Wallabies win! Australia beat the All Blacks 23-18 in Bledisloe 3

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    The Wallabies have ended the home season with an incredible win over the All Blacks, holding on in an absolute thriller to take a five-point victory in Brisbane.

    With the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup both already in the hands of New Zealand, both sides put on one of the best games of the year.

    The Wallabies ran in three tries to two but it was the boot of Lima Sopoaga that kept the visitors in the game, as well as the lack of from his opposite number Bernard Foley who struggled off the tee.

    In wet conditions, the game was surprisingly fast-paced with high energy for the most part, but handling errors and quick turnovers hampered both sides throughout the 80 minutes.

    New Zealand were pulling off absolutely crunching hits left, right and centre with Foley and Genia getting absolutely destroyed by the All Blacks big men.

    Much like their thriller in Dunedin last month, the Wallabies opened the scoring in the first half with an intercept try, this time to Reece Hodge who picked off an errant pass inside his own half, flying 70 metres untouched to take the early lead.

    Waisake Naholo returned serve for the All Blacks just seven minutes later, crossing in the corner before a pair of Sopoaga penalties took the Kiwis out to a six-point lead heading into the break.

    It would turn to heartbreak though for New Zealand who caved to a superb passage of play from the Wallabies on the halftime siren to tighten the scoreboard.

    Running the kick return back from inside their own half, Australia were able to build on the ball retention they lacked earlier in the game to spread the All Blacks defence and open up the left wing for Israel Folau.

    Israel Folau Wallabies

    (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

    A wayward conversion from the sideline by Foley kept New Zealand in the lead at the break, albeit only by the one point.

    New Zealand took control coming out of the break but failed to execute on their opportunities as Australia ground their way back onto the front foot and into all the momentum.

    Marika Koroibete crashed over in the 57th minute to take the lead but again, Foley failed to pile on the pain off the boot and left Australia with just a four-point lead.

    It took Reece Hodge to line up a tough chance from 45 metres out and on the sideline to get the ball between the sticks and push that lead out to the converted try margin.

    In dramatic Bledisloe Cup fashion, New Zealand began to bring the pain, grinding down the Australian defence with the big boppas in the green and gold getting hammered inside their own half but holding on through desperation.

    There was only so much they could take though, finally breaking through to let Rieko Ioane over in the left corner.

    With the chance to equalise late in the game, Damian McKenzie hooked his conversion from the sideline to leave the Wallabies ahead in the dying stages.

    Cue some of the most dramatic and intense rugby you could think of in the final seven minutes.

    Australia holding on inside their own half against the All Blacks who were throwing it around all over the shop trying to steal another one late.

    Hodge kicked one final incredible penalty goal from inside his own halk, slotting it through the middle from 56 metres out to take a final five-point lead.

    Despite a late penatly for the All Blacks, the Wallabies were able to defend one final barrage inside their own 22 after the fulltime siren, finally forcing the knock on and taking the win.

    This is just the second win for the Wallabies against New Zealand in their last 19 games against each other and will give Australia plenty of momentum heading into the Spring Tour.

    There have been upsets aplenty in the World Cup so far, so be sure to check out our expert tips and predictions for South Korea vs Sweden, Belgium vs Panama and England vs Tunisia and get the good oil on who to tip tonight.

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    • October 21st 2017 @ 10:01pm
      moaman said | October 21st 2017 @ 10:01pm | ! Report

      Epic game–great win Wallabies.Congrats guys.

      • October 21st 2017 @ 10:23pm
        mania said | October 21st 2017 @ 10:23pm | ! Report

        Congrats WBs. Epic game

        • October 21st 2017 @ 11:14pm
          Ken Catchpole's Other Leg said | October 21st 2017 @ 11:14pm | ! Report

          Thanks Moa and Mania.
          Great game.

          • October 22nd 2017 @ 9:09am
            mania said | October 22nd 2017 @ 9:09am | ! Report

            WBs showed heart and smarts. Aus always dangerous and this is how rugby should be. Edge of seat stuff

        • October 22nd 2017 @ 2:04am
          Brian George said | October 22nd 2017 @ 2:04am | ! Report

          Why attach your congratulations, delivered a full hour after many other comments,to the first comment on this article mania?

          Is being seen”early “on the roar’s comments list a personal achievement for you?
          Given, that is, that you certainly aren’t responding to the first comment…

          • Roar Guru

            October 22nd 2017 @ 2:46am
            Corne Van Vuuren said | October 22nd 2017 @ 2:46am | ! Report

            And that bothers you why?

          • October 22nd 2017 @ 5:45am
            Taylorman said | October 22nd 2017 @ 5:45am | ! Report

            Perhaps its because you dont have to scroll far to say well done…durrr…

          • October 22nd 2017 @ 7:23am
            soapit said | October 22nd 2017 @ 7:23am | ! Report

            brian im sure if you look around you can find something half worthy to direct your crankiness at

          • October 22nd 2017 @ 7:56am
            mania said | October 22nd 2017 @ 7:56am | ! Report

            Gosh your very gracious aren’t you?
            Gift horse and mouth

          • October 22nd 2017 @ 9:14am
            Maddie said | October 22nd 2017 @ 9:14am | ! Report

            What a complete tosser you are Brian George.

