Bledisloe Cup 2022: When was the last time the Wallabies won the Bledisloe?

So, the wait goes on. The Wallabies were beaten 39-37 in Melbourne on Thursday night ending their hopes of claiming the Bledisloe Cup that the All Blacks have had a mortgage on since 2002.

It’s been a long time between drinks for Australia, having not tasted success over their trans-Tasman rivals in two decades now. The All Blacks enjoying the kind of prolonged dominance over the Wallabies that’s almost impossible to find in any sport.

In a rare occurrence, Australia hosted the Kiwis in a midweek game, where they knew they simply had to win to stand any chance of claiming the Cup in New Zealand next weekend.

“They’ve had the wood on us for 20 years. So, us as a playing group, we understand what’s coming and it’s going to be a hard task to win the Bledisloe,” stand-in captain James Slipper said on the eve of the first Test match.

Slipper tried to explain why it had been two decades since Australia last won the Bledisloe, citing how the great Kiwi sides over the years have proved impossible to stop.

“You can look at it both angles, we probably haven’t been up to standard and the All Blacks have been above standard,” he said.

“We’ve got a couple of boys born the year we last won it. It’s a long time.

“It works in our favour as well. These young players are coming in and haven’t gone through the last 15 or 20 years playing the All Blacks. They have had some great teams over the last decade.”

The Wallabies entered into their first clash full of optimism that they could finally crack the Kiwis. After all, this isn’t the same All Blacks team that was feared by all over the years.

This version has recorded a few unwanted firsts which has wiped away their fear factor and brought them crashing back to the rest of the pack.  

The All Blacks lost three matches at home on the bounce for the first time ever, were toppled by Ireland in a crushing series defeat and were beaten by Argentina in New Zealand.

Ian Foster’s side had come under attack from the local media for their dreadful recent displays and had a 3-4 record going into their clash with the Wallabies.

“The thing about the Aussies, it doesn’t matter what’s going on, they’ve always got plenty of confidence in themselves and their ability,” All Blacks’ captain Sam Cane said pre-match.

“They’ve shown that time and time again in how they can front up.

“There’s been some absolute classic matches in games that I’ve been involved in that go right down to the wire.”

To claim the Bledisloe, Slipper and his Australian teammates had to win in Melbourne, before they faced the tricky task of travelling to Eden Park and winning. It is a ground the Wallabies haven’t won at since 1986.

But after suffering a controversial defeat on home soil, Australia will be forced to endure New Zealand once again keeping hold of the Bledisloe Cup for another year as their epic wait goes on.

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