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New Zealand Vs. Australia
2016 Bledisloe Cup (Auckland), 23 October, 2016
|New Zealand 37 defeated Australia 10|
|Referee: N Owens|
|Touch judges: C Joubert & M van der Westhuizen|
The All Blacks have added another record to their collection, putting together an eighteenth-straight win, against the Wallabies at Eden Park.
All Blacks 37
This early Saturday evening game sees New Zealand hosting Australia in the third Bledisloe Cup Test for 2016. Join The Roar from 5:35pm (AEDT) for all the live action from Eden Park in Auckland.
The All Blacks have already secured the Bledisloe Cup for another season having defeated the Wallabies in the previous two clashes this season, however interest certainly remains high for this encounter between the two trans-Tasman rivals.
Australia themselves have the opportunity to knock over the hoodoo after 30 years since their last victory at this famous Rugby ground, and become the first international team to win at Eden Park since 1994 while the All Blacks are on the verge of creating history, potentially becoming the first Tier 1 nation to record an 18-match unbeaten streak – so there is certainly plenty to play for this evening.
The All Blacks have made three changes to their 23 from the side which took the field in Durban a fortnight ago with Julian Savea replacing Waisake Naholo on the left wing for the run on side while Aaron Cruden and Malakai Fekitoa replace Lima Sopoaga and George Moala respectively on the reserve bench.
At the time of writing this preview, Wallaby Coach Michael Cheika had yet to release the Australian 23 for this encounter, citing decisions around his second row makeup a reason to leave the naming until the last possible minute. Speculation around certain positions swirl, such as Reece Hodge to second five and the starting first five, Bernard Foley or Quade Cooper? Fans of both sides will be eager to see the finalised line-up.
Such a delay is unlikely to phase the All Blacks who have been quoted on many occasions as worrying about their own performance and interest will certainly lie in what the Wallabies will bring to the encounter against a New Zealand team in terrific form so far in 2016.
What is clear is the Wallabies need to attack. Expecting your defence to win a match against this vintage of All Blacks is simply not viable so the Wallabies will need to tick the scoreboard over, preferably in lots of five and seven if they expect to rack up a famous victory.
Tip – All Blacks by 15. Based on form this season, there is little to suggest the Wallabies can produce an upset.
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