The stakes can not be higher for Australia and New Zealand as they go to Eden Park on Saturday for the deciding Bledisloe Cup match.

After the proper hiding the Aussies gave the All Blacks last week in Perth, there are more interest in the game than what people would have expected a week of so ago.

Hansen has made a few changes to his side for this test match with Nepo Laulala coming in for Owen Franks at tighthead prop, Ofa Tuungafasi coming in for Atu Moli on the bench, Patrick Tuipulotu will start at lock alongside Sam Whitelock, with Jackson Hemopo coming into the 19 jersey.

At the back Hansen has brought back Sonny Bill Williams at 12 and he will partner Anton Lienert-Brown in the midfield.
He also changed his back three with George Bridge and Sevu Reece coming in for Rieko Ioane and Ben Smith with Jordie Barrett covering from the bench.
The believe is Richie Mo’unga at ten and Barrett at fifteen seems to still be there as he kept the two play makers in the positions they played the last two test matches.
“We know that Australia will be determined and confident after their win in Perth which makes the challenge even more exciting.” Hansen told the media.

“It’s a sellout which is fantastic, and we hope our fans are in full voice – we’re always buoyed by the massive support we receive from our fans and we look forward to more of the same on Saturday night.”

Cheika decided to stick with the same side for this weekend test. He only had to make one forced change with Adam Coleman coming in for Rory Arnold who hurt his hand in Perth.

Liam Wright will potentially make his test debut form the bench with Simmons adding cover as well.
The Aussies were able to close the space well in Perth and will want to do so again this weekend. One can expect the All Blacks to have sorted out their handling issues on attack but we have said that last week as well.
What we do know is that the All Blacks will be hurting after the draw and loss the last couple of weeks and they will come out with some intend.
With the World Cup around the corner Hansen will need to sort out his best XV which looks far from settled at the moment.
Prediction: Tough one, if the Aussies come out and play the way they did last week, the All Blacks may be in trouble, but we have seen how good this All Black team is at home and we expect a 10 point win for them.


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 (captain), 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 Tu’ungafasi, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Jackson Hemopo, 20 Matt Todd, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Ngani Laumape, 23 Jordie Barrett

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

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

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