Rugby Championship: New Zealand edge to 35-29 win over Australia

Hope Soto
August 28, 2017

He comes into a side brimming with confidence after a sensational opening 40 minutes last weekend in Sydney, the world champions running in an astonishing six tries.

Just like last week, the All Blacks were on the charge - then to the delight of Wallabies' fans things quickly changed.

A win for New Zealand would see them retain the Bledisloe Cup for a 15th consecutive year, and to avoid it, Australia need their first win across the Tasman since 2001.

Departing fullback Ben Smith immediately scored to give the All Blacks a 28-22 lead in what seemed likely to be the last act of the match.

The All Blacks coach commended skipper Kieran Read's work in the lead-up to Beauden Barrett's victor. "Anyone who paid money to watch it should have loved it".

"People won't believe anything that I'll probably say now but there is a lot of belief in our group at the moment", Beale told reporters. "Two great nations fighting for it". "We had to dig deep".

Lock Sam Whitelock has already said he would donate his number five jersey from the match that doubles as a Bledisloe Cup game to the Meads family and Read said the team had thought of what else they could do to honour his legacy.

There was that brilliant strip on Williams close to the try line in the second half, but don't forget the thumping tackle on Williams minutes earlier.

They more than patched the holes in their defence. "There's a few guys who haven't, so they're pretty hungry".

The first half was a roller coaster for Australian Rugby supporters!

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Wallabies Captain, Michael Hooper said: "It's gutting".

"We've got to let our game do the talking tomorrow, that's it".

In a good omen for the local game, New Zealand now holds the Rugby World Cup title in both the men's and women's games, as well as at under-20 level. Is that more luck or the added pressure from the Wallabies?

Australia: I Folau; D Haylett-Petty, T Kuridrani, K Beale, H Speight; B Foley, W Genia; S McMahon, M Hooper (c), N Hanigan; R Arnold, R Simmons; A Alaalatoa, S Moore, S Sio.

The relentless nature of the Wallabies defence was also able to unsettle the All Blacks to the point where they lost a little faith in their own skill execution.

Barrett scored from a simple short side movement from a scrum in the 60th, giving the All Blacks a narrow lead and setting in motion the thrilling finale.

Australia would have been 24-7 up after half an hour had Foley not missed two conversion attempts and a penalty.

"It's been through our minds, we've got to expect it".

Beauden Barrett crashes over for the first of his two tries.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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