Hope springs eternal, it would seem, as the Australian international rugby side is making the most over a dead rubber win over the All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium of Saturday night.
They seem to conveniently overlook the close, 23 – 18 score in a game that, in some sports, would never have been played. To some, best of three means that after two wins, the third game is not necessary, but rugby has its own way of doing things, which is to say, the tickets were already sold and they were reluctant to issue refunds.
Still, the Wallabies took other dead rubber Test wins over the All Blacks in 1978 and 1990 as spurs into golden periods.
Saturday night was the fourth time in 33 attempts dating back to 2007 that the Wallabies have managed to beat the Kiwis. The weather conditions seemed to favour the men in black, with a rainy night closer to what one might expect in Auckland than in Brisbane.
Wallabies Coach Michael Cheika expressed hopes that the victory would ignite some positive formation of team unity. “I hope it resonants (sic) and we as a union keep it going.”
Another positive to come out of the match is that if the Wallabies attempted or were successful at planting secret listening devices in the All Blacks’ meeting facilities, security guard Gard did not catch them in the act.
All Blacks Coach gave credit to the Wallabies, although it did appear to be somewhat left handed credit, when he said, “For a lot of guys, that’s probably the first loss they’ve had in the All Black jersey. It’s a feeling you don’t just wash away.”
There were 11 players on the squad for the Wallabies, however, who had never experienced a win against the All Blacks, including Sean McMahon, Reece Hodge and Adam Coleman.