Tops/Flops Australia-All Blacks: Mo'unga impeccable, Foley inexcusable

TO ANALYSE - The big performances of Mo'unga and Taukei'aho, the abandonment of the captains or the gross mistake of Foley: find the Tops and Flops of Australia-All Blacks.


Richie Mo'unga didn't miss much

The Crusaders fly-half delivered an excellent copy this Thursday during the victory on the wire against the Australian rival (37-39). Almost perfect on foot with just one miss (the final conversion, anecdotal), he also scored with a good run one of his team's four tries (52e). In the game, he showed himself clean and valuable.

Samisoni Taukei'aho was close to the hat-trick

The Blacks hooker (25) scored two tries, first at the very start of the match by collapsing in the corner in-goal after a good ball carried by his team (4e), then in a very fine solo race where he eliminated two opponents (41e). He could even have scored a third if he hadn't dropped the ball in the in-goal just before the break (37e).

Rob Valetini has been busy

With Andrew Kellaway, it is he who achieves the best match on the Wallabies side. Very stirring in the first half, he was rewarded with a try after a good conquest in touch (26e). The 3e Australian center line was then very effective in the second half, constantly advancing on its offensive percussion and scraping precious balls in defense.


Captains didn't lead the way

It's not really their fault, as they were both substituted prematurely with injury, one to a calf, the other to the head, but Australia's James Slipper and New Zealand's Sam Cane didn't weren't much help to their team. The Wallabies pillar had been penalized twice on the ground before his exit at half-time. The 3e line of the Blacks, who already had to give way early in the defeat in Argentina at the end of August, did not have time today to extinguish the fire of criticism.

Australia have been too unruly

The Wallabies were penalized a lot in this match. Sanctioned by no less than three yellow cards, they conceded many points at the start of the second half when they were outnumbered. A final fault, that of Foley who took too long to type a dismissal according to the referee (sanctioned by a scrum five meters from his posts), even cost them the victory on the gong.

Bernard Foley went from hero to loser

He, who was living his first match for the national team in three years, experienced the roller coaster. Author of a 100% kick and decisive on several tries for his team, Bernard Foley has long assumed the status of opener that Dave Rennie no longer thought he would find, before experiencing a tragic end to the match. The referee sanctioned him for taking too long to hit a dismissal in his 22 meters. The Blacks scored the winning try thanks to the scrum obtained. Cruel.

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