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Scoop Link: Rugby: Greatest test? I think not

By WYNNE GRAY

SYDNEY - Before his first Bledisloe Cup test, new All Black captain Todd Blackadder was blown away by the atmosphere at Stadium Australia.

"On the way in looking out at the crowd and the carparks - I think you would fit the whole of Christchurch in this stadium."

After his team's palpitating 39-35 victory, Blackadder said the memories would stay with him for the rest of his life. It had been a great occasion, a great game of rugby.
It was a test which will net Australian rugby about $4 million. It dragged 109,874 past the turnstiles and gave everyone, even those without any amber inside them, a headache in trying to assess both its merit and rating.

The greatest game of all was thrown into the mix, but that seemed to overstate its standard. It was exhilarating, surreal and magnetic, right up there in the top group because of its speed and intensity, but with too many mistakes to qualify as the best in test rugby. Anyway, how do you define the greatest?

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