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Australia’s Wallabies have played New Zealand’s All Blacks 164 times since 1903, the Wallabies have won 43 matches, lost 114 times and drawn seven.

The Wallabies 43 wins give them a record of winning 26% of their matches against the All Blacks regardless of venue.

  • New Zealand has won 10 of their last 11 Tests against Australia, including their last three.
  • The All Blacks have won their last six games against Australia in The Rugby Championship, despite having trailed at half-time in two of their previous three contests.
  • It will be the first rugby Test played at Optus Stadium in Perth.
  • Australia is undefeated in their last six games played in Western Australia (W5, D1).
  • New Zealand has won 11 of their last 12 Tests away from home (L1), the only loss in that span coming against Ireland (16-9) at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin (17th November 2018).
  • Australia will be chasing back-to-back wins in The Rugby Championship for the first time since 2016 when they defeated South Africa (23-17) and Argentina (36-20) over consecutive weeks on home soil.
  • The Wallabies have not held the Bledisloe Cup since 2003.
  • New Zealand has failed to score more than two tries in four of their last five Test matches, this after a run of 12 consecutive games in which they’d scored 4+ tries.
  • Australia has the best lineout success rate (89%) of any team in The Rugby Championship 2019; New Zealand has the lowest success rate (80%).
  • The Kiwis have missed the fewest tackles (20) of any team in The Rugby Championship 2019, 29 fewer than the next best side (Australia, 49).
  • Beauden Barrett (36 carries, 155 metres) and Samu Kerevi (30 carries, 133 metres) are first and second respectively for both carries and metres gained in The Rugby Championship 2019.
  • Sekope Kepu has made the most tackles (16/16) of any player in The Rugby Championship 2019, while teammate Michael Hooper has made the most of any player overall (27/30).

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

Kieran Read leads the All Blacks out for the last time on Australian soil, which also happens to be Steve Hansen’s 99th Test as coach of the Kiwis.

Both anthems are done; it’s time for the Haka.

TJ Perenara leads the World Champions to a stirring rendition of ‘Ka Mate’

In the meantime, why not have a look at the match preview.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway for Bledisloe One at a sold-out Optus Stadium for the first Test between the Trans-Tasman rivals in Western Australia.

2.00: James O’Connor is back in the gold of Australia for the first time in six years. The hosts have a good attacking lineout inside the Kiwis’ 22.

3.00: Referee Jerome Garces awards the visitors a penalty at the ruck after a seven-phase attack by the Wallabies.

4.00: The ball is kicked deep, and the home team come again.

5.00: Christian Lealiifano ghosts through a gap and takes the ball to the All Blacks’ 22. The stand-off looked for some inside support from Kurtley Beale; he could not find the support and the Kiwis win the turnover and clear through Beauden Barrett.

6.00: Australia wins a penalty at the next breakdown, Christian Lealiifano calls for the tee.

7.00: PENALTY! Lealiifano opens the scoring in Bledisloe One. 3-0

8.00: Ardie Savea infringes at the restart, allowing the Wallabies to keep up the early pressure.

9.00: Australia loses their lineout, but pick up the bouncing ball; however, the visitors regain possession and clear down the field.

10.00: TRY! Reece Hodge races away for the game’s opening try, taking O’Connor’s inside ball and running 49 metres, untouched. Anton Lienert-Brown almost intercepted a wide skip-pass before O’Connor’s magic. 8-0

11.00: CONVERSION! Lealiifano adds the extras. 10-0

13.00: TRY! Michael Hooper cannot get to Jack Goodhue’s well-weighted left-foot grubber. Hooper jostled with Kieran Read before knocking the ball backward in-goal for Lienert-Brown to dot down. 10-5

14.00: CONVERSION! Richie Mo’unga adds the extras. Game on! 10-7

15.00: Lots of handling errors inside the opening 20 minutes as both sides probe each other’s defence.

17.00: TRY! Rieko Ioane finishes off a sensational score, after a weaving run by Perenara, following Dane Coles’ break down the sideline. Perenara’s pass looks forward, but the TMO has not intervened. 10-12

19.00: MISS! Mo’unga shaves the left-hand post. 10-12

23.00: It is end-to-end at the minute and one feels that it will be mistakes that provide the five-pointers, tonight.

