Wallabies rule out golden point overtime
August 17, 2014
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The Wallabies won't be proposing rugby league-style golden point extra time in their code any time soon despite being left frustrated and downcast after Saturday night's 12-12 draw with the All Blacks. The stalemate left the Wallabies facing an almighty battle to wrestle back the coveted Bledisloe Cup that's been in New Zealand's safe keeping since 2003.
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The Wallabies must break a 28-year hoodoo at Eden Park on Saturday and then conquer the world champions again in the third Test in Brisbane on October 18 to regain the cup. Ewen McKenzie's men wouldn't have been facing such a tall order had they converted any of several second-half tryscoring chances at ANZ Stadium and the coach admitted the thought of applying some sort of tiebreaker to ensure a winner did briefly cross his mind on the drive back to Australia's team hotel.
But only briefly.
With the Wallabies and All Blacks having only ever played out seven stalemates in a 174-Test rivalry stretching 111 years, McKenzie remains convinced golden point overtime is unnecessary.
"There's not actually that many draws," he said on Sunday. "We're not set up for that. There's lots of reasons why that doesn't happen in rugby. You wipe that week out and you start again. All bets are off and you start again."
McKenzie did concede he left ANZ Stadium probably feeling the same as most fans - not knowing quite how to feel.
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"All we know is that everybody probably left frustrated," he said. "When the whistle blows, there's silence. That's what happens and that's probably a fair indication of the outcome. When you look at it, it was a game there to be won. We didn't do that so we did none of the things we'd normally do if we'd celebrated if we'd had a win. So I guess we haven't classified it as a win or anything super positive. It wasn't a loss, but it was a bit of nothing in the end."
The draw denied the All Blacks a record 18th consecutive Test victory, just as an 18-18 tie in Brisbane two years stopped the Kiwis from matching the great New Zealand team from 1965-69 and South Africa's 1997-98 outfit.
"Yeah, it's certainly a bit of a hollow feeling," said All Blacks captain Richie McCaw. "You come to win and that didn't happen ... so it's a bit of a funny feeling. I guess one thing is we get another crack next week."
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