What a week for rugby! While South Africa managed to beat England on their home turf at Twickenham (31:28), giving Londoners plenty to talk (and shout) about at the pub and at the jam-packed grounds, the main event for Kiwis took place in Scotland, where the All Blacks – once again – beat Scotland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh following a surprisingly tight match (24:16).
Playing an impressive defence, the Scots actually proved to be a worthy opponent for the first time in a long while, coming within ten points of the All Blacks for the first time since 1991. But the All Blacks managed to win the game with flying colours anyway, continuing to prove our Kiwi strength against the Scots for over a century running now, while heating up rivalries for the remaining matches. The All Blacks are now gearing up to face Wales on Saturday, 22nd November, confident to defend the world champion title once more. The Welsh might want to consult with their Scottish counterparts if they want to put up as impressive a game though.
Meanwhile in Brisbane, the New Zealand national rugby union team continued to extend this winning streak, proving Kiwi might against Australia in the Bledisloe Cup on Tuesday, 18th November.
Beating the Wallabies and Scotland in one and the same week, it’s an awesome time right now to fly the Kiwi flag.