Mehrtens tips Wallabies to topple All Blacks

Former All Black Andrew Mehrtens has tipped Australia to break their Eden Park jinx and beat the All Blacks this weekend in their Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup clash.

The All Blacks have confirmed that Ma’a Nonu and Jerome Kaino are likely to miss Saturday’s return clash as they were injured in the 12 all draw last weekend.

The Wallabies brought an end to the All Blacks winning streak and prevented them from notching a world-record 18th consecutive Test victory.

Australia have not won at Eden Park since 1986 but Mehrtens says that the Wallabies have shown signs that they can break their Auckland jinx.

“Despite a lot of talk about the All Black response at Eden Park, I see the Wallabies as an even bigger threat this week as they eye a great chance to snap a second win streak in as many weeks,” he told Fairfax Media.

Mehrtens worked with the Waratahs who won the Super Rugby title this year and he says Australians have rediscovered how to be gritty and tough.

“That they were so disappointed about the draw is also a good sign,” he said.

“That shows they’re not willing to settle. They want that All Black scalp.”

A win in Auckland would keep the Wallabies chances of a Bledisloe Cup series win since 2002 alive and this week the All Blacks are expected to field a weakened team.

Nonu and Kaino both missed training on Tuesday and assistant coach Ian Foster said that they appeared “highly unlikely” to play.

“We’ll know more tomorrow but the signs are looking that they won’t be playing on Saturday,” said Foster.

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