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All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe Cup Game 2 match result, highlights

17th August, 2019
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Australia

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New Zealand

36

Match Complete

Australia

0

G. Bridge76
B. Barrett68
S. Reece66
R. Mo'unga45
S. B. Williams45
R. Mo'unga33
A. Smith31
R. Mo'unga30
R. Mo'unga28
R. Mo'unga3

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Match result:

The All Blacks have comfortably beaten the Wallabies 36-0 and retained the Bledisloe Cup in a performance that will have pleased Steve Hansen and concerned Michael Chieka.

» Read the full match report

Final score
All Blacks 36
Wallabies 0

Match preview:

The All Blacks will hope Eden Park remains their fortress when they welcome the Wallabies in the second and deciding Bledisloe Cup match this weekend. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of what promises to be a thrilling match starting from 5:35pm AEST on Saturday.

The Rugby Championship trophy might already be in the hands of the Springboks but for many Kiwis and Australians, the Bledisloe is not just more important than the Championship, but perhaps even more important than the World Cup. This match really matters.

Michael Cheika and his selection panel team have resisted the urge to tinker and have made just one change to their starting line up, and that’s because of injury.

Adam Coleman will start and replaces Rory Arnold while the rest of the starters remain the same including Nic White who has made a very strong case over the past three games for him being the starting scrum-half for the World Cup.

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On the bench the Wallabies have some incredible experience with over 470 caps – pretty impressive considering one of the subs is Liam Wright who is yet to play a game of the Australians.

Whether this large number of caps brings wisdom and experience or over the hill players who are off the pace remains to be seen but Cheika will be hoping for another strong performance from Will Genia who came off the bench last week and helped the team close out their memorable win.

For the All Blacks there are some changes and with those changes come rumours of mild panic and potential careers ending.

Owen Franks, Ben Smith, Rieko Ioane have all been left out of the matchday squad and Steve Hansen has said that he needs to see them playing better. Ioane is still young but Franks and Smith are both a bit longer in the tooth.

Nepo Laulala, George Bridge and Sevu Reece come in to replace these three and Sonny Bill Williams replaces injured Jack Goodhue and Patrick Tuipulotu is in for Scott Barrett who is unavailable for selection thanks to his red card last week.

Obviously it’s an exaggeration to say the All Blacks are panicking but it is fair to say that all is not normal. In the Rugby Championship they only picked up one win and they have struggled to find rhythm in any of their games.

It is possible that they could lose their number one world ranking this week and actually end up as low as sixth position!

Several results would have to play out to make that happen – but when was the last time the All Blacks’ top spot was genuinely under threat?

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Prediction
The performance of last week will give the Wallabies a lot of confidence and they will try and forget that the last time a Wallabies side won at Eden Park, Richie McCaw was making his debut.

This is a genuine chance for the Wallabies but they will have to have the perfect game. On the flip side the All Blacks are going to be out for revenge and it’s hard to see them not getting it.

All Blacks by 7.

Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of what promises to be a thrilling match starting from 5:35pm AEST on Saturday.

Where: Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Date: Saturday 17 Aug 2019
Kick-off: 5:35pm AEST
TV: Fox Sports
Betting: New Zealand $1.18, Australia $5.00

New Zealand
15 Beauden Barrett
14 Sevu Reece
13 Anton Lienert-Brown
12 Sonny Bill Williams
11 George Bridge
10 Richie Mo’unga
9 Aaron Smith
8 Kieran Read (c)
7 Sam Cane
6 Ardie Savea
5 Sam Whitelock
4 Patrick Tuipulotu
3 Nepo Laulala
2 Dane Coles
1 Joe Moody

Replacements
16 Codie Taylor
17 Ofa Tuungafasi
18 Angus Ta’avao
19 Jackson Hemopo
20 Matt Todd
21 TJ Perenara
22 Ngani Laumape
23 Jordie Barrett

Australia
15 Kurtley Beale
14 Marika Koroibete
13 James O’Connor
12 Samu Kerevi
11 Reece Hodge
10 Christian Lealiifano
9 Nic White
8 Isi Naisarani
7 Michael Hooper (c)
6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto
5 Adam Coleman
4 Izack Rodda
3 Allan Alaalatoa
2 Tolu Latu
1 Scott Sio

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Replacements
16 Folau Fainga’a
17 James Slipper
18 Taniela Tupou
19 Rob Simmons
20 Liam Wright
21 Will Genia
22 Matt Toomua
23 Adam Ashley-Cooper.

Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Referee: Matthew Carley, Shuhei Kubo
TMO: Marius Jonker

Recent Form (last 5 games)
New Zealand – LWWDL
Australia – WLLWW

All time
Played 165
New Zealand won 114
Australia won 44
Drawn 7

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