The Wallabies bombed one of the surest things in recent international rugby last night.
With 10 minutes left on the clock, all money was pointing toward a Wallabies upset in Brisbane. The All Blacks were gone, not in the game, and not looking likely to score a penalty goal never mind a try.
Colin Slade missed finding touch from a penalty with little over a minute to play.
From there, the result should have been signed, sealed, and delivered.
But it wasn’t.
Malakai Fekitoa had an average game, but when his moment came, he backed himself and showed all the qualities of amazing that this All Black side has become famous for. He could have passed, but he backed himself, and leaped over the line for a try, sending the rugby world into an absolute frenzy.
Colin Slade had a simple task, kick the conversion and win the match, or miss and become known as the 2014 version of Stephan Donald.
The ball never looked like missing.
Colin Slade is now the most talked about No.10 in the All Blacks, who would have thought that this time yesterday?
The final score in Brisbane was 29-28 to the All Blacks.
But the drama was only just beginning.
Ewen McKenzie resigned from his role as Wallabies coach effective immediately, and then ARU powers focused the blame for it on the media. The ARU believe that had it not been for the unfounded character attacks and rumors swirled around this week by writers and reporters, McKenzie would still be in the job.
The Wallabies leave for the UK on Friday, leaving the ARU less than a week to find a new coach.
Wallabies fans probably thought they’d seen every implosion possible until last night.
The fact that this Wallabies side didn’t hold on and get the win is more than staggering, it is disgraceful, and it shows those same symptoms which have been the reason why the All Blacks beat Australia more often than not. The All Blacks were less than average, even with the remarkable finish. McCaw and his men should have lost, but the Wallabies have no one to blame but themselves, it was just a shambles.
It cannot possibly get any darker in Wallabies rugby right now.