Published: Mon, August 28, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Bledisloe heartbreak for gallant Wallabies

Bledisloe heartbreak for gallant Wallabies

Fast forward 12 months and the Wallabies are in almost the exact same position - and Read anticipates deja vu in Dunedin tomorrow. He made an instant impression on Hooper.

"Really, really proud of the boys", Hansen said. "But then in June, he was walking around in Reds gear and Cheik had him come in and do a bit of training with the guys".

LISMORE junior Izack Rodda will make his Wallabies debut on the bench in the Bledisloe Cup clash against the New Zealand All Blacks in Dunedin tomorrow night.

Hooper's side were pilloried after the All Blacks romped to a 54-6 advantage after 48 minutes, with the biggest criticism being a lack of physicality in the tackle.

But while he felt Australia deserved to win, he said they spurned their opportunities.

Smith, playing his last test of the season, scored the game's best try after the All Blacks had held the ball through 22 phases in the 70th minute. Other than bracketing Jack Dempsey with fellow loose forward Lopeti Timani on the bench pending yesterday's captain's run, Cheika has kept intact the side that was so badly outclassed by the world champions in the first half last week.

Tatafu Polota-Nau should have started the game and will surely wear the No 2 jersey against the Springboks in Perth in a fortnight, because the Springboks have been very good at scrum time. "We put everything into it and we wanted to get something out of it". The funeral for Meads who died recently aged 81 is scheduled for Monday.

"I'm really desperate for it", the number eight said. "We will certainly celebrate".

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Local media see the second Bledisloe Cup Test at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium as a foregone conclusion.

Read said he expected a backlash from the Wallabies.

Win this one and there's hope the Wallabies finally have a chance of winning back the trophy contested by these rivals from the early 1930s but lose the Test and it'll be a 15 th consecutive series defeat for them.

Kurtley Beale says Australia's narrow loss to the All Blacks "cuts the heart" but is a manifestation of a belief within the Wallabies set-up they can match it with any team in the world.

"We slightly took our foot off the throat and if we're not there mentally, they're a team that can do that to you".

"To be 17 points down and come back, you've got to have good composure and to lose the lead again ... a lot of sides would have chucked it in but they didn't and they got the reward for it".

They managed to score two more tries but so did the New Zealanders.

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