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Hooper : Yellow card took a toll on Wallabies

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper says the yellow card took a toll on them

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Article Published: Saturday 23 August 2014|

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Wallabies captain Michael Hooper says that the All Blacks burst of points while Rob Simmons cost them dearly in their 51-20 loss to the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland.

The Australian side started the match brimming with confidence after the Waratahs had won the 2014 Super Rugby title and then the Wallabies ending the All Blacks 17 match winning streak last week.

While the Wallabies held the All Blacks to a draw last week preventing the All Blacks from winning a record 18th consecutive test had given their confidence a boost and gave them hope of ending their Eden Park jinx.

Instead the All Blacks outscored the Wallabies by six tries to two as they ran up their biggest ever points tally over an Australian team.

The Wallabies started well and took an early lead through a penalty but were stunned by the All Blacks blistering pace and power while lock Rob Simmons was off in the sin-bin midway through the first half.

Hooper admitted that even before Simmons was carded the Wallabies had to chase the game.

"We were chasing a lot in that first period before the yellow card which took a toll on us, " said Hooper after the match.

"Then to try and catch up and get back in the game was difficult," said Hooper listing the reasons for the loss.

"They stuffed our offloads and made good metres off us. That took it out of us," he said.

"They got over the advantage line quite easily and then that just means we're chasing our tail. We're running back and they've got class backs to pounce on that."

The loss was Australia's first in eight matches and they face South Africa's Springboks in Perth in two weeks time.

Last year the Springboks beat the Wallabies at home and away and the last three tests between the nations have all been won by South Africa.

 
 
 
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