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Aussies stun All Blacks


The Aussies took a page from the Springboks Newlands test when they beat the All Blacks on Saturday 23-18.

With a brilliant defensive effort from the Aussies the All Blacks found it hard to get into their normal game and where limited to two tries in the test.

It is not often to see a team outscore the All Blacks with three tries to two and that laid the foundation for an important win for the Aussies.

They gave it their all in up front and challenge the All Blacks all the way in the set pieces. The All Blacks gave away plenty of penalties and cost them the game at the end.

Although a few top players not playing for the All Blacks, this was still a quality side and got beaten by an Aussie team who was better on the day.

The All Blacks missed tackles and their handling was not great. Passing and handling have always been the one thing that pulls wins out of nothing.

The Aussies played direct and made great play on attack which put the All Blacks on the backfoot.

They were in the faces of the All Blacks for the full 80 minutes.

It is the first time the Wallabies have beaten their rivals since 2015 when they won the Rugby Championship as well before the World Cup.

They got off to the perfect start when Reece Hodge intercepted a pass from stand-in All Black flyhalf Lima Sopoaga on six minutes.

The All Blacks hit back with a try of their own through Waisake Naholo in the right corner.

Sopoaga did well to convert from the touchline and the scores were locked at 7-7.

He kicked two penalties to make it 13-7 after 30 minutes, but it was the Wallabies who would have the final say of the first half when Kurtley Beale went crashing over in the left corner.

Foley couldn’t convert the try, but the Wallabies were right back in it, just 12-13 down at the break.

Foley then missed a relatively easy penalty to take the lead in the second half, but a brave call from captain Michael Hooper soon after that to turn down three points paid dividends.

The Wallabies instead set up the lineout, and from the resulting attack they performed a well-executed backline move before Marika Koroibete finished off down the left to give the hosts the lead.

The Wallabies had done enough to take a 17-13 lead into the final quarter.

The kicking duties then went to Hodge, who slotted a penalty to give the Wallabies a crucial 20-13 lead.

At that stage, an upset looked well and truly on the cards.

The All Blacks hit back with their second try through Rieko Ioane, but Damian McKenzie could not convert

The All Blacks tried in the final minutes but a knock on ended the game with a 23-18 win for the Aussies


Australia 23 (12)

Tries: Reece Hodge, Kurtley Beale, Marika Koroibete

Conversion: Bernard Foley

Penalties: Hodge (2)

New Zealand 18 (13)

Try: Waisake Naholo, Rieko Ioane

Conversion: Lima Sopoaga

Penalties: Sopoaga (2)