Bledisloe Cup 2020: Rieko Ioane try mistake video, All Blacks star accused of showboating


The Wallabies received a massive break when Rieko Ioane bombed what looked a certain try on the stroke of halftime against the All Blacks.

Ioane seemed certain to finish a runaway New Zealand counter attack and give the hosts a chance at a 15-3 halftime lead in Sunday’s enthralling Bledisloe Cup battle in Wellington.

The try was awarded but the TMO was called to check the grounding and replays showed the inside centre looked to lose control of it while attempting a spectacular one-handed put-down.

It meant the Wallabies went into halftime trailing by just five points, with Ioane copping fierce criticism on social media as he was accused of trying to look “cool” rather than playing safety first.

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Victoria Derby Day 2019: winner, results, video, every result, Melbourne Cup field


Trainer Anthony Freedman and jockey Damien Oliver have turned back the clock to claim a Victoria Derby triumph at Flemington with Warning.

For Freedman, it was his first Victoria Derby (2500m) win as a trainer in his own right.

Oliver is celebrating his sixth, 27 years after his first aboard Redding. Oliver has had a long and successful association with the Freedman family who were instrumental in first luring him to Melbourne from Perth. Freedman said his history with Oliver gave Warning’s victory added significance.

“We go back 25 years. I actually went to Perth to meet him and talk to him about coming over,” Freedman said.

“We go back a long way and it’s good to hook up again.”



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Still silver linings for Wallabies in Bledisloe Cup defeat to All Blacks at Eden Park


But look on the bright side! And there really is one.

For starters, look at where Australian rugby was three months ago: no money, no broadcaster, no administration, no hope.

And yet here they were on the field against the All Blacks, not only competing but, in the first Test at least, playing the game of their lives and providing the most thrilling eight minutes of rugby anyone can remember.

For the first time in months, people were actually talking about the game, nay revelling in it. For so many of us, that first Bledisloe Cup game provided the crucial reminder we needed of just how magic the game can be.

And if that second game didn’t provide the breakthrough win we wanted, the key facts remain: the Wallabies were seriously competitive against the best team in the world; demonstrated that there is some outstanding talent coming through the ranks; and made it clear that new coach Dave Rennie has had a wonderfully positive impact.

The fact the Wallabies were only 10-7 down at half-time in the second Test means – get this – only three points separated the blokes from the Blicks across 120 minutes in the cauldron. The fact the Blicks blew us away in the next 40 minutes to notch up a score of 27-7 is problematic, but we’ll get to that in due course.

For the first time in living memory, in that second Test, the Wallabies actually had a scrum that worked! And a lineout!

For, friends, there was more good news still!

For the first time in living memory, in that second Test, the Wallabies actually had a scrum that worked! And a lineout!

Time and again – and quite in contrast to the first Test – we saw the Wallabies halfback put the ball into the scrum and, instead of collapsing or reversing, it stayed rock solid. Sure enough, out came the ball at the back.

Ditto the lineout. The Wallabies hooker threw it in, and we nearly always got it back. Neither of those key building blocks of a successful team have been in place for at least three yonks, and it means there is an infrastructure to build this team’s future on.

Which leaves us with what exactly?

The bad side.

That is easy to determine, if not explain.

The bad side was a staggering 20 turnovers by the Wallabies and a shocking 43 missed tackles. In terms of ball-in-play time, it meant that roughly every 40 seconds we dropped the ball or allowed them through. With that in mind, it’s amazing the Wallabies got as close as they did.

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How to fix the turnovers and missed tackles?

I have no clue. But I bet Rennie does. For, by and large, holding the ball and keeping a solid defensive line is a much harder thing to achieve than the aforementioned working scrums and lineouts, things we have been without for years.

We will get there.

I don’t say that the Wallabies are in the sunlit uplands. But they have come through the dark night, and that was the dawn of a new era before our eyes.

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Melbourne Cup hopeful Steel Prince claims Geelong Cup victory over stablemate Le Don De Vie



Steel Prince may have gained a start in the Melbourne Cup for the second year in a row, after a narrow win over imported stablemate Le Don De Vie in the Geelong Cup.

Anthony and Sam Freedman, who trained the quinella, are hoping both of their horses will have their next starts in the Melbourne Cup, but Steel Prince is number 35 in the order of entry and Le Don De Vie number 38.

