Cheika rules out wholesale changes to Wallabies line-up

Wallabies prop Scott Sio is anticipating a fierce blowback from the All Blacks scrum

The last week has had an eerily similar feel to the 1996 Bledisloe series, in which the All Blacks demolished the Wallabies 43-6 in the first test and only just scraped home 32-25 in the second after a try on the final whistle.

"We are learning, we are growing and that was a great growth step", the Wallabies captain, Michael Hooper, said. "We know they [All Blacks] will be putting up another good performance and they will be disappointed with the second half of their game".

"I think he would've said it was a pretty darn good game and he'd be pretty happy I'm sure that the All Blacks got on top". "(The last try) was a dagger in the heart".

"If Damian (McKenzie) had thrown that over the top of (Israel) Folau, Bender (Ben Smith) probably would've scored", he said.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika believed poor decision making by the Wallabies at the death cost them the game.

Australia were hammered 54-34 in Sydney last week, but provided a flawless response to their critics, racing out to a 17-0 lead that started with an 80m intercept try from Israel Folau inside the first 30 seconds.

Indeed if Bernard Foley had not had an extremely off day with the boot - striking the post a remarkable three times - Australia would have claimed a famous victory.

The men in black narrowly escaped further embarrassment though, as Henry Speight chased the loose ball down but couldn't reel it in as he went to score what would have been another opportunist try.


It called on fans not to boo during penalty and conversion attempts - similar to the atmosphere created at matches in Munster in the United Kingdom.

The second half began at a frantic pace and both sides scrambled well in defence before New Zealand thought they'd broken through when Brodie Retallick crashed over. The Wallabies scored three tries but every one of them involved some luck.

The Wallabies haven't won in New Zealand since 2001, but the last time they did was also in Dunedin - albeit at Carisbrook, a venue which no longer exists.

Hooper broke the defense from a lineout in the 11th minute and Genia, Australia's inspiration, made a try for Foley four minutes later.

The seesawing contest continued from there, and sustained pressure eventually told as Ben Smith found space on the outside and New Zealand pinched the lead back.

You will see few more extraordinary test matches.

Sonny Bill Williams of the All Blacks charges forward during The Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australia Wallabies at Forsyth Barr Stadium on August 26, 2017 in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Genia reclaimed the lead in the 66th with a try that put the Wallabies ahead 22-21.

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