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Former All Black Pita Alatini and his Wallaby counterpart Owen Finegan are the guest speakers at Pakuranga United Rugby Club’s annual Bledisloe Luncheon. The pair featured in the New Zealand v Australia Tri-Nations clash at Syd- ney’s Stadium Australia in 2000, which had everything a rugby fan could wish for in one match. The game was already a memorable one for Alatini, who was making his All Blacks debut at second-five after starring for the Highlanders in Super Rugby. “It’s a topic that everyone always asks me about, how that game went,” says Alatini, Pakuranga’s director of rugby and premier head coach. “It was one of those games that will never be forgotten. It was right up there for me as one of the top games of my career.” Alatini crossed for a try in a mes- merizing opening spell in which the All Blacks raced to 24-0 lead within 10 minutes. Then, in an amazing turnaround, the scores were level at 24-24 by halftime, as Australia, in front of a record rugby crowd of 109,874 people, surged back into the contest. Attendees at the luncheon will get to hear what the opposition thought of the test match, from one of the Walla- bies’ all-time great enforcers. Finegan, a flanker or lock in 56 appearances for Australia, was a thorn in the All Blacks’ side during the early 2000s. He was named the Wallabies player of the year in 2001, and in their team of the decade from 1995-2005. “Owen and I talked about the game back then, but not in a long time,” says Alatini. “He was tough, especially close to the line. The inside ball from George Gregan to Owen Finegan was a classic combination and hard to stop. “He was such a big man, had good pace and a lot of skill, so he was the complete player. “He was a dominant force for the Brumbies and Wallabies through that era. “It’s always awesome to hear the other side of the story and how they felt about that game.” The audience at the luncheon will be treated to what it was like to be in the middle of ‘that’ match, as well as behind-the-scenes anecdotes. “At the end of the game I could barely move, it took its toll,” says Alatini. “Before you knew it, the 80 minutes were gone. “Most of the guys were completely silent. There was happiness that we had won [39-35], but we couldn’t celebrate because we were that buggered.” With a Kiwi and Aussie on stage together at Pakuranga, there is bound to be plenty of banter, with varying degrees of truth. “I’m getting a bit nervous,” says Alatini, laughing. “I’m pretty sure there’re not too many skeletons in there, but you never know. “I might have forgotten, but Owen might still have something in his little book.” The Pakuranga United Rugby Club’s Bledisloe Luncheon is from 12.30pm on Friday, August 22, ahead of the All Blacks v Australia test match at Eden Park the following day. Corporate tables of 10 people cost $1200 and individual tickets are $120, with a two-course meal and most drinks included. To purchase tickets, email mlyford@ lbtaspac.co.nz, or phone the club’s general manager Steve Hackett on 576-7928.
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