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In his 49 Tests at the helm of the Wallabies, Cheika has claimed victory just 25 times. In an incredible back-and-forth Test match, a mixture of stunning Springboks play and uncharacteristic errors from the hosts earned South Africa a first ever win at Westpac Stadium. All Blacks turned down three shots at goal in final 15 minutes against Boks. And after a bright start with Argentina, winning and losing a game apiece against South Africa, Hansen has already identified ways in which Ledesma's experience has helped him to improve the Pumas. Laumape throws a long pass wide and Rettalick sends his first-five away in the corner. 2018 Steinlager Series v France


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Victory over the Wallabies at Eden Park — where Australia have not won since — would give New Zealand an unassailable lead following their triumph in Sydney last weekend. Read's men are strong favourites to secure the cup for another year and win the Rugby Championship once again, but the vastly experienced number eight knows they cannot allow complacency to creep in. Michael Cheika has rubbished Steve Hansen's claim that Australia showed a lack of respect by snubbing the presentation of Sam Whitelock's th cap after New Zealand's victory in Sydney.

Whitelock marked his landmark appearance with an outstanding display in the All Blacks' drubbing of the Wallabies at ANZ Stadium last weekend. New Zealand head coach Hansen said all his players would have stayed out on the field to acknowledge such an achievement, rather than just the few Australians who went over to congratulate the lock. Yet Cheika hit back by stating: Despite calls for Michael Cheika's axing, former Wallabies hooker Jeremy Paul has gone into bat for the under pressure coach and has instead shifted the blame onto the players.

After Australia's disappointing game one loss at the hands of the All Blacks, annoyed fans voiced their frustrations and cited Cheika's poor record. In his 49 Tests at the helm of the Wallabies, Cheika has claimed victory just 25 times. That's a winning percentage of just over In the test matches against New Zealand with Cheika at the helm, the Wallabies have come away with the chocolates just twice - in game three of the Bledisloe Cup in and in game one of the series.

Michael Cheika remains the right man to lead Australia despite increasing pressure on his position, says Tatafu Polota-Nau. Criticism of Cheika's tenure increased after going down to New Zealand in the Rugby Championship last weekend — it was the Wallabies' fifth defeat in their last six Tests, which includes a home series loss to Ireland. Since finishing second at the Rugby World Cup, the Australia coach was overseen just 14 victories in 33 matches.

Polota-Nau accepted the players must share the responsibility with Cheika and threw his weight behind his former Waratahs boss. Aaron Smith wants New Zealand to improve upon their set-piece display in the Rugby Championship victory over Australia. Steve Hansen's side ran riot in the second period, though, as Jack Goodhue, Beauden Barrett and Brodie Retallick all crossed before a quickfire double from Waisake Naholo completed a triumph.

Despite a fine counter-attacking performance from the All Blacks, Smith is keen to see the forward pack exert their influence at scums and line-outs when they take on the Wallabies at Eden Park on Saturday.

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau has been ruled out of the second Bledisloe Cup match with an ankle injury. Folau hobbled off the field midway through the second half of Australia's defeat to the All Blacks at ANZ Staduim on Saturday night and was later spotted using crutches. The year-old picked up the injury while attempting to catch a Bernard Foley bomb deep inside Wallabies territory.

The world champions trailed just before half-time, but Aaron Smith rounded off a slick move to reduce the deficit to a point at the break and the All Blacks turned on the style in the second period to win the Rugby Championship opener Australia's lack of composure proved costly in the second half of their Bledisloe Cup defeat to New Zealand, according to coach Michael Cheika and captain Michael Hooper.

The Wallabies held a narrow lead at the break as they largely kept the All Blacks at bay in the opening 40 minutes, but Steve Hansen's men accelerated out of sight following the restart, romping to a win. And having shown that they could compete with the world's best, Australia's failure to maintain their level of performance, playing with the same attitude and mentality, was of frustration for Cheika and Hooper.

John Howard Prime Minister. Wallabies win the Bledisloe Cup. What's 16 years between friends? Michael Hooper is desperate to get out on the pitch and take on New Zealand but knows controlled aggression will be key for Australia. The Wallabies' Rugby Championship campaign begins with Saturday's Bledisloe Cup clash in Sydney, with the home side looking to build on last year's win against the All Blacks in Brisbane. Yet while Hooper is raring to go, he is aware that a lack of shape and discipline could cost Australia.

