Sun, Nov 16, 2003 - Page 24 News List

Wallabies waltz past All Blacks

WORLD CUP SEMIFINAL The All Blacks had been hot favorites to win the title, while Australia had been heavily criticized for its recent lackluster form

AP , SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

The Australian frontrow was reshaped with Jeremy Paul replacing Brendan Cannon at hooker and Ben Darwin injured in a scrum and carried from the field on a stretcher. He was replaced by Al Baxter, who made his test debut in the 21-17 loss to the All Blacks at Auckland in August.

The Wallabies had shown an intention to run wide at all costs, holding possession for the first five minutes and retaining it for up to eight phases, forcing the New Zealand to make 28 tackles before getting the ball for the first time.

Leon MacDonald shanked a 42-meter shot at goal in the 13th minute and his attempt in the 30th minute shaved the outside of the near upright and went wide.

Australia hasn't lost a World Cup match since a quarterfinal defeat to England in 1995.

And the win ended a poor sequence against the All Blacks, including two Bledisloe Cup losses to give trans-Tasman supremacy back to New Zealand for the first time in five years.

New Zealand recorded a comprehensive 29-9 win over South Africa while Australia took a less convincing 33-16 victory over Scotland in the quarterfinals.

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