Monday 22 January 2018 / 05:36 AM


Reeling from their 54-34 drubbing (which could have been a lot worse) at the hands of the All Blacks in Sydney, the Wallabies now venture to Dunedin for the return Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship clash.

But they may find the covered-roof conditions in Dunedin more to their liking than the old Carisbrook – nicknamed ‘The House of Pain’ – in the South Island city, where the Aussies had more than their share of trouble.

Wind-back Wednesday reflects on the 1993 showdown at Carisbrook.

The world champion Wallabies had claimed a long-awaited series triumph over the All Blacks on home soil in 1992 and came into the following season’s one-off Bledisloe match-up confident.

But the hosts – fresh off a series win over the British Lions – torched their bitter rivals 25-10. After a try-less first half, the All Blacks put the contest out of reach via tries to Sean Fitzpatrick and Va’aiga Tuigamala, who terrorised David Campese all afternoon.

A Tim Horan try from a bomb was pure consolation for well-beaten Wallabies.

[YouTube – 99waylon]

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