Steel Prince is expected to attract a weight penalty for his Geelong Cup win, which could help elevate him into the Melbourne Cup field.

Last year Steel Prince finished ninth in the Melbourne Cup.

If Le Don De Vie does not gain a berth, he will run in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the final day of the Flemington carnival.

Before the 2,400-metre race in Geelong, Freedman told Steel Prince’s jockey Jye McNeil that the horse thrived on being challenged down the straight.

In a thrilling finish, Steel Prince held off Le Don De Vie by a long head, with King Of Leogrance just over a length behind in third place.

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“The owners have been really patient with him. They haven’t pushed us to get him into the Melbourne Cup,” Sam Freedman said after the race.

“We’ve looked after the horse first and we’ll see how he comes through it. That’ll be the plan at this stage.”

Sam Freedman said Steel Prince was a better horse than last year, when he had a chequered preparation, compared to a perfect build-up this time around.

McNeil said the Geelong Cup win proved Steel Prince was back to his best.

“He went great last year in the Melbourne Cup, and based on today he’s going as well as last time,” McNeil said.

“He’ll run an honest race for sure.”

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Melbourne Cup 2019: final field, confirmed, runners, numbers, barrier draw


The final field for the Melbourne Cup has been declared with 12 Australian trainers represented.

Training partners David Hayes, Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig hold weight of numbers for the Australian brigade with three runners- favourite Constantinople, Rostropovich and Neufbosc.

Champion trainer Chris Waller has secured Cup berths for Finche and Youngstar while Vow And Declare is also regarded as a strong chance for Danny O’Brien.

Irish trainer Joseph O’Brien, who won the Cup two years ago with Rekindling, has four runners including Downdraft who secured his spot with a Hotham Stakes victory at Flemington on Saturday.

See the full field below!



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Bledisloe Cup 2020, Wallabies vs All Blacks, Tri Nations: Australia to wear First Nations jersey, photos


The Wallabies have announced they will wear their First Nations jersey twice during the 2020 Tri Nations series.

Australia will wear the First Nations jersey in Sydney for Tests against New Zealand on October 31, and against Argentina on December 5.

The jersey, designed by Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay artist Dennis Golding, represents Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities coming together, RA said.

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Bledisloe Cup rugby 2020: Wallabies draw with All Blacks 16-16, reaction, report, how it happened, finish, video, news


It was historically great. And it could have been even greater.

One of the most remarkable Bledisloe Cup encounters in history finished 16-16 after 87 minutes, with the Wallabies and All Blacks both wasting chances after the siren to win it.

Still, Dave Rennie’s new-look side even getting this close to beating New Zealand across the ditch for the first time in 19 years was remarkable.

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Marika ignites the Wallabies!

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Bledisloe Cup 2020: Wallabies v All Blacks, Joe Moody concussion, news, video,


The second Bledisloe Cup clash was always going to be hard-fought and physical, but a monster clash left fans sickened and forced an All Black to be carted off the field with what looked like a heavy concussion.

As Wallabies flanker Ned Hanigan charged down the field to set up the first five-pointer for the Australians on the half-four mark, Kiwi prop Joe Moody put his body on the line to try and bring down the rampaging Australian.

But he misjudged his attempted tackle, and his head brutally slammed into Hanigan’s elbow and upper thigh.

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Melbourne Cup field, barrier and tips: Who will win in 2019?


We’ve taken the work out of picking a winner in the 2019 Melbourne Cup with likes/dislikes and verdict on every runner in the field – plus a bonus trifecta tip.

Good luck!

1. CROSS COUNTER (57.5kg)

The 2018 Melbourne Cup winner, Cross Counter is back to defend his crown.

Trainer: Charlie Appleby



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Rugby news 2020, Bledisloe Cup: Caleb Clarke, Jonah Lomu lookalike, terrifying, Wallabies vs All Blacks


The All Blacks may have unearthed the next Jonah Lomu after 21-year-old Caleb Clarke proved to be a one-man demolition squad in the All Blacks’ 27-7 whipping of Australia in Auckland on Sunday.

His domination was so bad one cheeky Kiwi reached out to Crime Stoppers.

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Caleb Clarke is a threat to public safety. Pictures: Reddit/Getty
Caleb Clarke is a threat to public safety. Pictures: Reddit/GettySource: Getty Images

Clarke, the son of former All Black Eroni Clarke, takes an uncomplicated approach to using his 184cm, 107kg frame.



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