Rugby fans have absolutely lost their minds in one of the craziest finishes that simply came down to a matter of millimetres.
Last updated October 11, 2020 4:12PM AEDT
The Wallabies and All Blacks have just produced arguably the most exhilarating Bledisloe Cup battle after duking it out for 88 minutes in Wellington.
New Zealand held the upper hand throughout the majority of the contest before the Wallabies fought back in the second half, but a missed penalty goal from Reece Hodge ends the contest in a 16-16 draw.
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The Wallabies nabbed the lead inside the final 10 minutes when James O’Connor slotted a penalty goal only for New Zealand’s Jordie Barrett to level it back up.
Then it was after the 80 minutes when a penalty handed the Wallabies a shot to claim the win with Hodge lining up the kick from well beyond halfway.
His cannon of a kick sailed in the Wellington breeze before it slammed into the post and denied the Wallabies the victory.
New Zealand surged forward as the match dragged on before O’Connor opted to kick the ball out of bounds and bring proceedings to an end with the draw.
The absurd ending to the back-and-forth affair left fans watching on in disbelief.
— 10 Sport (@10SportAU) October 11, 2020
That was an insanely good game of rugby #NZLvAUS
— Vince Rugari (@VinceRugari) October 11, 2020
The contest was thrown into controversy in the opening half when Aussie touch judge Angus Garnder missed seeing Rieko Ioane step on the left side touch line. The moment was in the build up to the All Blacks’ opening try of the match.
In the dying moments before the first half came to an end, a botched lineout from the Wallabies saw the All Blacks spring into action and Ioane broke away to cross the line and score. Thankfully for Aussie fans, the play was reviewed and Ioane’s try was overturned due to a knock on.
It was in the second half when the Wallabies began to take control with Marika Koroibete and debutant Filipo Daugunu crossing the line. But in the end it was the bonkers finish that left those watching on up and out of their seats.
Recap the entire contest below.
Reece Hodge had a shot to win the game for the Wallabies after the alloted 80 minutes had come and gone.
His kick from the other side of halfway sailed through the Wellington breeze after he launched into it.
The kick looked to be sailing through the big sticks, only for it to slam into the post and deny the Wallabies victory.
With around 90 seconds left on the clock, the All Blacks have tied it up with Jordie Barrett slotting the penalty goal from directly in front.
A penalty against Rob Simmons for being offside handed the All Blacks a golden opportunity to tie it up and Barrett obliged.
The Wallabies have taken the lead with a little under six minutes to play after James O’Connor split the middle on a penalty goal.
O’Connor opted for the kick after the All Blacks conceded a penalty through Karl Tu’inukuafe for not rolling away from the ruck.
Australia 16 – New Zealand 13
Filipo Daugunu has scored the second try for the Wallabies to draw level with less than 20 minutes to play.
As the Wallabies surged forward, the ball was knocked out of the hands of Matt Philip with Nic White setting up the stunning pass that led to Daugunu scoring on debut.
New Zealand 13 – Australia 13
Marika Koroibete has sent a hush around the New Zealand crowd after crossing the line for the Wallabies first try after a brilliant passage of play.
A James O’Connor pass left Koroibete in open space out wide as he sprinted to the corner.
New Zealand 13 – Australia 8
A dream start to the second half for the Wallabies has gone begging after James O’Connor’s penalty goal sailed slightly wide of the goal posts.
Only minutes later the All Blacks capitalised in devastating fashion from a lineout as Aaron Smith crossed the line to extend their lead.
New Zealand 13 – Australia 3
A massive relief for the Wallabies right before the end of the first half after the All Blacks crossed for their second try.
Rieko Ioane who was thrust into the spotlight after stepping on the left side touch line, leading to the All Blacks first try, found himself in the mix all over again.
A blown Wallabies attacking move saw the All Blacks attack on the counter as Ioane scooted across the line.
But replays showed the star had lost control of the ball before grounding it, wiping the try away.
New Zealand 8 – Australia 3
The opening half an hour was all one-way traffic on the scoreboard for the All Blacks, but the Wallabies hit back.
New Zealand conceded a penalty through Sam Can for not releasing the ball carrier and James O’Connor took advantage with the penalty goal.
New Zealand 8 – Wallabies 3
Australian touch judge Angus Gardner has become public enemy number one after he missed New Zealand player Rieko Ioane stepping on the left hand side touch line.
The All Blacks opened the scoring through Jordie Barrett, but replays showed Ioane stepping on the line in the lead up to the easy Barrett try.
Fans were left seething about the missed call and couldn’t believe it came on the side of the Aussie judge.
Making the missed call even worse was the freeze frame showing Gardner looking in the direction of the line but somehow missing Ioane’s bright pink boots standing on the white line.
“That wasn’t a try! Robbed,” ABC business reporter David Taylor wrote.
“Unacceptable to miss this,” rugby.com.au’s Christy Doran wrote.
After a gallant start from the Wallabies, the All Blacks picked apart the line with brilliant passing and it led to a wide open gap down the line for Jordie Barrett.
The star sprinted away and dived over the line to get the scoring started for the All Blacks.
New Zealand 5 – Australia 0