Second Bledisloe Cup Test at a glance


A GUIDE TO THE BLEDISLOE CUP BETWEEN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND:-

WHEN: Sunday, 2pm AEDT

WHERE: Eden Park, Auckland

HEAD-TO-HEAD

* Overall: Played 191, All Blacks 133 wins, Wallabies 50 wins, Draws 8.

* Last five meetings

2020: All Blacks 16 dr Wallabies 16 at Sky Stadium, Wellington

2019: All Blacks 36 bt Wallabies 0 at Eden Park, Auckland

2019: Wallabies 47 bt All Blacks 26 at Optus Stadium, Perth

2018: All Blacks 37 bt Wallabies 20 at Yokohama Stadium, Tokyo

2018: All Blacks 40 bt Wallabies 12 at Eden Park, Auckland

THE COACHES

* Dave Rennie joins Michael Cheika, Robbie Deans, Eddie Jones and Rod Macqueen as Australian coaches to not lose in their first Test against the All Blacks. Only Macqueen and Jones went undefeated in the second.

* Already an unpopular choice as New Zealand coach, Ian Foster is the first All Blacks coach since Laurie Mains in 1992 to not win his opening Test.

KEY WALLABIES

Ned Hanigan

The scruffy-haired Hanigan has won over Rennie with his training efforts. The lock-cum-flanker is hopefully part of the answer to the Wallabies dodgy lineout.

Nic White

The halfback is expecting the All Blacks to come hard for him after the damage he caused in the first Test with his sniping around the ruck and clever kicking game.

Brandon Paenga-Amosa

The other piece of the lineout puzzle, the Reds rake replaces Folau Fainga’a who paid the price for three lost lineouts in the first half in Wellington.

KEY ALL BLACKS

Beauden Barrett

Superstar fullback Barrett returns after an achilles injury looking to add to his tally of 11 tries against Australia, with nine in his past six Tests.

Richie Mo’unga

Mo’unga led the All Blacks in run metres (94) last week but also made the equal-most errors in the contest so expect a more polished performance in game II.

Scott Barrett

The versatile forward returns from a four-month injury lay-off which saw him miss the entire Super Rugby Aotearoa season. The last time he faced the Wallabies he earned a red card.

THE STATS

* While the Wallabies have not beaten the All Blacks at Eden Park in 34 years they did beat Wales there in the 2011 World Cup bronze final.

* Playing their eighth draw last week, the All Blacks have always won the next Test between these sides.

* The Wallabies have lost by an average margin of 25 points across their past eight Tests at Eden Park since 2011.

THE TIP

* All Blacks by 7 points.





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Wallabies coach Dave Rennie ruled out his team taking a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement Friday, insisting they were not interested in making political statements.

The prospect of a silent protest during the national anthem ahead of the third Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney on October 31 against New Zealand was raised this week by senior Australian player Dane Haylett-Petty.

But Rennie dismissed the idea, saying it would draw attention away from the team’s Indigenous-themed jerseys, a tribute to Australia’s Aboriginal community.

“No we won’t,” Rennie told a virtual news conference, when asked about taking a knee.

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Michael Hooper has always been ahead of the game in some way or another.

At just 19 years old and a fresh graduate from St. Pius X College in Chatswood, Hooper was thrown his Super Rugby debut for the ACT Brumbies.

Six years on, he’d become the youngest player to record 100 appearances having already skippered the Waratahs to their maiden title in 2014 in place of the injured Dave Dennis.

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The Wallabies were dudded by a missed call in the lead-up to the first try of the Bledisloe Cup – but there can be no complaints of biased refereeing, since it was Aussie linesman Angus Gardner who missed the shout!

The All Blacks soaked up plenty of pressure in the opening minutes before hitting back through fullback-turned-winger Jordie Barrett, who found space down the right wing to score in the corner.

But it should have been disallowed, since Kiwi Rieko Ioane had gone into touch in the lead-up to the try.

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Former Wallabies captain Nick Farr-Jones has urged Australia to not take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement because the team would risk losing viewers.

The Wallabies are considering kneeling before the third match of the Bledisloe Cup, which will see the team also wear its new Indigenous-designed First Nations jersey.

“It’s great that sport has an amazing opportunity to have a say and join conversations, a lot of sports have done that and it would be a great thing for us to do,” Dane Haylett-Petty said on Wednesday about the Wallabies supporting BLM.

