TRY! New Zealand 43-15 Australia (Taylor 61)
TRY! New Zealand 38-15 Australia (Reece 54)
PENALTY! New Zealand 31-15 Australia (McKenzie 53)
TRY! New Zealand 28-15 Australia (Taylor 48)
Yellow Card – Ardie Savea (42)
Half-time: New Zealand 21-15 Australia
TRY! New Zealand 21-15 (McDermott 40)
TRY! New Zealand 21-8 Australia (Savea 34)
PENALTY! New Zealand 14-8 Australia (Lolesio 31)
TRY! New Zealand 14-5 Australia (Retallick 24)
TRY! New Zealand 7-5 Australia (Kellaway 8)
TRY! New Zealand 7-0 Australia (Ioane 4)
All Blacks XV
Hello everybody and welcome to live coverage of the All Blacks v the Wallabies from Eden Park. The second match in the Bledisloe Cup series, and opening fixture of this year’s Rugby Championship, kicks-off at 7.05pm local time (5.05pm AEST).
Last week New Zealand continued their dominance over Australia at fortress Eden Park with a topsy-turvy 33-25 victory, but both sides will expect to improve on below-par performances. The Wallabies piled on points towards the end of the contest, and we shall soon find out if that late rally will be looked back on as scoreboard padding or the beginning of something more meaningful.
The Wallabies will be bolstered by the recall of star winger Marika Koroibete with the 2019 John Eales Medallist available for selection after sitting out Bledisloe I following a late-night drinking session with teammates Isi Naisarani and Pone Fa’amausili.
A win tonight would give the All Blacks the Bledisloe Cup for a 19th straight season. It would also extend their supremacy over the Wallabies at Eden Park, an unbeaten stretch dating back to 1986. “Eden Park is a place that most teams fear but we’re excited to get another crack after last weekend’s disappointment,” Australia coach Dave Rennie said during the week. No touring Australians have beaten New Zealand anywhere on their side of the ditch since 2001.
Wallaby winger Andrew Kellaway is adamant his side will be better second time around on the most feared ground in rugby. “You roll out to one of those places like Eden Park – it’s mercurial in its atmosphere and such a tough place to play even at Super Rugby level.,” Kellaway said. “We get to do it two weeks in a row. We probably put out an unpolished performance on the weekend and you can almost look at it like a dress rehearsal. Now we’re ready to roll.”
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