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Bledisloe Cup, Saturday, 19 October 2013 - Bledisloe Cup - Forsyth Barr Stadium

New Zealand
New Zealand versus Australia
Players Savea (10min), Cane (30min), Cruden (37min), Read (54min) Tries 4 Tries 3 Players Ashley-Cooper (40min), Toomua (47min), Kuridrani (77min)
Players Cruden 3/4 (75%) Conversions 3 Conversions 3 Players Cooper 3/3 (100%)
Players Cruden 4/6 (66%), Barrett 1/1 (100%) Penalty goals 5 Penalty goals 3 Players Cooper 3/3 (100%)
Players Drop goals 0 Drop goals 1 Players Cooper 1/1 (100%)


Match Tracker

New Zealand vs. Australia

  1. 1 minute
  2. 2 minute
  3. 3 minute
  4. 4 minute Australia: Penalty Goal Quade Cooper
  5. 5 minute
  6. 6 minute
  7. 7 minute
  8. 8 minute
  9. 9 minute
  10. 10 minute New Zealand: Try Julian Savea
  11. 11 minute New Zealand: Conversion Aaron Cruden
  12. 12 minute
  13. 13 minute
  14. 14 minute
  15. 15 minute
  16. 16 minute Australia: Drop Goal Quade Cooper
  17. 17 minute
  18. 18 minute
  19. 19 minute New Zealand: Penalty Goal Aaron Cruden
  20. 20 minute
  21. 21 minute
  22. 22 minute
  23. 23 minute New Zealand: Penalty Goal Aaron Cruden
  24. 24 minute
  25. 25 minute Australia: Penalty Goal Quade Cooper
  26. 26 minute
  27. 27 minute
  28. 28 minute
  29. 29 minute
  30. 30 minute New Zealand: Try Sam Cane
  31. 31 minute New Zealand: Conversion Aaron Cruden
  32. 32 minute
  33. 33 minute Australia: Penalty Goal Quade Cooper
  34. 34 minute
  35. 35 minute New Zealand: Penalty Goal Aaron Cruden
  36. 36 minute
  37. 37 minute New Zealand: Try Aaron Cruden
  38. 38 minute New Zealand: Conversion Aaron Cruden
  39. 39 minute
  40. HT Half time Australia: Try Adam Ashley-Cooper Australia: Conversion Quade Cooper

New Zealand vs. Australia

New Zealand vs. Australia

  1. 41 minute
  2. 42 minute
  3. 43 minute
  4. 44 minute New Zealand: Penalty Goal Aaron Cruden New Zealand: Substitution Off Jeremy Thrush New Zealand: Substitution On Brodie Retallick
  5. 45 minute
  6. 46 minute
  7. 47 minute Australia: Try Matt Toomua
  8. 48 minute
  9. 49 minute Australia: Conversion Quade Cooper Australia: Substitution Off Ben Alexander Australia: Substitution On Benn Robinson
  10. 50 minute
  11. 51 minute
  12. 52 minute
  13. 53 minute
  14. 54 minute New Zealand: Try Kieran Read
  15. 55 minute
  16. 56 minute
  17. 57 minute
  18. 58 minute
  19. 59 minute Australia: Substitution Off Stephen Moore Australia: Substitution On Saia Faingaa
  20. 60 minute New Zealand: Substitution Off Keven Mealamu New Zealand: Substitution Off Aaron Cruden New Zealand: Substitution On Dane Coles New Zealand: Substitution On Beauden Barrett
  21. 61 minute
  22. 62 minute Australia: Substitution Off James Slipper Australia: Substitution On Sekope Kepu
  23. 63 minute
  24. 64 minute
  25. 65 minute Australia: Substitution Off James Horwill Australia: Substitution On Sitaleki Timani
  26. 66 minute
  27. 67 minute
  28. 68 minute New Zealand: Substitution Off Tony Woodcock New Zealand: Substitution Off Charlie Faumuina New Zealand: Substitution Off Aaron Smith New Zealand: Substitution On Wyatt Crockett New Zealand: Substitution On Ben Franks New Zealand: Substitution On Tawera Kerr-Barlow Australia: Substitution Off Ben McCalman Australia: Substitution Off Peter Betham Australia: Substitution On David Dennis Australia: Substitution On Bernard Foley
  29. 69 minute
  30. 70 minute New Zealand: Penalty Goal Beauden Barrett
  31. 71 minute
  32. 72 minute
  33. 73 minute New Zealand: Substitution Off Liam Messam New Zealand: Substitution Off Ben Smith New Zealand: Substitution On Steven Luatua New Zealand: Substitution On Tom Taylor
  34. 74 minute
  35. 75 minute
  36. 76 minute
  37. 77 minute Australia: Try Tevita Kuridrani
  38. 78 minute Australia: Conversion Quade Cooper
  39. 79 minute
  40. FT Full time

