Last-gasp Beauden Barrett try gives All Blacks win over Australia

Tomas Mccoy
August 27, 2017

"As Kiwis, we fundamentally like to think we play hard and fair and this is all part of it. we would like to think we are one of the best nations in the world at respecting the opposition", NZ Rugby general manager strategic relationships and planning Nigel Cass said.

Coles' inclusion is the only change to the starting XV that beat the Wallabies 54-34 in Sydney last time out.

The giant lock tried to force it down with three Wallabies defenders under him but the TMO ruled there wasn't clear evidence of the grounding and the score remained 17-14 to the Wallabies with 25 minutes to play.

Granted it will not be easy, but the Wallabies skipper must inspire if they are to claim their first win in New Zealand since 2001.

Two more quick tries to captain Michael Hooper and Bernard Foley had the Aussies ahead 17-0 inside the opening 20 minutes, a complete reversal of seven days ago.

The All Blacks regained the lead 28-22 in the 70th minute with a try to Ben Smith, who scored on the 22nd phase of a relentless attacking movement.

"Even last week, our last 30 minutes of the game was something to enjoy and put us back in perspective there".


"That's what the Bledisloe Cup is about", All Blacks captain Kieran Read said. In the countdown to the final whistle, Beale scored to put Australia back in front before Barrett scored the match victor for the All Blacks. (We want to) give people a smile on their face around the game.

"(Coleman) is one of their big, physical players but I don't think it would matter for them who is on the field", Read said.

"I just want to go out and perform and do some of the work Codie [Taylor] has done, and keep chipping away and hopefully earn another week in the jersey". "They could have easily won the match", he said.

The All Blacks will host the Wallabies at 7.35 tonight. If they can somehow upset New Zealand's rhythm they may be able to make a competition of this. From Folau's intercept through Hoopers easy run in, to the ball bouncing off Will Genia's $800000 knee the ball bounced the Australian's way.

Australia pushed out to a 17 -nil lead but that could have easily been 24-nil if Foley had been able to kick more than one from four.

"We lost momentum at different times in the game through some crucial calls (but) any of that stuff does not in any way excuse not finishing that game off with three minutes to go".

After Beale's try, the All Blacks seemed down and out but again found the capacity to rebound, instantly making the winning try for Barrett.

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