New Zealand retain Bledisloe Cup in thrilling fashion

Kelly Massey
August 27, 2017

Unfortunately, it was not to be - as some handsome inside-outside ball movement from New Zealand broke open the Australian defense in the final minute, allowing Beauden Barrett to stroll over untouched for his second try of the evening.

New Zealand kept their foot on the pedal and made sure of it when they got back into Wallabies territory again soon after, with Barrett finding a soft spot on the blind a beating two defenders to the line to give the home side their first lead.

Hooper and his Australian team had its only run under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium yesterday morning and was eyeing up a big improvement from last week's defeat in Sydney. But they didn't and they got the rewards for it.

"Last week wasn't really where it should be", Kuridrani said.

All teams in New Zealand's semi-professional and amateur provincial competitions would also observe a minute's silence before their games, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) said in a statement. It's all good but the gallant loser thing is not on. "We had to dig deep, but those are the games, those little moments and I guess we just got one right at the end there". "We know they [All Blacks] will be putting up another good performance and they will be disappointed with the second half of their game".

The victory meant the All Blacks claimed the Bledisloe Cup, contested between the two sides, for a 15th consecutive year and have a flawless 2-0 start to the Rugby Championship with home and away games against South Africa and Argentina still to come.

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A win for New Zealand would see them retain the Bledisloe Cup for a 15th consecutive year, and to avoid it, Australia need their first win across the Tasman since 2001.

Steve Hansen's side moved 54-6 ahead before the Wallabies finally rallied, but an All Blacks victory was never in doubt.

Australia were hammered 54-34 in Sydney last week, but provided a ideal response to their critics, racing out to a 17-0 lead that started with an 80m intercept try from Israel Folau inside the first 30 seconds.

It was a weird start to the Test with the kick-off delayed 10 minutes because of problems re-adjusting the lights after they were dimmed during a pre-match tribute to Meads. Picking up the ball behind a dominant scrum five metres out, Smith stepped inside Hooper to put the All Blacks back in the game.

A topsy-turvy half continued when Ben Smith touched down on the overlap eight minutes from time only for Australia to respond shortly afterwards when a bloodied Kurtley Beale burst through a gap to score under the posts.

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