New Zealand vs. Australia


Match Statistics
New ZealandAustralia

1 Tony Woodcock

Substitution Off

1 James Slipper

Substitution Off

2 Keven Mealamu

Substitution Off

2 Stephen Moore

Substitution Off

3 Charlie Faumuina

Substitution Off

3 Ben Alexander

Substitution Off

4 Jeremy Thrush

Substitution Off

4 Rob Simmons

5 Sam Whitelock

5 James Horwill

Substitution Off

6 Liam Messam

Substitution Off

6 Ben Mowen

7 Sam Cane


7 Michael Hooper

8 Kieran Read


8 Ben McCalman

Substitution Off

9 Aaron Smith

Substitution Off

9 Will Genia

10 Aaron Cruden

Penalty Goal
Substitution Off

10 Quade Cooper

Penalty Goal
Drop Goal

11 Julian Savea


11 Peter Betham

Substitution Off

12 Ma'a Nonu

12 Matt Toomua


13 Ben Smith

Substitution Off

13 Tevita Kuridrani


14 Charles Piutau

14 Adam Ashley-Cooper


15 Israel Dagg

15 Israel Folau

Match Statistics
New Zealand Reserves Australia Reserves

Dane Coles

Substitution On

Saia Faingaa

Substitution On

Wyatt Crockett

Substitution On

Benn Robinson

Substitution On

Ben Franks

Substitution On

Sekope Kepu

Substitution On

Brodie Retallick

Substitution On

Sitaleki Timani

Substitution On

Steven Luatua

Substitution On

David Dennis

Substitution On

Tawera Kerr-Barlow

Substitution On

Bernard Foley

Substitution On

Beauden Barrett

Penalty Goal
Substitution On

Tom Taylor

Substitution On

New Zealand vs Australia

  • Possession

    New Zealand 49%
    49% 51%
    Australia 51%
  • Rucks/mauls

    New Zealand 66
    44% 56%
    Australia 83
  • Line breaks

    New Zealand 5
    42% 58%
    Australia 7
  • Offloads

    New Zealand 14
    47% 53%
    Australia 16
  • Scrum wins

    New Zealand 7
    88% 12%
    Australia 1
  • Scrums won against head

    New Zealand 0
    50% 50%
    Australia 0
  • Lineout wins

    New Zealand 6
    29% 71%
    Australia 15
  • Lineouts won against throw

    New Zealand 1
    50% 50%
    Australia 1
  • Runs

    New Zealand 85
    44% 56%
    Australia 109
  • Run metres

    New Zealand 582m
    45% 55%
    Australia 713m
  • Kicks

    New Zealand 25
    63% 37%
    Australia 15
  • Kick metres

    New Zealand 815m
    62% 38%
    Australia 508m
  • Tackles made

    New Zealand 134
    57% 43%
    Australia 102
  • Tackles missed

    New Zealand 31
    60% 40%
    Australia 21
  • Turnovers

    New Zealand 11
    31% 69%
    Australia 24
  • Penalties conceded

    New Zealand 8
    42% 58%
    Australia 11
  • |
    New Zealand statistics
    Tony Woodcock LHP 68 1 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Keven Mealamu HOOK 59 1 4 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Charlie Faumuina THP 68 3 8 10 1 0 0 0 0 4 0
    Jeremy Thrush LCK1 44 1 9 6 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Sam Whitelock LCK2 80 7 17 12 1 3 0 0 0 4 0
    Liam Messam BSFL 73 8 76 4 0 3 0 1 1 4 0
    Sam Cane OSFL 80 9 35 16 1 0 0 0 0 7 1
    Kieran Read NUM8 80 8 63 8 1 0 0 0 1 10 0
    Aaron Smith HB 68 3 10 6 1 0 7 0 0 2 1
    Aaron Cruden FIV8 59 3 13 4 1 2 5 0 0 1 0
    Julian Savea LWNG 80 9 125 2 1 0 1 0 2 7 1
    Ma'a Nonu ICEN 80 6 25 11 7 0 4 1 0 6 1
    Ben Smith OCEN 73 4 51 4 4 1 1 0 1 2 0
    Charles Piutau RWNG 80 5 26 7 2 0 0 0 0 5 0
    Israel Dagg FBCK 80 3 50 5 3 0 3 2 0 1 1
    Dane Coles RHKR 22 2 12 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Wyatt Crockett RPRP 14 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Franks RLCK 14 2 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
    Brodie Retallick RFL 38 3 12 6 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
    Steven Luatua RHB 9 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tawera Kerr-Barlow RBCK 14 1 4 2 2 1 1 0 0 1 0
