In an encounter that can only be described in those greatest of rugby clichés as 'a game of two halves', the All Blacks brushed aside their first half jitters in torrential rain to overcome a passionate (but in the end outmuscled wallaby team) in the final Tri Nations and Bledisloe cup encounter of 2007.
The final score was fourteen points between the two teams but the All Blacks had to work hard for this - particularly after a mediocre first half where the Australians held most of the possession and play. A half time break (where one can only assume old Ted read the riot act to the boys in black) saw the NZers come out rejuvenated for the second forty. They took the Wallabies on up front and played a more intelligent game plan, helped effectively by Carter's goal kicking accuracy of 7 from 8 and adaption to the wet and slippery Eden Park conditions.
Brendon Leonard brought extra fire to the All Black back line after Byron Kelleher was replaced in the third quarter. Leonard is a gritty and confident player and on current form to me seems like the number 1 halfback New Zealand currently have. The lineout improved dramatically with the introduction of Keven Mealamu for Anton Oliver, but as ever this lineout remains (along with the centre combinations) a major concern for this team.
For John 'Knuckles' Connelly and his Wallabies - they could rightfully feel a little hard done by a couple of refereeing calls that didn't quite go their way - but this is rugby and the bounce of the ball is part of it. For Henry and his band of merry men - they now have two important trophies in the cabinet and a psychological boost going into September/October.