Sunday, July 18, 2010
#1142 ... Before the Game
Superior inventiveness, precision and individual class saw the All Blacks complete their second win, 31-17, over South Africa to make a flying start to the 2010 Investec Tri Nations campaign on a wintry night at Westpac Stadium at Wellington.
South Africa limped to Australia pointsless and seemingly bereft of ideas after another mauling by another motivated All Blacks effort. Undeterred by miserable, wet conditions, the All Blacks were prepared to move the ball, even in their own 22m area, when playing into the wind. Nothing South Africa could do could contain the driving off the plays spearheaded by No.8 Kieran Read, who continued to grow in stature, flanker Jerome Kaino and hooker Keven Mealamu.