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Live: New Zealand v Australia Bledisloe III 2013

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Stick with RugbyHeaven tonight and tomorrow with reports from Georgina Robinson in Dunedin and analysis by Paul Cully.

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Positives for Australia

Quade Cooper was outstanding. His defence held up and he played flat creating space for his runners with short balls, loop passes and cut-out balls. This is the sort of rugby that Bill Pulver wanted the Wallabies to play when Ewen McKenzie was given the job.

Matt Toomua was good too. McKenzie has a tough job with Lealiifano back, but the Cooper-Toomua partnership worked well.

Tevita Kuridrani has a barnstorming second-half and it looks a possible long-term No.13.

Israel Folau still has a lot to work on but he can bust a tackle and he still does things on the field that others cannot.

The scrum at worst held its own. They may have even shaded the All Blacks.


Stephen Moore aside, there is not enough impact from the starting tight five.

The breakdown. Both New Zealand and South Africa have touched Australia up in the close collisions. Argentina did a similar job in Perth. If McKenzie can get this aspect of the game, the Wallabies will be far more dangerous.

Overall, progress is being made, but there is still a significant gap to the All Blacks.

That was a very entertaining game and the Wallabies walk away with a lot of credit. But no one should kid themselves, since Savea crossed in the 10th min the All Blacks were always in control on the scoreboard.


81st min: Folau makes another bust and he puts clever grubber through, the ball bounces up for Foley knocks-on. Savea counter-attacks and with a big run. The Wallabies get the ball and counter-attack again. But eventually the ball is knocked on and that's it. Fulltime.

80th min: Folau makes another break and he offload to Kepu who beats one but is rundown from behind.

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77th min: Try awarded. Quade Cooper put up a crossfield kick. Predictably Israel Folau comes down with and from the next phase Kuridrani crashes over. Cooper converts. NEW ZEALAND 41 AUSTRALIA 33

77th min: The TMO is being used to check a possible try by Kuridrani.

75th min: Quade Cooper nearly puts Adam Ashley-Cooper over but the next phase he throws a long ball that is forward and goes out. That is his first mistake of the night.

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74th min: Brilliant defence by Tom Taylor stops another set move involving Israel Folau but Sam Cane concedes another penalty.

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73rd min: Back-to-back penatlies for the Wallabies give them a lineout throw 35 metres out from the All Blacks line.

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72nd min: Quade Cooper makes another try-saving tackle. Ben Smith made the bust and Liam Messam charges towards the post but is brought down and Adam Ashley-Cooper earns the penalty.

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69th min: Another penalty right in front for the All Blacks. Beauden Barrett kicks the penalty. NEW ZEALAND 41 AUSTRALIA 26.

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68th min: The All Blacks can finally escape their territory after Micheal Hooper is pinged for not releasing.

66th min: Unlucky for the Wallabies just a Joubert rules penalty advantage over, Genia collides with a teammate. Accidental offside ruled.

65th min: Ma'a Nonu charges at Quade Cooper from the scrum and Cooper eventually brings him down and the box kick goes out on the 22. Timani on for Horwill.

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63rd min: The Wallabies have a 12-man lineout. They try a rolling maul but Craig Joubert rules that the maul stopped and the ball should be used.

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62nd min: The Wallabies try the rolling maul and earn the penalty.

61st min: Great counter-attack by the Wallabies sparked by Adam Ashley-Cooper and Quade Cooper results in a bust by Kuridrani. The All Blacks covers stops the try but the lineout throw is with the Wallabies 20 metres out. Kepu on Slipper off.

60th min: Kuridrani nearly breaks through after a Cooper short ball but he knocks on. Cruden off and Barrett is on.

59th min: Rob Simmons returns the favour by winning a lineout against the throw. Cooper boots it down field and Michael Hooper forces a scrum with strong work at the breakdown. Faingaa on for Moore.

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