I feel really ready and can't wait for Saturday's match. Captain Kieran Read insists New Zealand's experience and quality will only tell against Australia if they are guarded against complacency. But the skipper has noted the Wallabies' progress and acknowledges New Zealand will not have it all their own way at ANZ Stadium, encouraging his team-mates to be wary of Australia's threat.

Jack Maddocks, a Sydney University cricket star, has been named on the Wallabies bench and is potentially going to make his Australian debut in the toughest rugby test possible. Reece Hodge has also been named as outside centre after injuries struck down regular starters Samu Kerevi and Tevita Kuridrani. Hodge has played 27 Tests for his country but has never donned the number 13 jersey and is sure to be targeted by the All Blacks' ominous attack.

Read about it here. Australia last hoisted the Bledisloe Cup back in , and have only won one out of their past five Tests, so confidence in the squad may confuse pundits.

But, the experiences gained from those disappointments , especially during the recent Irish series, has only added to the Wallabies' arsenal according to veteran Bernard Foley. Star fullback Israel Folau has achieved a great many things in his professional career but has never won the Bledisloe Cup. This year's series provides a real opportunity for both Folau to get something off his bucket list and for the team to give something back to an adoring public.

Everyone is sick of their smugness, Joe Moody elbowing people in the head video at bottom of page their dirtiness of tactics, the French series had a couple of red cards, people are genuinely ready for them to lose," Tom Carter said on Skipi TV. Mo'unga had an unbelievable series for the Crusaders, leading his side to the Super Rugby title, but it looks as if New Zealand will go with the reigning World Rugby Player of the Year.

That will be the Wallabies' blueprint. There was speculation that Folau may find himself playing outside Kurtley Beale in the number 13, but the high-flyer disputed that on Tuesday. Pocock missed last year's tournament as he took a sabbatical from rugby but returned to international action in June against Ireland.

It just creates an awareness - we're on more of a high alert than normal around the breakdown. Kurtley Beale has backed Reece Hodge to start at outside centre for Australia on Saturday as the Wallabies look to record back-to-back wins over New Zealand.

Hodge has emerged as the frontrunner for the number 13 shirt after Michael Cheika left Curtis Rona out of his squad for the Rugby Championship opener in Sydney. The year-old is not the only option in midfield, though, with Israel Folau also a possibility, but Beale believes Hodge — who scored the winning penalty against the All Blacks in October — should get the nod. The Wallabies skipper has been cleared to take place in the opening Bledisloe cup fixture after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Scott Sio shoulder and Dane Hayley-Petty knee have also been declared fit enough to be available for selection.

Michael Hooper is hopeful of being declared fit to face New Zealand in the first match of the Bledisloe Cup as Australia's captain continues his recovery from a torn hamstring. Australia wins a lineout against the throw, but knock on during the counter-attack. The surface is a little bit greasy. Retallick then steals the lineout; great start by the lock.

They are also struggling to get over the advantage line, but they are slowly making metres. Beauden Barrett loses the ball forward and the Aussies launch a counter-attack from their Ben Smith wins the high-ball and starts an attack from deep.

Naholo is tackled, the ball recycled before Beauden Barrett — who else? Australia on the attack. Foley kills the attack by going offsides. Beauden Barrett almosts sneaks through a small gap after combining with Jack Goodhue. He has been quality. A good attack breaks down after another Australian player tackles an opposition player without the ball. The ref explains to Michael Hooper that it is the second time.

Codie Taylor gets away with an accidental offside, but instead of a straightforward penalty in front of the poles, the All Blacks get a centre-field scrum. They botch a seven on two before going nine phases with pick and drives. They do eventually win a penalty. Instead, he opts for a scrum under the poles. The scrum is reset before Joe Moody is pinged for collapsing. We will scrum again. Pressure on the All Blacks pack. The scrum goes down, again. Hooper asks Barnes for more than a penalty, but the ref folds.

Beale went to the right, then left behind the scrum, dragging Aaron Smith wide before Will Genia slips through a gap and dots down for his 15th Test try. Australia has down well to be level. The home team are still making too many handling errors and are not as clinical in the red zone, as usual. A bit of a kicking battle ensues during another long period of play that has changed hands multiple times. Pocock wins a penalty at the breakdown. The All Blacks see pass and catch as a lower risk way to win than dropping a goal to win.

So the All Blacks are beatable after all. A brilliant game and turnaround from the Boks. Te Aute College E grade rugby team win competition after parent's passionate submission. SA Skipper is yet to taste victory against the All Blacks in four previous attempts. Hamsterman from amsterdam pg.