May 27, 2024

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New Zealand dominate Australia in the opening round of the Pledislow Cup

Match: 33-25

During the XV tour of France we were horrified to see the vibrancy of this Kiwis who came out of three marches against Tonga, suffering from the wrath of blacks, not imperialism on its lands. -0) and Fiji (57-23 and 60-13). The fears were somewhat justified, however the New Zealanders were not always consistent.

Most of the time, all the Blocks have shut down their Pacific neighbors. Through the airtight defensive curtain, they grabbed the throat and repelled every impact. Very clumsy at first, they gradually put in the right stuff, preventing the Australians from winning and stumbling, and Saivu Reese (16-8) had to wait until the siren before recording their first attempt. After the break, the Blacks swam all over Australia, flattening three times in a quarter of an hour through Richie Mounga (23-8), David Howley (28-8) and Damien McKenzie (33-8).


All-Pack Scrum-Half Aaron Smith celebrated his 100th cup this Saturday in Auckland. The Highlanders player had a good game, including two assists.

The two teams will meet next Saturday for the second Platislaw Cup meet.

Fact: Best attempt … denied

If the Blocks take a while to get into it, they don’t have to wait long to spray the second half of their skills. Returning from the locker room, the New Zealanders scored “a test at the end of the world.” Haveli, from his five-meter line, knocked down Lolesio and Wilson. After eight assists, Reese sank into the in-goal for his brace. In the middle of the action a forward attempt from Smith finally refused.