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The Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup for 2017 begins in Sydney where Australia’s Wallabies host New Zealand’s All Blacks.

This is an important Test for the Wallabies, who have been together for a month, to be competitive against an All Black side that they have not beaten since 2015, which was in Sydney.

However, the Aussies have only won once in the last 15 Tests, including the 2015 Rugby World Cup final. Since then, the Wallabies have a 44 percent win percentage to the Kiwis’ 83 percent.

The last time these teams played at ANZ Stadium, New Zealand won 42-8 against, their biggest win in the history of the fixture at that venue.

The Wallabies have scored no more than a penalty goal in the opening half of each of their last three games at ANZ, trailing at halftime in each match, though they’ve gone onto earn a win and a draw in that period.

The All Blacks have lost only one of their last seven games within Australia, but they come off a drawn series against the British and Irish Lions, a series in which they did not perform to the best of their ability.

Micheal Hooper takes over the Australian captaincy from Stephen Moore on a full-time basis, Curtis Rona is making his debut, the 20th debutant since the 2015 World Cup under Michael Cheika.

Time for the God defend New Zealand and Advance Australia Fair before the Haka.

Aaron Smith is leading”Ka Mate” as the Wallabies stood among each other, watching intensely.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: BEEP! BEEP! We are underway in Sydney, Bernard Foley kicks-off. The All Blacks have dominated the Wallabies – losing only three of their last 29 Trans-Tasman encounters.

3.00: English referee (and New Zealand favourite) Wayne Barnes awards the home team a penalty. The Wallabies went 12 phases after winning the ball back inside their half. They built nicely through the phases, showing patience.

4.00: PENALTY! Bernard Foley puts the Aussies on the board: 3-0

6.00: Beauden Barrett’s restart is poor. Hopper opts for the centre field scrum. It is reset before Barnes awards a free kick to the hosts. The Aussies go quickly and charge into All Blacks’ territory.

8.00: Hooper is pinged for going off his feet. Beauden Barrett kicks deep into the Wallaby 22; good kick.

9.00: A mix-up between Beauden Barrett and Sonny Bill Williams sees the loose ball hacked down the field by Henry Speight.

10.00: TRY Liam Squire! From a quick lineout, Damian McKenzie made the initial break in midfield. The ball is recycled quickly to the left. The Aussies matched the Kiwis in numbers, but Speight rushed up and the attack went through him and Foley. The ball is sent wide to Squire, on the wing, and the flanker races away to score in the corner: 3-5

11.00: Beauden Barrett slots the touchline conversion: 3-7

14.00: Oh dear! Barnes gets in the way of a decent attacking Australian move. Kurtley Beale and Speight set up the move. After several phases and quick ball, Will Genia switches play, but the ball hits Barnes and goes dead. Scrum to the Aussies.

15.00: BIG SCRUM! The Australian scrum wins a penalty after a beast of a shove. Foley will take a shot from 23 metres out and 20 metres in from touch.

16.00: PENALTY! Foley puts the ball through the middle: 6-7

18.00: TRY Rieko Ioane! The All Blacks break through McKenzie – who else? Aaron Smith switches play, Codie Taylor takes a hit, the ball is recycled quickly and Barrett plays Ioane, who beats Israel Folau and Speight on the sideline for his third Test try of the year: 6-12

19.00: MISS! Barrett, who struggled against the British and Irish Lions with his kicking, can’t add the two points: 6-12

21.00: TRY Rieko Ioane at the double! A break from Ryan Crotty in midfield after a dropped pass, sees the centre gather and break, offloading to the supporting winger, who gallops away from defenders to score his second try in three minutes: 6-17

22.00: Barrett can’t miss from there: 6-19

25.00: TRY Ryan Crotty!  Just like that, game over! The Wallabies were slow off the defensive line. Joe Moody started with a break and dummy. Brodie Rettalick is involved twice, again near the goal line, before giving the ball to the centre for the score: 6-24

26.00: The conversion is good: 6-26

27.00: The Aussies have missed 25 tackles already. This is not good enough at any level, let alone international rugby.

28.00: Australia comes back, going down the field and using the ball well. Somehow, on the Kiwi try line, they lose the ball after some good work by Brodie Retallick. Barrett clears the danger.

30.00: McKenzie and Williams start a move which sees Sam Kane and the fullback combine before Beale saves the day with a last ditch tackle 10 metres out from the home team’s try line.

31.00: The All Blacks look like scoring every time they touch the ball. Australia’s NON-defence is killing them. Beale clears the Wallaby lines with a big kick down the field.