      • October 21st 2017 @ 10:27pm
        Sage said | October 21st 2017 @ 10:27pm | ! Report

        Cheers Moa. Respect all around

      • October 21st 2017 @ 10:37pm
        oc82 said | October 21st 2017 @ 10:37pm | ! Report

        well I enjoyed that !

        prepared to move the ball – well played

        Cheers oc82

      • Roar Guru

        October 22nd 2017 @ 11:03am
        Charging Rhino said | October 22nd 2017 @ 11:03am | ! Report

        Nice one Moaman. I concur.
        Fantastic game and well done Wallabies. Truly deserved.
        ABs have won some very close ones this season, somehow they’ve just managed to scrape the win and almost did again yesterday. Incredibly disheartening when your teams the one who’s consistently on the losing end when they could’ve won. Well better than a blow out I suppose like Albany.
        So we’ll done Wallabies. Very stoked for them.

    • October 21st 2017 @ 10:05pm
      Fionn said | October 21st 2017 @ 10:05pm | ! Report

      Incredible sendoff for Moore.

      Congratulations, Wallabies and thank you for that wonderful team performance.

      • October 21st 2017 @ 10:43pm
        ethan said | October 21st 2017 @ 10:43pm | ! Report

        Steven Moore and the indigenous jersey. All the emotional cues went the right way.

    • October 21st 2017 @ 10:05pm
      Winston said | October 21st 2017 @ 10:05pm | ! Report

      Congrats Wallabies. Great game!!

    • October 21st 2017 @ 10:05pm
      Kiwilion said | October 21st 2017 @ 10:05pm | ! Report

      One of the best matches I have seen for a while, not the result I wanted. But well done Aust.

      • October 21st 2017 @ 10:29pm
        Rebellion said | October 21st 2017 @ 10:29pm | ! Report

        Eddie Jones won’t be a happy man tonight.
        The Southern Hemisphere is coming and Barrett will be back in Black

        • October 21st 2017 @ 11:39pm
          Ruaridh said | October 21st 2017 @ 11:39pm | ! Report

          “The Southern Hemisphere is coming” what does that even mean?? And why would EJ be unhappy?

          • October 21st 2017 @ 11:47pm
            Cynical Play said | October 21st 2017 @ 11:47pm | ! Report

            Who cares about BB? You’re s joke

            • October 22nd 2017 @ 12:05am
              Maddie said | October 22nd 2017 @ 12:05am | ! Report

              Are you alright Cynical?

              • October 22nd 2017 @ 1:28am
                Cynical Play said | October 22nd 2017 @ 1:28am | ! Report


            • October 22nd 2017 @ 1:41pm
              Jp said | October 22nd 2017 @ 1:41pm | ! Report

              Who cares about a dead rubber

      • October 21st 2017 @ 10:33pm
        Stin said | October 21st 2017 @ 10:33pm | ! Report

        Good on you Kiwilion!

      • October 21st 2017 @ 11:00pm
        ajg said | October 21st 2017 @ 11:00pm | ! Report


    • October 21st 2017 @ 10:06pm
      Debz said | October 21st 2017 @ 10:06pm | ! Report

      Well done to the Wallabies – good game and lovely to see the win with the Indigenous jersey and Beale having a blinder.

      • October 21st 2017 @ 10:11pm
        ray said | October 21st 2017 @ 10:11pm | ! Report

        Except for the number of dropped balls in the first half?

        • October 21st 2017 @ 11:01pm
          ajg said | October 21st 2017 @ 11:01pm | ! Report

          Mate the conditions were filthy and they were playing at a super high intensity and speed. brisbane has receieved its normal october rainfall in about 4 days! and the game was still a classic. a bit of niggle, hard tackles, and some amazing plays

        • October 21st 2017 @ 11:03pm
          PiratesRugby said | October 21st 2017 @ 11:03pm | ! Report

          The ice man froze.

          • October 22nd 2017 @ 12:11am
            Cynical Play said | October 22nd 2017 @ 12:11am | ! Report

            Never miss a chance to put the boot in. Except you’re bitter even when we win. Wanker

            • October 22nd 2017 @ 8:37am
              Train Without A Station said | October 22nd 2017 @ 8:37am | ! Report

              So we aren’t allowed to say Foley had a bad game if he did?

          • October 22nd 2017 @ 1:40am
            AJ said | October 22nd 2017 @ 1:40am | ! Report

            Agreed, Foley had a stinker.

      • Roar Guru

        October 22nd 2017 @ 2:47am
        Corne Van Vuuren said | October 22nd 2017 @ 2:47am | ! Report

        Thought the jersey’s looked great.

    • October 21st 2017 @ 10:07pm
      Playerfromwayback said | October 21st 2017 @ 10:07pm | ! Report

      Congratulations Wallabies!!! Great game.

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