    Beauden Barrett RES1 22 2 18 5 1 1 2 0 0 2 0
    Tom Taylor RES2 9 1 6 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
    Australia statistics
    James Slipper LHP 61 3 7 5 2 0 0 0 0 3 2
    Stephen Moore HOOK 59 7 31 7 1 0 1 0 0 7 1
    Ben Alexander THP 48 3 10 4 3 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Rob Simmons LCK1 80 5 19 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
    James Horwill LCK2 65 2 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Ben Mowen BSFL 80 3 12 10 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Michael Hooper OSFL 80 5 27 15 1 0 0 0 0 5 1
    Ben McCalman NUM8 68 8 23 10 0 1 0 0 0 7 2
    Will Genia HB 80 2 8 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 4
    Quade Cooper FIV8 80 7 38 6 3 4 6 0 0 3 1
    Peter Betham LWNG 68 6 27 4 2 1 1 0 0 4 0
    Matt Toomua ICEN 80 9 52 6 1 1 1 1 1 7 1
    Tevita Kuridrani OCEN 80 10 146 5 1 3 1 1 2 8 3
    Adam Ashley-Cooper RWNG 80 8 60 2 3 1 1 0 1 5 1
    Israel Folau FBCK 80 16 138 1 1 4 3 0 2 11 2
    Saia Faingaa RHKR 23 3 11 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Benn Robinson RPRP 34 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Sekope Kepu RLCK 21 1 40 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
    Sitaleki Timani RFL 17 3 13 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 0
    David Dennis RHB 14 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Bernard Foley RES2 14 2 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2

    Latest Comments

    • You can't win test rugby when you play primary school rugby. Great positions let down by poor handing.

      Big Roach | October 19, 2013, 6:35PM
    • Joubert had a great first half but has dropped the ball in the second half with some poor decisions

      Stephen | October 19, 2013, 6:55PM
    • Grand game,,,, well done to BOTH sides

      Jeff | October 19, 2013, 7:22PM
    • I don't know about anyone else but I thought Australia showed the " Never give up, never surrender" attitude and although they still have a bit too go hopefully its a 'watch this space' and ...

      Brisiwi | October 19, 2013, 7:37PM
    • How many times did the wallabies give up possession and momentum in the all blacks half. So frustrating!

      D | October 19, 2013, 7:41PM

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    Top Players

    Player name Sam Cane 16
    Player name Quade Cooper 4
    Player name Aaron Smith 7
    Player name Israel Folau 16
    Player name Tevita Kuridrani 146
    Line Breaks
    Player name Julian Savea 2

    Match Details

    Start time:
    Craig Joubert
    Touch Judges:
    Jaco Peyper, Stuart Berry
    Video Ref:
    Vinny Munro

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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.

    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.

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

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

    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.

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    57th min: Craig Joubert for the first time tonight has found a team offside. It is against the Wallabies.

    56th min: The re-start results in a kicking duel with finishes with a lineout to the Wallabies on halfway. The All Blacks win against the throw.

    54th min: Kieran Read scores. He strolls over after the All Blacks soak up the defenders and spin it wide. It all goes back to a turnover in a strong tackle by Charles Faumuina and Ma'a Nonu. Cruden misses the conversion. NEW ZEALAND 38 AUSTRALIA 26

    52nd min: Cruden misses a simple kick.

