It was the pivotal moment of one of Wallabies’ greatest World Cup victories. Hosts Australia were under early pressure from tournament favourites New Zealand in the 2003 semi-final blockbuster, when All Blacks flyhalf Carlos Spencer fired a long cut-out pass with a huge overlap beckoning inside the Wallabies’ 22.
But Australian centre Stirling Mortlock plucked it out of the air and ran 80 metres for the opening try. The 14-point swing proved too much for the All Blacks, who struggled to get into the contest and ultimately succumbed 22-10 in front of 82,444 fans at Stadium Australia.
Aside from his decisive intercept, Mortlock gave opposing No.13 Leon MacDonald a torrid night in one of his most memorable Test displays.
A worthy Too Good Tuesday moment!