Australia 37-39 New Zealand: The All Blacks claim a controversial victory in the final round


Barrett’s final try sparked All Black celebrations and Wallaby recriminations
Australia (10) 37
Attempts: to Valentine Kellaway (2), Samu Cons: Foley (4) Pens: Foley (2), White
New Zealand (10) 39
Attempts: Taukei’aho (2), Mo’unga, Jordan, J Barrett Cons: (4) Pens: (2)

New Zealand secured a controversial win over Australia as Jordie Barrett’s 81st-minute try put them in pole position at the Rugby Championship.

Australia took an 18-point lead through Nic White’s 77th-minute penalty.

When Lalakai Foketi earned a turnover penalty in front of his posts, it looked like the hosts had sealed victory.

But referee Mathieu Raynal overturned the time-out call to allow New Zealand to strike late on.

Some rumbles from the visitors’ forwards smothered the home defense and when the ball was cleared, Barrett had space to slide in and spark delight among his team-mates in Melbourne.

Raynal, who gave New Zealand an outline after Australian fly-half Bernard Foley took too long to line up his throw to touch, left the field to cat-calls.

“Absolutely gutted,” Australia captain James Slipper told Stan Sport.

“I don’t know what to say. We really wanted to put on a performance. That’s probably the hardest way to end a game.”

Australia coach Dave Rennie said: “Of course the clock stopped, so there was no real urgency to do it.

“He lacks a little feeling for an important moment in the game.”

The win puts New Zealand clear at the top of the Rugby Championship table as they attempt to retain their southern hemisphere crown.

Australia will seek revenge in the teams’ final round meeting at Eden Park on September 24.

Melbourne is amazing from the start

Australia advance in All Black haka
Australia’s response to the All Black haka sent the atmosphere at Marvel Stadium boiling

It was a game that thrilled even before kick-off, as Australia delighted the Melbourne crowd, boomeranging and advancing the All Blacks’ haka.

However, second row Jed Holloway’s error in collecting the kick and Samisoni Taukei’aho’s try on the back of a maul, punctured early optimism in the stands.

Gradually Australia fought their way back into the game and formidable number eight Rob Valetini slipped past Ethan de Groot and slipped between the legs of Sam Whitelock to equalise.

After the break, Australia’s lack of discipline seemed to undo that hard work.

New Zealand scored three tries in 15 minutes, with Taukei’aho adding a second before Richie Mo’unga and Will Jordan crossed as a trio of home runs provided sin-bin time.

That blitz put the All Blacks 31-13 up and almost out of sight.

If Australia’s second row Darcy Swain had seen red, rather than yellow, for twisting substitute Quinn Tupaea’s knee, the game may have been lost.

Instead, with 15 players back in total, the hosts doubled their lead with full-back Andrew Kellaway combining with fly-half Foley to score, before Peter Samu fell and Foley leveled again at 34-34 five minutes from time. go.

Former Exeter scrum-half White looked set to be the match-winner after his monster penalty. Instead, it led the protests in Australia as Raynal’s call for a rare foul was key.

Argentina will play world champions South Africa on Saturday in the other match of the fifth round.