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New Zealand vs Australia Bledisloe Cup Preview


Israel Dagg celebrates a try with his All Black team mates

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Article Published: Thursday 17 October 2013


Australia's Wallabies will be playing for pride on Saturday when they face New Zealand as the Bledisloe Cup has already been won by the All Blacks.

New Zealand have been the Bledisloe Cup holders since 2003 making it a ten year run for the All Blacks. Prior to this Australia held the trophy for five years.

The All Blacks and Wallabies have already met twice this year and both matches (29-47 and 27-16) were won by the All Blacks.

Out of the last six Test matches between the All Blacks and the Wallabies the All Blacks have won five and drawn one. The last Wallaby victory was in 2011 when Australia won the last ever TriNations title.

Overall the All Blacks have played the Wallabies 148 times and they have won 101 matches and lost 41 matches. There have been six draws between the teams so the All Blacks have won 68% of their matches against the Wallabies.

On average when New Zealand play Australia across all venues the score is New Zealand 20 Australia 14

Australia will start the Bledisloe Cup test this weekend hoping to end a 15 match losing to streak to New Zealand in New Zealand.

The Wallabies last victory over the All Blacks on New Zealand soil was way back in 2001 when the Wallabies were Rugby World Champions. Ironically that last victory was in Dunedin which will give the Wallabies hope for this weekend.

New Zealand have played the Wallabies 68 times in New Zealand and they have won 52 matches and lost 15 and drawn once. That gives the All Blacks a record of winning 77% of their matches at home.

The average score when the teams meet in New Zealand is New Zealand 20 Australia 12.

The Wallabies hit form in their last outing but since then they have been hit by injury and have been forced into making four changes so they will field a weakened team.

New Zealand's recent form suggests that their biggest challenge will come from within rather than the Wallabies this weekend.

The All Blacks have played some of their best rugby since winning the Rugby World Cup and their last match (27-38 victory over the Boks) has gone down as a classic.

The All Blacks greatest challenge therefore appears to be maintaining standards

New Zealand-born winger Peter Betham, who plays for the New South Wales, won a Wallabies callup when wingers Joe Tomane and Chris Feauai-Sautia were both ruled out with injuries.

Matt Toomua has been named at inside center in place of Lealiifano and flyhalf Quade Cooper will likely take over the goalkicking.

Fans at Dunedin's indoor stadium, which has a section called "the zoo" for the raucous behavior of its supporters, are likely to renew their campaign against Cooper, who is deeply disliked in New Zealand.

He has a history of poor performances against the All Blacks, stretching back to the semifinals of the 2011 World Cup.

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie, who also coached Cooper at the Queensland Reds, said Genia's struggles against New Zealand were overstated.

"I don't think he has a problem," he said. "I don't have a problem. If he's there he'll do the job.

"Part of what's been created is a function of the media liking to talk about that. But he just gets on with playing and that's what he's been doing."

New Zealand has been able to choose a side much less dictated by injury than Australia's.

Veteran center Conrad Smith has began a four-month "sabbatical" from rugby, so Ben Smith moves from wing to center and allowing the return of winger Cory Jane after a nine-months injury layoff.

Hansen said Jane is "a 43-test veteran who before his injury was by the media's opinion - and probably my own too - one of the best wingers in the world.

"He hasn't lost any form while he's been injured. What he has lost is his time in the jersey."

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Average score: New Zealand 20 Australia 14
Average score in New Zealand : New Zealand 20 Australia 12

Last five results
24 Aug 2013 NZL v AUS 27-16 Westpac Trust, Wellington
17 Aug 2013 NZL v AUS 47-29 Stadium Australia, Sydney
20 Oct 2012 NZL v AUS 18-18 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
25 Aug 2012 NZL v AUS 22-0 Eden Park, Auckland
1 8 Aug 2012 NZL v AUS 27-19 Stadium Australia, Sydney

New Zealand's overall record against Australia
Played 148 ,Wins 101, Losses 41, Draws 6

Match .: New Zealand v Australia
Date : 19/10/13
Venue : Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco Peyper (South Africa),
Assistant Ref 2:Stuart Berry (South Africa)
TMO : Vinny Munro (New Zealand)

Teams

New Zealand

Israel Dagg; Cory Jane, Ben Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea; Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (captain), Liam Messam; Sam Whitelock, Jeremy Thrush; Charlie Faumuina, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock.

Replacements: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Ben Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Tom Taylor.

Australia

Israel Folau; Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Toomua, Peter Betham; Quade Cooper, Will Genia; Ben McCalman, Michael Hooper, Ben Mowen; James Horwill (capt), Rob Simmons; Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, James Slipper.

Replacements: Saia Faingaa, Benn Robinson, Sekope Kepu, Sitaleki Timani, Dave Dennis, Nic White, Mike Harris, Bernard Foley.

 
 
Rugby Championship Standings
Nation Games Points    
P W L D PF PA PD BP Ttl
1. New Zealand 6 4 1 1 164 91 73 4 22
2. South Africa 6 4 2 0 134 110 24 3 19
3. Australia 6 2 3 1 115 160 -45 1 11
4. Argentina 6 1 5 0 105 157 -52 3 7
                     
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