    51st min: The All Blacks win the lineout and a penalty is conceded at the breakdown by Michael Hooper. It looks like he was off his feet.

    50th min: The All Blacks regather from the re-start and Peter Betham concedes the penalty for a deliberate knock down. Probably incorrect call. The All Blacks have kicked for the corner.

    48th min: Benn Robinson on for Ben Alexander. As Quade Cooper kicks the conversion from the sideline. NEW ZEALAND 33 AUSTRALIA 26.

    47th min: Well the game as livened up as desperate intercept by Tevita Kuridrani turns a potential try to the All Blacks into a five pointer by Matt Toomua. NEW ZEALAND 33 AUSTRALIA 24 ktc.

    45th min: Michael Hooper is trying hard but not making much impact tonight and he has just lost the ball in a crunching tackle by Mealamu.

    43rd min: Good defence by the Wallabies but they concede the penalty at the breakdown. A 50-50 call. Cruden kicks the goal. NEW ZEALAND 33 AUSTRALIA 19.

    42nd min: Play is underway and already the All Blacks are finding space and not making errors. A dangerous cocktail for Wallabies. A clever grubber kick from Nonu forces Folau to ground the ball in the in-goal. The fullback could do nothing about it. Five-metre scrum.

    Georgina Robinson writes: Richie McCaw, Cory Jane and Piri Weepu look supremely relaxed two rows in front of me. And so they should be, because the Wallabies are their own worst enemy again. The Ashley-Cooper try was crucial but who can say they deserved it? Every other time they made it into their own half - it was so rare I could keep count - Australia shot themselves in the foot. The ping-pong ball between Mowen and Genia early on, then the uncharacteristic sloppiness of captain Horwill. The All Blacks never leave Wallabies territory without points. "Make a mistake, bro? We'll take that, thank you."

    Thank you, New Zealand. No really, I'm learning to love the chronic pain.

    The All Blacks are ruthless. The Wallabies dominate both possession and territory but trail on the scoreboard. The All Blacks defence is so strong that it is an attacking weapon and they have the creativity to strike where the opportunity arises.

    The Wallabies must keep the turnovers down in the second-half to have any chance.

    Quade Cooper has been far and away their best player. He has given the team width and putting players in space. Matt Toomua has played well and Folau has done some good things too but has made too many errors.

    The forwards must lift. Ben McCalman has been strong in loose play as has Stephen Moore. The scrum has been solid too but the pack must get over the gain line more.

    39th min: Well perhaps I speak too soon. Matt Toomua busts them up the middle and Quade Cooper throws a perfect cut-out ball to Adam Ashley-Cooper who scores on the left flank. Cooper converts. NEW ZEALAND 30 AUSTRALIA 19.

    37th min: More stunning play by the All Blacks. The ball swept from side to side and eventually quick hands down the right sets up a try to Aaron Cruden. The Wallabies are dominating field position, but can't crack the All Blacks defence. New Zealand are having no such trouble. Cruden converts. NEW ZEALAND 30 AUSTRALIA 12. This match is over. The hosts' defence is too good let alone their attack.

    36th min: Cruden kicks it. NEW ZEALAND 23 AUSTRALIA 12

    35th min: Scrum penalty to the All Blacks. Tough call by Joubert as the ball had just about come out when he blew the whistle.

    34th min: Great re-start by the All Blacks who regain possession but an accidental offside ruins the good work in the air.

    32nd min: The Wallabies earn a penalty from the re-start and Quade Cooper shoots for goal and succeeds. NEW ZEALAND 20 AUSTRALIA 12.

    This is rope-a-dope rugby. The All Blacks absorb the pressure and then strike like a viper.

    29th min: Genius, All Blacks, genius. Cruden cross-kicks to Savea.  He throws it inside to Dagg and who links with Sam Cane who scores under the post. Cruden converts. NEW ZEALAND 20 AUSTRALIA 9

    28th min: Close call for the Wallabies. Kieran Read is dragged down centimetres short by Quade Cooper and Ben McCalman. Genia knocks back from the lineout but a thumping kick by Cooper relieves the pressure.

    25th min: Ben McCalman knocks on from the re-start. Not an easy take and there was plenty of pressure. The Wallabies put on a big scrum and win the penalty.

