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New Zealand retained the Bledisloe Cup for a 19th year on the trot after winning the last two Test matches against Australia at Eden Park in Auckland.

The All Blacks are looking to go top of The 2021 Rugby Championship with a win in Perth, but the Kiwis lost the last time they played in Perth.

  • New Zealand has lost only one of their last seven Tests against Australia (W5, D1); although, that defeat came in their most recent away game against the Wallabies (24-22, 7 November 2020 at Suncorp Stadium).
  • Australia will be aiming for back-to-back wins in men’s Tests against New Zealand on home soil for the first time since July 2008, following their 24-22 victory over the All Blacks in their last such fixture (7 November 2020).
  • New Zealand has scored 50+ points in four of their five Tests in 2021; the last time the All Blacks logged more such scores in a calendar year was in 2007 (5x).
  • Australia has won 71% of their Tests in Perth (12/17); it’s the Wallabies’ second-best win percentage in any Australian city where they have played at least three Tests (5/5 – 100% in Canberra).
  • The Kiwis have made 20 clean breaks per game in 2021, more than any other Tier One country in that time and 15 per game more than Australia (5).
  • Australia has an 84% tackle success rate in Tests in 2021, the second-lowest of any Tier One country (Italy – 83%) and six percentage points fewer than New Zealand (90%).
  • New Zealand (10) and Australia (8) have made the most and third most offloads per game respectively of any Tier One nations in men’s Tests in 2021 (France – 9).
  • Akira Ioane has gained nine metres per carry from his nine carries in The Rugby Championship 2021, the most by any forward to make at least five carries in that time.
  • Michael Hooper has won nine turnovers in men’s Tests in Perth since the beginning of 2012, the most by any player in that time and more than double the amount of the next best (Duane Vermeulen – 4).
  • Will Jordan has scored 10 tries in his last five Tests, including eight in his four appearances for the All Blacks in 2021 – more than any other player from a Tier One country this year.

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1.00: PEEEEP! Anthems sung, Haka done. We are underway in the third Bledisloe Cup of 2021 at a sunny Optus Stadium, Perth.

2.00: Australia wins New Zealand’s first lineout, but the visitors win the scrum after claiming the loose ball. A scrum penalty follows for the Kiwis, who clear to halfway.

4.00: NO TRY! Samu Kerevi is offside at the ruck. Australia went coast-to-coast following a midfield break from Samu Kerevi, who burst to weak tackling before sending Marika Koroibete away. However, the winger is tracked back by Will Jordan, who brings him down before Jordie Barrett’s intervention stopped the flyer. 0-0

5.00: New Zealand wins back-to-back penalties, Beauden Barrett kicks to the corner.

6.00: Superb defence by the Wallabies to stop the driving maul. Darcy Swain holds up Codie Taylor to earn his team a reprieve.

7.00: A solid scrum by the Aussies gets them a penalty at the scrum.

9.00: PENALTY! Beauden Barrett opens the scoring. 0-3

11.00: Australia goes through the phases (11) but nothing comes from the attack except a scrum for a Kiwi knock-on.

13.00: Beauden Barrett almost intercepts Tate McDermott’s loose pass, the ball bounces kindly for the visitors though, and they counter-attack from deep. The following penalty is taken quickly by Barrett, who wins a penalty under the posts.

15.00: PENALTY! Beauden Barrett doubles his side’s lead. 0-6

17.00: TRY! Jordie Barrett finishes a sublime attack to score under the posts. Beauden Barrett’s grubber behind the Australian defensive line was gathered by Will Jordan. Jordan played an inside pass to Brad Weber before the scrumhalf sent the fullback away for the game’s first try. 0-11

18.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 0-13

21.00: New Zealand is bossing the breakdown, Australia cannot get their hands on the ball, and it is showing on the scoreboard as the visitors take control.

24.00: Dave Rennie’s men cannot get out of their half, their kicking game has been iffy at best not to mention their poor kick-chase is keeping them pinned inside their half.

26.00: All Blacks offside; Michael Hooper opts for the points.

28.00: MISS! Noah Lolesio cannot put the Wallabies on the board from in front. That is terrible! 0-13

29.00: RED CARD! Marika Koroibete takes Jordie Barrett’s boot to the face after the winger ran into the fullback’s boot. That is never a red card, but we know where we are at with rugby officials at the moment. Shocking call! 0-13

32.00: Two knock-ons at the lineout, but it will be an Aussie feed to the scrum. Hooper is back on after a blood-bin stint.

34.00: New Zealand leaking penalties at an alarming rate since Barrett’s red card. Tom Banks boots his team to the visitors’ half looking to get some points on the board before the interval.

37.00: It’s end-to-end. Andrew Kellaway knocks on Lolesio’s crossfield kick, but Rennie’s men win another penalty; they must kick to the corner.

38.00: NO TRY! Marika Koroibete takes the ball from the back of the maul and crawls his way to the line which sees the try chalked off. The winger, who did not score in Super Rugby all season, cannot get a break today, two scores (rightly) chalked off. 0-13

40.00: TRY! David Havili flops over the whitewash after a powerful driving maul that went 15 metres. New Zealand cleared the danger before the break with another turnover penalty at the breakdown and raced to the lineout sensing they could score before the hooter. 0-18

41.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 0-18

The halftime score was Wallabies 0 All Blacks 18

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Australia.

44.00: The All Blacks have come out firing, they have the Aussies under early pressure.

49.00: TRY! Folau Fainga’a gets his debut international try after Darcy Swain stole a New Zealand lineout. The Wallabies counter-attacked, McDermott went close before the hooker barged over. 5-18

51.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio adds the extras. 7-18

53.00: It’s all Kiwis at the minute.

55.00: TRY! Akira Ioane bounces one defender, handed off another before slipping two tackles to send Will Jordan in for his 11th Test try. 7-23

56.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 7-23

60.00: TRY! Havili intercepts a loose pass and races 80 metres to score. 7-28

61.00: MISS! The kick is again missed. 7-28

65.00: NO TRY! Damian McKenzie’s try is chalked off for accidental offsides in the build-up. 7-28

66.00: TRY! Nic White is over for Australia. 12-28

67.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio makes no mistake. 14-28

69.00: TRY! Another Akira Ioane run sets up Anton Lienert-Brown. 14-33

69.00: MISS! McKenzie cannot convert. 14-33

73.00: TRY! TJ Perenara intercepts Valetini before sending George Bridge away in the corner. 14-38

75.00: MISS! McKenzie’s kick is wide. 14-38

78.00: TRY! Tom Banks fights his way over the line after White’s break set up the score. 19-38

79.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 21-38

81.00: The hooter sounds, the Kiwis make it four clean sweeps in 10 years in the Bledisoe Cup.

FULL TIME

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The final score is Australia 21 (0) New Zealand 38 (18)

Scorers

Australia
Tries – Fainga’a, White, Banks
Pen –
Con – Lolesio (2)
Drop –
Cards –

New Zealand
Tries – J. Barrett, Havili (2), Jordan, Lienert-Brown, Bridge
Pen – B. Barrett (2)
Con – B. Barrett
Drop –
Cards – J. Barrett (Red, 28′)

Match Officials
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1: Jordan way
Assistant Ref 2: Graham Cooper
TMO: Brett Cronan

Teams

Australia

15 Tom Banks, 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper

Replacements: 16 Lachlan Lonergan, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Nic White, 22 Reece Hodge, 23 Jordan Petaia

New Zealand

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 David Havili, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Ardie Savea (captain), 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 George Bower

Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Ethan Blackadder, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 George Bridge

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