Wallabies Thrashed by Clinical All Blacks

“For a hot half-hour the Wallabies were golden. After two dismal defeats, they had rolled the dice in the biggest game of the year,” The Guardian’s Angus Fontaine reports from Melbourne. “This Bledisloe clash at one of the few venues where the All Blacks have a losing record, was to be Australia’s last on home turf before the World Cup and coach Eddie Jones had issued a young side licence to thrill and to ‘light up the MCG’.”

“But after leading early, everything went black. From 7-5 up at the 30-minute mark, Australia went to the break 19-7 down after New Zealand scored twice in six minutes. In the end, a crowd of 83,944 watched Australia obliterated 38-7 to give the new Jones era a dismal 0-3 start and leave the Bledisloe Cup to stay where it has for 21 long, dark years.”

Original article by Angus Fontaine, The Guardian, July 29, 2023.

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Dunedin Swimmer Erika Fairweather Wins in Doha

Dunedin Swimmer Erika Fairweather Wins in Doha

Erika Fairweather has won her maiden swimming world championship title with victory in the women’s 400m freestyle final in Doha. The 20-year-old from Dunedin is the first New Zealander to win…