    23rd min: The Wallabies are mixing up their re-starts and Folau shows tremendous athleticism to leap and high and take the ball. The lazy runner Tony Woodcock from the All Blacks concedes the penalty as Will Genia passes the ball into him. Cooper kicks the goal. NEW ZEALAND 13 AUSTRALIA 9

    22nd min: He does it. NEW ZEALAND 13 AUSTRALIA 6

    21st min: From the lineout, the All Blacks get the penalty. Cruden has the easiest kick of the night.

    20th min: Great pressure by the All Blacks forces the Wallabies to scramble inside their own 10 metres and Ashley-Cooper just gets his kick away before the chargedown arrived.

    19th min: Easy come easy go. Cruden quickly recoups the three points. NEW ZEALAND 10 AUSTRALIA 6.

    18th min: A fundamental error by Kuridrani gives the All Blacks a penalty from the re-start.

    16th min: The Wallabies earn a penalty advantage but Quade Cooper slots the drop goal as insurance. NEW ZEALAND 7 AUSTRALIA 6.

    15th min: Fierce defence by the All Blacks turns possession over and kick down field finds space. Quade Cooper holds up play and the Wallabies don't panic and earn the penalty.

    13th min: Great pass by Quade Cooper gives Israel Folau space but a brillian tackle by Piutau stops a tryscoring opportunity and then James Horwill with a shocking knock-on.

    10th min: Brilliant play by Israel Dagg. He shifted quickly to the left and created a one-on-one with Stephen Moore who had no chance and Dagg gave Julian Savea a clear run to the tryline. Cruden has found his kicking boots. NEW ZEALAND 7 AUSTRALIA 3

    9th min: Worst. Kick. Ever. It did not even make the 10m mark.

    8th min: Poor pass by Genia to Betham results in a penalty for offside and the All Blacks will have a shot from about 50 metres out.

    6th min: The All Blacks make a meal of the ball and Quade Cooper kicks downfield. Dagg boots the bal out and the Wallabies win the lineout. They make no ground and an eventual error gives the All Blacks the scrum feed.

    5th min: Good play from the All Blacks. They regain possession from the kick-off and work through the phases before Savea makes down the right.

    4th min: It's over the black dot. NEW ZEALAND 0 AUSTRALIA 3

    Penalty to the Wallabies. They won a tight head but the All Blacks dived on the ball and I think they have been pinged for not releasing. Quade Cooper will shoot for goal with obligatory boos.

    A knock-on by Genia ends the movement with the All Blacks with the scrum feed 10 metres out.

    Good start from the Wallabies they regain possession and Folau makes a break.

    The Wallabies will kick and some relief for Quade Cooper, it's Matt Toomua with the honour.

    Haka time.

    It's the Ka Mate Ka Mate version.

    The teams.

    New Zealand: Israel Dagg; Charles Piutau, Ben Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea; Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read (captain), Sam Cane, Liam Messam; Sam Whitelock, Jeremy Thrush; Charlie Faumuina, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock. Replacements: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Ben Franks, Brodie Retallick, Steven Luatua, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Tom Taylor.

    Australia: Israel Folau; Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Toomua, Peter Betham; Quade Cooper, Will Genia; Ben McCalman, Michael Hooper, Ben Mowen; James Horwill (capt), Rob Simmons; Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, James Slipper. Replacements: Saia Faingaa, Benn Robinson, Sekope Kepu, Sitaleki Timani, Dave Dennis, Nic White, Mike Harris, Bernard Foley

    This is a dead rubber with the Bledisloe Cup wrapped up in straight sets in Sydney and Wellington by the All Blacks in August.

    Both teams have plenty to play for. The All Blacks' culture simply demands a win despite the trophy already in the cabinet.

    The Wallabies need to show that the excellent attacking performance in Rosario was no flash in the pan. They need to tighten up their defence to have any chance.

    The Wallabies have not beaten the All Blacks in New Zealand since 2001. That victory was also in Dunedin although Carisbrook looks vastly different to today's venue, the enclosed Forsyth Barr Stadium.

    The 2001 victory was also the first match in charge of the Wallabies for coach Eddie Jones who unfotunately suffered a stroke this week and we wish him a speedy recovery.


    The All Blacks go into their clash with the Wallabies in Dunedin on Saturday as overwhelming favourites despite losing influential captain Richie McCaw and enterprising wing Cory Jane on the eve of the Test.

