Bledisloe Cup 2020 Crowds | Attendance Stats for 2020 Tri Nations/ Rugby Championship

Here is a look at the official attendance statistics for the 2020 Bledisloe Cup and the Tri-Nations (Rugby Championship) this year. Owing to Covid-19, South Africa will not be participating in the RC, and all games will be held in Australia only.

Bledisloe Cup 2020 Attendances

New Zealand 16-16 Australia Wellington 2020 Attendance 31,020 (11 October)
All Blacks 27-7 Wallabies Eden Park Auckland 2020 Attendance 46,049 (18 October)
Australia 5-43 NZ Sydney ANZ Stadium 2020 Crowd 25,689 (31 October)
Australia 24-22 All Blacks Suncorp Brisbane Attendance 36,626 (7 November, 2020)

Total Bledisloe Cup 2020 attendance: 139,384
Average Bledisloe Cup 2020 Crowd: 34,846

Tri Nations/ Rugby Championship 2020 Attendance Statistics

Australia vs NZ 5-43 ANZ Sydney 2020 Crowd 25,689 (31 October)
Australia vs All Blacks 24-22 Brisbane Attendance 36,626 (7 November, 2020)
New Zealand 15-25 Argentina Bankwest Stadium Sydney 2020 Attendance 9,063 (14 November, 2020)

Total Rugby Championship 2020 attendance: 71,378
Average Tri Nations 2020 Crowd: 23,793

All Blacks 15-25 Argentina | Talking points from Los Pumas’ historical win over New Zealand

Argentina produced one of the greatest performances in their rugby history as they defeated New Zealand for the first time ever, upsetting Ian Foster’s men 25-15 in Sydney. Here are our talking points from the Tri Nations clash.

Nicolas Sanchez excellent: Argentinian teams in the past have had issues with goalkickers- a reliable one with the boot is often the difference in tight games. Sanchez was excellent here, scoring all 25 of Argentina’s points and nailing penalties from near the half way line to keep Los Pumas ahead of the All Blacks.

Argentina do not miss a single tackle: In past Rugby Championship games, Argentina have often been able to keep pace with the All Blacks for 50 odd minutes, only to fall away in the last quarter as New Zealand’s superior fitness and quality off the bench turned the game in their favour.

Here though, Los Pumas ensured they didn’t miss a single tackle in the game. With New Zealand struggling to break the line, the All Blacks’ attack looked toothless. Dominating NZ’s tight five and winning the forward exchanges with quality defence has proven to be an effective template against the All Blacks in recent years, and Argentina adopted it perfectly here.

Richie Mo’unga misses touch late in the first half against Argentina: New Zealand are often said to be at their most dangerous in the ten minute period just before and after the interval. They had an excellent opportunity here too just before the break, but Mo’unga missed touch with his penalty, and Argentina escaped. A good kick would’ve set up a maul close to the Los Pumas line, and a try to the All Blacks at that stage could’ve been a killer blow to the Pumas.

All Blacks 15-25 Argentina

Sotutu missed pass to Damian McKenzie: Hoskins Sotutu was excellent off the bench, and one key second half movement had him come off the back of the scrum close to the Pumas line. He attempted to pass to Damian McKenzie, but it ended up going into touch instead. Had that pass been executed, it would’ve been try time for the All Blacks.

It’s small things like this that the likes of Kieran Read and Richie McCaw were excellent at doing, and the lack of execution hurt New Zealand here.

Pablo Matera a warrior for Argentina: Right from his fifth minute talk to Angus Gardner demanding “respect” and his brilliant 74th minute turnover penalty, flanker Matera was a warrior for Los Pumas. The Argentine back three dominated New Zealand and were key to the South Americans’ stunning victory.

As captain, Matera has probably already cemented his legacy in Pumas history- the first in his country to beat the All Blacks.

Looking Ahead to the next Lions Tour of South Africa

Since 1888 there has been a special rugby union team that is known the world over, and in July 2021, they’ll be making a long-awaited return to South Africa again. The team we’re talking about is the British & Irish Lions, of course, which has developed a rich history and tradition for assembling marvellous groups of Home Nations players, then pitting them against the cream of the Southern Hemisphere international sides.

It promises to be a tasty affair, pitting the Lions against the reigning world champions! With the Boks withdrawing from the 2020 Rugby Championship, it also means that the Lions could be their first major test match following their 2019 RWC triumph in Japan. Continue reading “Looking Ahead to the next Lions Tour of South Africa”

Beauden Barrett first game for Auckland Blues- BB at 15 vs Hurricanes in Super Rugby Aotearoa 2020

Beauden Barrett’s much awaited debut for the Blues will be happening this weekend as Super Rugby resumes in New Zealand, but the All Blacks star will be starting at full back in his first game for the Auckland franchise, instead of 10, as some might have expected.

Barrett, who played most of the 2019 World Cup at 15, will be lining up against his former side the Hurricanes. It might have been Beauden vs Jordie, but for an injury to the latter that has ruled him out of this clash.

Otere Black starts at 10, and Barrett at 15 means that both Harry Plummer and Matt Duffie will be on the bench. No Dan Carter yet, but not even the most optimistic among us would have expected the veteran to start so early on his return to SR.

Solid back row for the Blues as well- a loose trio combination that pushes the highly rated Dalton Papalii to the bench. Continue reading “Beauden Barrett first game for Auckland Blues- BB at 15 vs Hurricanes in Super Rugby Aotearoa 2020”