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It’s been their Achilles heel in recent years and early signs suggested the Wallabies lineout woes are still a major area of improvement for Dave Rennie to work on.

The Wallabies were not helped by the fact that Rory Arnold picked up a forearm injury which forced a re-think.

Arnold was at the top of Rennie’s hit list as a lineout caller.

A poor throw from Folau Fainga’a into the Australians’ second lineout saw the Wallabies turn the ball over and the All Blacks were quick to make them pay.

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Bledisloe Cup 2020: Rieko Ioane try mistake video, All Blacks star accused of showboating


The Wallabies received a massive break when Rieko Ioane bombed what looked a certain try on the stroke of halftime against the All Blacks.

Ioane seemed certain to finish a runaway New Zealand counter attack and give the hosts a chance at a 15-3 halftime lead in Sunday’s enthralling Bledisloe Cup battle in Wellington.

The try was awarded but the TMO was called to check the grounding and replays showed the inside centre looked to lose control of it while attempting a spectacular one-handed put-down.

It meant the Wallabies went into halftime trailing by just five points, with Ioane copping fierce criticism on social media as he was accused of trying to look “cool” rather than playing safety first.

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Still silver linings for Wallabies in Bledisloe Cup defeat to All Blacks at Eden Park


But look on the bright side! And there really is one.

For starters, look at where Australian rugby was three months ago: no money, no broadcaster, no administration, no hope.

And yet here they were on the field against the All Blacks, not only competing but, in the first Test at least, playing the game of their lives and providing the most thrilling eight minutes of rugby anyone can remember.

For the first time in months, people were actually talking about the game, nay revelling in it. For so many of us, that first Bledisloe Cup game provided the crucial reminder we needed of just how magic the game can be.

And if that second game didn’t provide the breakthrough win we wanted, the key facts remain: the Wallabies were seriously competitive against the best team in the world; demonstrated that there is some outstanding talent coming through the ranks; and made it clear that new coach Dave Rennie has had a wonderfully positive impact.

The fact the Wallabies were only 10-7 down at half-time in the second Test means – get this – only three points separated the blokes from the Blicks across 120 minutes in the cauldron. The fact the Blicks blew us away in the next 40 minutes to notch up a score of 27-7 is problematic, but we’ll get to that in due course.

For the first time in living memory, in that second Test, the Wallabies actually had a scrum that worked! And a lineout!

For, friends, there was more good news still!

For the first time in living memory, in that second Test, the Wallabies actually had a scrum that worked! And a lineout!

Time and again – and quite in contrast to the first Test – we saw the Wallabies halfback put the ball into the scrum and, instead of collapsing or reversing, it stayed rock solid. Sure enough, out came the ball at the back.

Ditto the lineout. The Wallabies hooker threw it in, and we nearly always got it back. Neither of those key building blocks of a successful team have been in place for at least three yonks, and it means there is an infrastructure to build this team’s future on.

Which leaves us with what exactly?

The bad side.

That is easy to determine, if not explain.

The bad side was a staggering 20 turnovers by the Wallabies and a shocking 43 missed tackles. In terms of ball-in-play time, it meant that roughly every 40 seconds we dropped the ball or allowed them through. With that in mind, it’s amazing the Wallabies got as close as they did.

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How to fix the turnovers and missed tackles?

I have no clue. But I bet Rennie does. For, by and large, holding the ball and keeping a solid defensive line is a much harder thing to achieve than the aforementioned working scrums and lineouts, things we have been without for years.

We will get there.

I don’t say that the Wallabies are in the sunlit uplands. But they have come through the dark night, and that was the dawn of a new era before our eyes.

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The Wallabies have announced they will wear their First Nations jersey twice during the 2020 Tri Nations series.

Australia will wear the First Nations jersey in Sydney for Tests against New Zealand on October 31, and against Argentina on December 5.

The jersey, designed by Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay artist Dennis Golding, represents Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities coming together, RA said.

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It was historically great. And it could have been even greater.

One of the most remarkable Bledisloe Cup encounters in history finished 16-16 after 87 minutes, with the Wallabies and All Blacks both wasting chances after the siren to win it.

Still, Dave Rennie’s new-look side even getting this close to beating New Zealand across the ditch for the first time in 19 years was remarkable.

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