Australia rues missed opportunities

New Zealand won the opening Tri-Nations match against Australia on Saturday by 22 points to 16, but the Wallabies will be reflecting this week on a game they should probably have won.

The Away side surged to a 10-point lead as they went in search of their first win at Eden Park since 1986, and for the opening quarter, they looked by far the most threatening.

However, with another try there for the taking, the opportunity was butchered as the ball was dropped and New Zealand were let off the hook. You had the feeling at the time that that score could have been crucial, and so it proved as the All Blacks clawed their way back into the game.

The bookies have now installed South Africa as favourites for the Tri-Nations, given that New Zealand looked beatable, and Australia have already been beaten. But as we know, there is a long, long way to go before this tournament ends (as we have discussed on The Rugby Blog already!), and Australia will be confident that if they can sustain their first half performance for 80 minutes, they can beat anyone in the world.

More importantly, the result has put me straight to the top of the SuperBru predictions league following by NZ by 6 prediction. Great start!