas 45mins tempers raised and Pumas win another pen, this time generating good territory
Springboks 10-6 Pumas 46mins but great defence by Etzebeth as he comes right through the middle of the Pumas maul Rugby
Springboks 10-6 Pumas 46mins Boks get the scrum and Duane Vermeulen makes a big carry from the base
Springboks 10-6 Pumas 48mins exchange of kicks and Boks build pressure in Pumas 22. Pumas done for illegal rucking 
PEN! Springboks 13-6 Pumas 50mins Morne Steyn has replaced Pollard and slots his first kick of the game 
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 51mins Francois Louw doing what he does best - stealing the Pumas ball at the breakdown
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 51mins Pumas pinged for being off their feet and Boks opt to kick for territory
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 52mins Boks unable to break resilient Pumas defence though and chip kick easily fielded by Joaquin Tuculet
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 55mins neither side able to make significant inroads into opposition territory
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 57mins long kicks by both sides, le Roux again stand-out in fielding high balls
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 59mins Adriaan Strauss is the replacement hooker on for du Plessis now hitting the Bok lineouts 
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 60mins Pumas also bringing on some fresh legs in the backline
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 61mins Boks trying to build phases on Pumas 22 but penalised for not supporting body-weight
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 62mins Boks have numbers down the left hand side and make yards through Habana
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 63mins le Roux puts in a long kick and Francois Louw chases hard to make the steal at the next tackle
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 64mins Boks shun 3 points twice in a row in an effort to set up an effective driving maul
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 65mins but the Pumas led by Fernandez Lobbe deal with the pressure, driving the Boks into touch 
Springboks PumasSpringboks 13-6 Pumas 67mins two Pumas players called up for being in front of the kicker at a ruck and Boks opt for the line again
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 69mins Willie le Roux slightly overcooks a chip kick and Pumas get a lineout on halfway
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 70mins Boks with the ball back but Cornall Hendricks guilty of a forward pass
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 72mins front row replacements struggling to keep their feet at the scrum
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 73mins huge kick into Boks territory gives Pumas a 5m lineout
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 75mins Pumas bodies piling into the contact area but huge Boks defence stands firm
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 77mins Boks defence being tested again as Pumas build phases
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 78mins Pumas attempt a cross-field kick but Willie le Roux is there to gather again
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 78mins brief moment of excitement as Morne Steyn's clearance kick is charged down but the result is a 22m dropout
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 79mins Boks caught in an offside position and Pumas have one last change to put the pressure on 
Springboks 13-6 Pumas 80mins the hooter goes but the Pumas persist in their attack
FT Springboks 13-6 Pumas 80mins but Marcelo Bosch is unable to hold onto the ball and the whistle goes for time

South Africa15 Willie le Roux 14 Cornal Hendricks 13 Damian de Allende* 12 JEAN DE VILLIERS (C) 11 Bryan Habana 10 Handré Pollard 9 Ruan Pienaar 1 Tendai Mtawarira 2 Bismarck du Plessis 3 Jannie du Plessis 4 Bakkies Botha 5 Lodewyk de Jager 6 Francois Louw 7 Willem Alberts 8 Duane Vermeulen BENCH: 16 Adriaan Strauss 17 Trevor Nyakane 18 Frans Malherbe 19 Eben Etzebeth 20 Marcell Coetzee 21 Francois Hougaard 22 Morné Steyn 23 Jan Serfontein

SCORERS T: Pienaar C: Pollard P: Pollard (2)

Argentina15 Joaquín Tuculet 14 Horacio Agulla 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 Juan Martín Hernández 11 Manuel Montero 10 Nicolás Sánchez 9 Martín Landajo 1 Marcos Ayerza 2 AGUSTÍN CREEVY (C) 3 Ramiro Herrera 4 Mariano Galarza 5 Tomás Lavanini 6 Pablo Matera 7 Juan Martin Fernández Lobbe 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamón BENCH: 16 Matías Cortese 17 Lucas Noguera Paz 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 19 Matías Alemanno 20 Leonardo Senatore 21 Tomás Cubelli 22 Santiago González Iglesias 23 Lucas González Amorosino

SCORERS P: Sanchez

Referee: John Lacey Asst Referees: Steve Walsh, Marius Mitrea TMO: Simon McDowell





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