Ioane, unforgivable mistake
In Wellington, in front of spectators, the All Blacks were stopped on a draw but seriously risked losing the home unbeaten run with their peaceful “cousins”, which has lasted for 19 years: with time expired, the Australian Hodge hit the post with a free kick from over half the pitch. The Wallabies impressed in the second half of the match, after having closed the first 40 minutes behind (3-8). Blacks scored after 9 ‘with Jordi Barrett and a free kick from the winger (27’) which the Wallabies responded with a kick from O’Connor (30 ‘), but the unforgivable Rieko Ioane at the end of the first half was dropped the oval from his hand in the in-goal, just before crushing it to the ground.
The sensational Hodge pole
In the second half, Aaron Smith’s goal after 4 minutes seemed to direct the match decidedly in favor of the hosts, instead the Kangaroos came out: two tries by Koroibete (52 ‘) and Daugunu (63’), a free kick by O’Connor (74 ‘) which he remedied – one minute from the end – another kick from Jordie Barrett. Instead of settling for equal, the two teams began to compete after the 80th minute: first the Hodge post, then a series of incredible flips in front until the guests kicked the ball into the stands.