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All Blacks ruthless finish returns in epic Bledisloe victory

27 August 2017, 01:45 | Kristopher Drake

GETTY IMAGES All Blacks loose forward Liam Squire on the charge against the Wallabies in Sydney

All Blacks loose forward Liam Squire on the charge against the Wallabies in Sydney

Attacking threat: Wallabies inside centre Kurtley Beale.

"They've given us a really strong plan around where we went wrong and how we went wrong in the game and when you look at it, we didn't do the things we prepared".

"People would be justified to think that".

A lighting problem at the indoor Forsyth Barr Stadium delayed the kick-off by 10 minutes. The All Blacks scored 13 tries in the two Tests to the Wallabies nine and the Bledisloe Cup is safe in New Zealand for another year.

The test starts at 7.35pm.

The Wallabies were forced to pull lock Adam Coleman out of its side yesterday due to an injured shoulder.

Rugby in Australia is in disarray both on field and off and Read was wary of the potential for Michael Cheika's men to try to throw the hosts off their game with some niggle. "We will certainly celebrate".

"Huge blow, literally just found out this morning", Hooper said.

"Any of that stuff does not excuse in any way us not finishing that game off". They kept the ball tight, Australian captain Michael Hooper was penalised and the 80 minutes of high intensity was ended with a tap and kick into touch.

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Coleman has forged a reputation as one of the Wallabies' most aggressive forwards in the past 12 months, so when the 204cm second-rower trudged up the tunnel before Friday's captain's run had finished, it was devastating for the visitors.

But it paves the way for a first crack at global rugby for Rodda, the 21-year-old who only made his Super Rugby debut for the Queensland Reds in the opening round of this season.

The All Blacks next play in a fortnight, hosting Argentina in their third Rugby Championship Test.

"It's like my first Test all over again", said Coles. Sometimes when the opportunity comes you have to take it with both hands, so he's got to take it on Saturday.

Yet the All Blacks slowly clawed their way back against a ferocious Australian defence, pushing in front through Barrett with 20 minutes remaining before a see-sawing final quarter was decided by the star No.10 with two minutes on the clock.

Australia turned a 54-34 drubbing in Sydney into a 35-29 effort just a week later, when asked if it was a turning point for the Wallabies, Hansen said he didn't feel they needed a watershed moment.

It was a freaky start to the Test with the kick-off delayed 10 minutes because of problems re-adjusting the lights after they were dimmed during a pre-match tribute to Meads.

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

"And two, because it's very important for us to go over to Perth and play a big match with everything that's been going on".

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