Wallabies vs All Blacks highlights: Bledisloe Cup 3 live scores, blog

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    Australia vs New Zealand

    International, 21 October, 2017

    Suncorp Stadium
    Fulltime - Australia 23, New Zealand 18
    Australia   New Zealand
    23 FINAL SCORE 18
    3 TRIES 2
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Wayne Barnes
    Touch judges: Marius van der Westhuizen & Egon Seconds
    TMO: Marius Jonker

    Match result:

    The Wallabies have scored a win to be treasured over the All Blacks, defeating the New Zealanders by five points on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium.

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    Final score
    Wallabies 23
    All Blacks 18

    Match preview:

    The Wallabies are playing for pride and momentum leading into the Spring Tour as they look to knock over the All Blacks in Brisbane in the final Bledisloe Cup match of 2017. Catch all the live scores, highlights and action on The Roar from 8pm (AEST).

    New Zealand has already wrapped up the Championship and Bledisloe for yet another year but were given a massive scare from the Aussies in Dunedin.

    Despite being run all over in Sydney in Game 1, the Wallabies came out firing on the road.

    Jumping out of the blocks with two early tries, the Wallabies very nearly pulled off the biggest win in recent memory but dramatically gave up the lead in the dying moments of the game through a heartbreaking try to Beauden Barrett.

    The Championship has been one of the most entertaining while also frustrating for the Wallabies this year, with a pair of intense draws against the Springboks leaving the Aussies without key results.

    They weren’t able to be split with the South Africans in Perth or Bloemfontein, taking home 23 and 27-point draws respectively.

    They were able to end their campaign on a high note though, sliding past Argentina in Mendoza two weeks ago to take second spot in the Championship thanks to a single bonus point over the Boks.

    For the All Blacks, they took the title with six wins from as many games for the second year running.

    They very nearly fell short of the undefeated mark though, holding on to a one-point win over the Springboks in Cape Town 25-24.

    In terms of today’s opponent, the All Blacks dominance over the Wallabies is a broken record, having won every single one of the past 15 Bledisloe Cup’s dating back to 2002.

    On top of that, Australia have won just one of their last 18 games against their Trans-Tasman rivals.

    Team News
    Coach Michael Cheika has made just the one change from the side that beat the Pumas.

    It’s a forced change, with 21-year-old Izack Rodda injuring his shoulder earlier in the week and requiring surgery, ruling him out of the rest of this game and the entire Spring Tour as well.

    That has opened the door for Rob Simmons to slot into the back row and Ned Hanigan to take his bench spot for his ninth Test in the green and gold.

    For New Zealand, they’ve taken a big blow with flyhalf Beauden Barrett being ruled out with concussion symptoms.

    Highlanders main man Lima Sopoaga has been called in to replace Barrett, having picked up a dozen caps since making his international debut in 2015.

    Cheifs enforcer Brodie Retallick will again miss the game as he did against South Africa due to tragic family reasons as the All Blacks camp continues to rally around him.

    Luke Romano will also be absent for family reasons.

    The Wallabies were entirely different sides in the previous two Bledisloe clashes this year so it’s nearly impossible to predict what kind of side will turn up tonight.

    They’ve put in some huge performances across the Championship but have struggled to really put in that 80-minute performance and it’s hurt them and their results.

    Without Barrett, the All Blacks could be a little directionless, but this is a world-class side and Sopoaga is a seriously underrated player that has proven his place in the New Zealand side before.

    I would hope for Australia’s sake it’s a closer contest than their last home game in Sydney, but the All Blacks should be looking at another clean sweep of the Bledisloe with a win today.

    New Zealand to win by 11

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    • 10:22am
      Rugby Tragic said | 10:22am | ! Report

      Congratulations Wallaby fans, good win, particularly in the second half… a good result for trans-tasman rugby (damn!! 🙂 ) …

      Next up EOYT … good luck to all SH teams … go get ’em fellas!

    • 11:55pm
      double agent said | 11:55pm | ! Report

      It’s rare to see Hodge slot a ball between the sticks. They’re usually knocking a drone out of the sky. Or knocking a four cup beer tray out of the hand of some poor bugger sat behind the posts that can’t afford to see four draught beers destroyed by a wayward shot at goal. But today Hodge is The Man! If he never plays another game he can forever hold his head high and be guaranteed a shout from any Rugby supporter in Australia (maybe not QLD because they hate everyone from NSW)

      • 12:52am
        Gumboot said | 12:52am | ! Report

        Yepers, well done ockers (bastards). I can’t wait to read the herald tomorrow saying that you’re the best.
        Damn it.
        Seriously boys, well done…….Bondi wasn’t my cup of tea anyway

    • 11:46pm
      wardad1 said | 11:46pm | ! Report

      Congrats to the Aussies ,commiserations to our boys cant win em all eh ? Had a blast with my younger brother and my son ,good crowd good fun .

    • 10:31pm
      RahRah said | 10:31pm | ! Report

      Well done Wallabies

    • 10:31pm
      Suzy Poison said | 10:31pm | ! Report

      Well done the Wallaby. All Heart. Good job. Respect from the Saffas.

    • 10:28pm
      Boundary Rider said | 10:28pm | ! Report

      Reece hodge has exfoliated

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      Connor Bennett said | 10:25pm | ! Report

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