All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe Cup rugby live score updates
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The New Zealand All Black's Cory Jane (l) competes for the ball with Will Genia of Australian Wallabies during the Bledisloe Cup rugby union test match (AAP Image/Paul Miller)
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New Zealand Vs. Australia
2012 Rugby Championship, 26 August, 2012
|Eden Park, Kingsland, Auckland|
|New Zealand 22 defeated Australia 0|
|Referee: N Owens|
|Touch judges: ACP Rolland & L vd Merwe|
The All Blacks host the Wallabies at their fortress home of Eden Park – a ground that Australia has not defeated New Zealand at since 1986. Can an underdog Wallabies spring a surprise? Join us for live scores and updates from kick-off at 5:35pm this evening.
The big news around the game is that Quade Cooper has returned for the Wallabies, called in to add some brilliance to the backline, while stand-in skipper David Pocock is missing through injury.
Cooper has been restored to the five-eighth position for this second Bledisloe Test but will be up against it when trying to break the 26-year hoodoo.
Along with Pocock, the Wallabies are without incumbent skipper James Horwill, dynamic back James O’Connor, Sekope Kefu, Tatafu Polota Nau, Wycliff Palu, and inside centre Pat McCabe.
Further, out of form attacker Kurtley Beale has been punted to the bench after a disappointing match last week.
Yet, the All Blacks are taking the threat from a desperate Wallabies seriously.
New Zealand skipper, Richie McCaw, discussed the fright suffered by the All Blacks in the recent series against Ireland, and issued a warning to his own squad that there can be no complacency.
“We saw as close back as June, where we had a good win the first week and the second week was a totally different ball game,” he said on Friday.
“We have to make sure it’s not like that again.”
New Zealand cruised to a 42-10 result in the opening Test against the Irish tourists, but were given a fright seven days later before escaping with a 22-19 win.
Most are writing the Wallabies off, but as underdogs they may surprise if they can get some points on the ball early and give the All Blacks something to chase with some pressure.
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