I think the above line gives away the result of tonight's game. In one of the most thrilling Bledisloe Cup matches I have ever seen, New Zealand defeated the Australian menace 21-17 (Half time score was 15-9 if I remember correctly). Douggie Howlett scored two brilliant tries (unfortunately they didn't get the ball out to Rokocoko much at all so he didn't have a chance to score and this was thus the first international in which he has not scored a try), Carlos Spencer's kicking was good, although not great, Collins and Mealamu played spectacularly, Justin Marshall put in a good effort as per usual, Muliaina played well and so did his replacement, Leon MacDonald (who was playing his first international for the year after suffering a severe concussion in the Super 12). The Australians also put in a good effort, particularly Gregan (the captain). The Kiwi defense was rock solid and denied the Australians on many occasions, and our lineouts were greatly improved from last week's match against South Africa. The only thing that really let the game down was the refereeing, by South Africa's Kaplan. This guy has cost us Bledisloe Cups before - one year, he made a ridiculous decision that handed Australia the Cup when he should've called full time and given it to us. It was obvious he wanted Australia to win, but we foiled him and the Bledisloe Cup has returned to the side of the Tasman that it belongs on (indeed, it was donated by Lord Bledisloe, a Kiwi, and was made in Wellington, albeit designed by an Australian).
This game was an amazing one, and when I think Bledisloe, tonight's game is what I think of - a hard fought, close, and very tense encounter between the two best rugby union nations in the world (with the best nation, NZ, coming off as victors of course). So, in a thriller, the New Zealand All Blacks have defeated the Australian Wallabies 21-17 at Auckland's Eden Park and claim the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 1997, with Doug Howlett scoring two outstanding tries for New Zealand. This is one of those times when I'm very proud to be a New Zealander. Good on you, All Blacks, you've done your fans and your country proud. Carry the Bledisloe Cup - OUR Cup - high. You deserve it.
Kiwi, Kiwi, KIWI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!