33.00: Crotty is down injured. Samu Karevi and Curtis Rona are struggling with their defensive lines. Karevi has been at fault twice for tries. The Wallabies are too narrow around the rucks, causing problems when the All Blacks shift the ball wide after quick recycling at the breakdown. Another penalty sees Barrett kick to the corner.

34.00: TRY Sonny Bill Williams! The centre is in for his 12th Test try. Barrett went close but was stopped under the poles. Smith recycled and offloads to the charging Williams to score: 6-31

35.00: Barrett does not miss from there: 6-33

36.00: Oh no! Barnes apologises to Michael Hooper for missing offsides; does not help now after the try is awarded. Poor call from a poor referee.

41.00: TRY Ryan Crotty! From the scrum set piece, Sonny Bill drifts wide, drawing Karevi and Beale, opening the gap for Crotty, who ghosts through the gap to score under the posts; this is embarrassing: 6-38

42.00: The conversion is good: 6-40

The half-time score was Australia 6 New Zealand 40

41.00: BEEP! BEEP! We are back underway in Sydney where the Wallabies are getting thumped by a rampant, angry, clinical New Zealand outfit. The All Blacks had 60 percent possession but only 45 percent territory in the opening 40 minutes, however, they have used the ball better and are dominant, scoring six first half tries. Marone!

A knock on from the kick-off gives the Australians possession in midfield.

43.00: TRY Damian McKenzie! Wow! The Wallabies go through several phases but the ball is stolen by Beauden Barrett off Michael Hooper. The first five eight starts the counterattack with a pass to Rieko Ioane. The winger bursts down the touch line before giving the pass to the fullback for his first All Black try: 6-45

44.00: Barrett slots his sixth conversion: 6-47

48.00: TRY Ben Smith! That’s the half century for the visitors. The fullback goes over for his 28th Test try, his sixth on the wing against the Aussies: 6-52

49.00: Barrett adds the extras: 6-54

51.00: Scott Sio is over after Israel Folau and Curtly Beale combined in midfield, but the prop is held up. Scrum, five metres out near the corner. The Aussies get the penalty and opt for another scrum.

52.00: TRY Curtis Rona! The winger comes in behind Nick Phipps and ghosts through Beauden Barrett and Aaron Smith to get his and the Wallabies’ first try: 11-54

53.00: The conversion is good from Foley: 13-54

54.00: Almost! Sekope Kepu nearly gets through but he opts to pass when he should have put his head down.

55.00: TRY Tevita Kuridrani! The substitute plays a one-two in midfield with Folau before diving over near the posts: 18-54

56.00: Foley won’t miss from there: 20-54

60.00: It’s getting messy as we go into the final quarter. There has been lots of knock ons by both sides as they look to stretch play and keep the ball alive.

61.00: TRY Kurtley Beale! The centre runs 50 metres after Curtis Rona’s tackle on McKenzie, who lost the ball. 

62.00: Foley makes it five from five for the evening as the ball curls inside the right-hand post: 27-54

67.00: A bit of a lull in play as both coaches make changes as the clock winds down.

68.00: TRY Israel Folau! The fullback is in for his 27th Test try and seventh of the season. It came from the leg of Kuridrani after a long pass from Foley: 32-54

69.00: Foley adds the extras: 34-54

73.00: Speight almost breaks free but the ball to the wing was forward. This has been a good second half by Australia, they have scored four unanswered tries since Ben Smith’s score in the 48th minute.

74.00: STAT ALERT! Australia has missed 48 tackles.

76.00: TRY, NO TRY Beauden Barrett! The first five dives on the bouncing ball after charging down Foley’s attempted clearance, but the TMO decides it was simultaneous grounding, so scrum to the All Blacks.

78.00: It’s end-to-end in Sydney. Folau with a burst and run is tackled short, the ball is turned over and cleared. Kepu races back to save the day after Ardie Savea’s kick: phew!

79.00: STAT ALERT! All Blacks have missed 40 tackles.

80.00: The hooter sounds and the Kiwis get a penalty. They opt to kick and that is the ballgame.

Full-time

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The final score is Australia 34 (6) New Zealand 54 (40)

Scorers

Australia
Tries – Rona, Kuridrani, Beale, Folau
Pen – Foley (6)
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

New Zealand
Tries – Squire, R. Ioane (2), Crotty (2), Williams, McKenzie, B. Smith
Pen –
Con – B. Barrett (7)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant Ref 1: Nigel Owens (Wales) (RFU)
Assistant Ref 2: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (RFU)

Teams

Australia: 

15 Israel Folau, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Curtis Rona, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio.

Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Lopeti Timani, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Reece Hodge, 23 Tevita Kuridrani.

New Zealand

15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.

Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Thomas Perenara, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown

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