Best ever rugby match?

Best ever rugby match?

While dicking around on the web last night I came across this link to what a lot of people would say is the greatest Tri-Nations test match, if not one of the greatest ever. It was played on 15th July 2000 between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at stadium Australia in Sydney in front of 109,000 people. Despite narrowly losing this one, the Wallabies went on to win the competition by beating New Zealand 23-24 in Wellington and then South Africa 18-19 in Durban.

Re-watching it last night you can’t but be impressed as hell by the Wallaby performance. They played the better rugby over the longer period of time, with the Aussie backrow and pack putting in an immense performance – I forgot how well Jim Williams (current Aussie coach) played in this game, his pick and drives around the ruck were simply awesome.

On top of the great names in the starting side – Eales, Gregan, Larkham, Latham (….the list goes on, the only weakness was maybe at prop) – the names on the bench were pretty awesome as well – Kefu and Jeremy Paul to name a couple. Was this the most complete Wallaby side ever?

In the end the difference between the sides was Lomu – who at that time still had pace to go with his size.

However, while this game was great for the memories last night, it was only good watching because I knew we still won the Tri-Nations in the end. I’m looking for a different match result this weekend – even if it’s ugly!


Matt started G&GR just before the 2007 Rugby World Cup and has been enslaved ever since. Follow him on twitter: @MattRowley

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