New Zealand Rugby Win Streak Ended by Tie Against Australia
New Zealand and Australia tied 18-18 in their final Bledisloe Cup rugby match, ending the All Blacks’ 16-match winning run.
Dan Carter missed a drop goal attempt with the final kick at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, the scene of world champion New Zealand’s last defeat 14 months ago. The All Blacks were trying to match the top-tier record of 17 straight Test wins they share with South Africa.
There were no tries in the game as Carter kicked six penalties, while Mike Harris booted five penalties and Kurtley Beale kicked one for the Wallabies.
New Zealand had already secured the Bledisloe Cup, which is contested annually by the teams winning back-to-back matches in the southern hemisphere’s Rugby Championship in August.
Harris’s four penalties gave Australia, which was missing as many as eight regular starters, a 12-6 halftime lead. Beale kicked his penalty early in the second half to extend the Wallabies lead.
Two Carter penalties pulled New Zealand within 15-12. After Beale squandered a chance to increase the Australia lead by missing a penalty, Carter kicked two more to give the All Blacks an 18-15 lead with nine minutes left.
Harris made his fifth penalty with five minutes remaining to tie the score. Carter then had one last chance, but his drop goal try from about 30 meters (33 yards) sailed just wide of the right post.
The All Blacks’ winning streak began at last year’s Rugby World Cup, where they won all seven matches to secure their first world title in 24 years. They beat Ireland 3-0 in their June Test series before completing a six-game sweep of the Rugby Championship.
Australia, which last held the Bledisloe Cup in 2002, tours Europe next month and will play four Tests, starting Nov. 10 against France in Paris. The All Blacks are also heading north for matches against Scotland, Italy, Wales and England.
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