Video analysis says All Blacks were better than Wallabies
July 18, 2000

The All Blacks put in a massive effort in just edging past the Wallabies at Stadium Australia on Saturday, as measured by the New Zealand Rugby Football Union's video analysis unit at Massey University.

Head of the video unit George Serrallach wouldn't reveal the precise figures but claimed the All Blacks played with 80 per cent more effort in 20 areas in their 39-35 win. He disputed the statement at the end of the telecast from former Wallabies halfback Nick Farr-Jones that the Australians had played better than the All Blacks.

"The key performance indicators measure the team's effort and in many areas the All Blacks doubled the Australians'," Serrallach said.

Eight staff at the Institute of Rugby analysed the Bledisloe Cup Test and found differences between the television statistics and the video unit's. Serrallach said the New Zealanders had 43 per cent of possession in Sydney, the Australians 57, and in territory the Australians were ahead by 57 to 43, not 67-33 as the television showed.

He also said territorial analysis did not tell the true story because the All Blacks liked to attack from deep in their own territory anyway.

Serrallach admitted the All Blacks had double the number of missed tackles but claimed their quality of the successful tackling was superior. And he said the videotape revealed two of the Australian tries had doubts about them - one when the ball went only nine metres from the kickoff and led to Australia's first try.

"The New Zealanders, everyone, slowed down thinking the ref was going to pull it up," he said.

The other was when lock John Eales obstructed New Zealand prop Carl Hoeft as he tried to tackle try-scorer Chris Latham.

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