Australia have won the Tri Nations for the first time in ten years after beating New Zealand 25-20.
It was a brilliant first half performance by the Ozzies to lead 20-3 at the break, but the All Blacks put in a stunning twenty minutes at the start of the second half to get back level at 20-20.
It seemed like New Zeland were set for victory until K Beale got over for a try in the 61st minute to give Australia a 25-20 lead. That was the end of the scoring and every Irish rugby fan is going to be very worried about playing an Australian team full of confidence.
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Tries – W Genia, R Samo, K Beale
Pen – Q Cooper 2
Con – Q Cooper 2
Tries – C Smith, M. Nonu
Pen – D Carter 2
Con – D Carter 2
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Craig Joubert (South Africa), Cobus Wessels (South Africa)
Television match official: Matt Goddard (Australia)
Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Anthony Fainga’a, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Radike Samo, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 James Horwill, 4 Dan Vickerman, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sekope Kepu.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Salesi Ma’afu, 18 Rob Simmons, 19 Ben McCalman, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Rob Horne.
All Blacks: Mils Muliaina, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Zac Guildford, Daniel Carter, Piri Weepu, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw, Adam Thomson, Sam Whitelock, Brad Thorn, Owen Franks, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock.
Reserves: Andrew Hore, John Afoa, Ali Williams, Victor Vito, Andy Ellis, Colin Slade, Isaia Toeava.