Peter Bills: Carter calls on Kiwis to see off Oz in 'turf' war
The combined intrigues of the latest Tri-Nations match of the 2010 competition, allied to the first Bledisloe Cup game of the season between Australia and New Zealand, might yet take second place to a lump of turf in Melbourne this morning.
If reports backed by video footage are to be believed, the Wallabies will attempt to end a seven-match losing run to the All Blacks on a playing surface at the Etihad stadium about as secure of foot as your local ice rink.
Australian TV footage of a compilation of several AFL players going on their arses in a match at the ground last week has raised serious questions as to the worthiness, and, indeed, safety of the playing surface. It is said the grass does not take proper root at the ground, perhaps because the roof is usually closed.