    The double injury blow forced a late reshuffle for the reigning world champions, including the promotion of utility back Charles Piutau to the starting side for the first time.

    But the odds remain heavily in the All Blacks favour after they disposed of the Wallabies twice already this year -- winning 47-29 in Sydney and then 27-16 in Wellington as they sailed through the Rugby Championship unbeaten.

    New Zealand betting agency TAB kept the All Blacks at a shade over even money while the Wallabies were at 6-1 after it was announced Friday that McCaw was ruled out with a tight calf and Jane had tweaked a hamstring.

    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said McCaw's injury was not serious.

    "We could have played him but the risk and reward wasn't worth it so we haven't," he said.

    "CJ (Jane) has obviously done a grade one hamstring near the end of training. We thought he may be okay in the morning but he pulled up no good."

    Wallabies captain James Horwill believes the loss of McCaw will have little impact on the All Blacks.

    "Obviously the experience of Richie is a loss for any team, 120 Tests it's hard to replicate that experience, but Sam Cane's been doing a great job," Horwill said, referring to the man replacing the New Zealand veteran.

    With nothing at stake in the match -- the All Blacks are 2-0 up in the best of three Bledisloe Cup Tests between the trans-Tasman rivals -- both sides have preached the same message of needing to back up their last performance.

    The All Blacks are looking to reproduce the form that saw them beat South Africa 38-27 two weeks ago to claim the Rugby Championship with a performance dubbed by the New Zealand media "as one of the all-time greats".

    Australia, after a woeful year, want a repeat of the form they showed when trouncing Argentina 54-17 in a match to avoid the Rugby Championship wooden spoon.

    If the All Blacks offer the Wallabies an area to exploit it would be out wide with the raw paring of Piutau and Ben Smith.

    Smith's reputation as a try-scoring wing will count for little as he moves in one place to the more defensive centre role in place of Conrad Smith who is taking an extended break from the game.

    Piutau, although rated as a utility, has established his reputation as a counter-attacking fullback.

    The loss of three times world player of the year McCaw sees the elevation of Cane who has already shown this year he is a capable openside flanker at Test level.

    A target for the All Blacks, apart from maintaining their unbeaten record this year, is to win their 30th consecutive Test on home soil while the Wallabies have to go back 12 years to when they last beat the All Blacks in New Zealand.

    The last of their rare victories anywhere over the All Blacks was 25-20 in Brisbane two years ago and Rob Simmons, Horwill's locking partner, believes it's time for a change.

    "I get filthy, I hate losing. They're a good team but you get pretty down. It's something I want to change, that's for sure," he said.

    In the 2011 win halves pairing Will Genia and Quade Cooper played an instrumental role in steering the side around the park and they will need to recapture that form for the Wallabies to have a realistic chance.

    The Wallabies also need to overcome their defensive and handling lapses but Hansen denied his team would be taking them lightly.

    "We respect the Australians immensely," he said.


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    • The "Boys" turned up to play
      Best game all year well done.

      Good luck on your tour

      Date and time
      October 20, 2013, 2:08PM
    • Super game with the best team winning. That was Sir (NZ bestowed honour) Joubert's best game for the AB's since the RWC final against France.

      Date and time
      October 19, 2013, 8:03PM
    • Well that performance should at least silence all the pathetic quade haters out there for a while...

      Date and time
      October 19, 2013, 7:46PM
    • How many times did the wallabies give up possession and momentum in the all blacks half. So frustrating!

      Date and time
      October 19, 2013, 7:41PM
    • I don't know about anyone else but I thought Australia showed the " Never give up, never surrender" attitude and although they still have a bit too go hopefully its a 'watch this space' and they can give the AB's a run for their money in the future.Keep it up OZ. But I will always bet on black

      Date and time
      October 19, 2013, 7:37PM
    • Grand game,,,, well done to BOTH sides

      Date and time
      October 19, 2013, 7:22PM
    • Joubert had a great first half but has dropped the ball in the second half with some poor decisions

      Date and time
      October 19, 2013, 6:55PM
    • You can't win test rugby when you play primary school rugby. Great positions let down by poor handing.

      Big Roach
      Date and time
      October 19, 2013, 6:35PM

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