24.00: Australia has been good, but a turnover and a mistake from the kick-off has proved costly after taking a two-score lead.

26.00: Another sustained attack by the Aussies goes into double figures for phases. The hosts go 15 phases but Samu Kerevi botches a chance to send Hodge away. Beale knocked on when Marika Koroibete had acres of space. They do get a kickable penalty.

28.00: PENALTY! Lealiifano puts his side back in front. 13-12

30.00: Australia has a centre-field scrum in midfield. They have split the backs equally with Lealiifano on the right and O’Connor to the left.

31.00: The scrum is reset three times.

32.00: Mr Garces has had enough, penalising the visitors for collapsing. Joe Moody is the culprit. Lealiifano boots the ball to just outside the opposition’s 22.

33.00: A wasted opportunity for the Wallabies from a solid lineout. Kepu is isolated and the Kiwis survive.

34.00: Tolu Latu is pinged for coming in from the side. Read tells Beauden Barrett to kick to the corner.

35.00: Great defensive lineout by the hosts as Allan Alaalatoa cleans up a stray All Blacks lineout. Australia survives – for now.

36.00: Ioane slips trying to dot the ball in the in-goal area, but regathers to the delight of his team-mates.

37.00: Australia wasted another sustained period of possession by kicking the ball away after running out of ideas. Savea is miles offside, but he is not seen by the ref. Hooper and Savea scuffle after the whistle has been blown. It’s getting heated out there.

38.00: Australia is awarded the penalty, Hooper opts for touch instead of three. To beat the Kiwis, you have to score sevens, not threes.

39.00: The Wallabies have a penalty-advantage after driving the All Blacks back.

39.15: We have a TMO review for a shoulder charge by “four black” (Scott Barrett). The ref should have played on instead of blowing the attack dead because the hosts had the advantage.

40.00: WOW! RED CARD! That is a massive call by the TMO and referee. I’m not sure that is only a yellow. It was dangerous and to the head, but Hooper was falling over in the tackle.

41.00: PENALTY! Lealiifano takes the three. 16-12

The halftime score was Australia 16 New Zealand 12

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Perth for what should be a sensational second stanza.

43.00: NO TRY! Scott Sio crashes over from close range after a 16-phase attack from the kick-off, however, the prop is held up over the line by two All Blacks’ defenders. Sio broke too early and that has probably cost the Aussies a certain seven points. The Wallabies do get the scrum, which is next to the posts.

45.00: The scrum collapses, but bizarrely, the ref doesn’t award the hosts a penalty. Australia attack wide – with a penalty advantage.

46.00: TRY! Another 10-phase attack by the Wallabies ends with Rory Arnold juggling a pass to Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, alone on the wing. The All Blacks ran out of defenders. allowing Salakaia-Loto to score in the corner. 21-12

48.00: MISS! Lealiifano’s kick curls around but hits the left-hand post. 21-12

49.00: TRY! Sensational score by Nic White in the left-hand corner after a storming run by Samu Kerevi. The centre beat Aaron Smith for pace, bounced Beauden Barrett before slipping the despairing cover tackle and offloading to the supporting White. 26-12

50.00: MISS! Another attempt curls wide. 26-12

54.00: This is the biggest crowd attendance for a sporting event in Western Australia beating the AFL and rugby league records – 61,241 at Optus Stadium in Perth.

55.00: TRY! Beauden Barrett finishes off a long attack, one that went 16 phases inside the Aussie 22, before the playmaker darted inside the tired defenders to score by the posts. We have a ball-game. 26-17

56.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga reduces the deficit. 26-19

59.00: The All Blacks have their tails, up. After having only 20% possession, they have dominated the last five minutes with two long, sustained attacks.

61.00: Australia wins an important turnover and has to take control of the game. They win a ruck penalty to secure some possession and respite.

63.00: TRY! Koroibete picks and drives from the side of an undefended ruck, close to the All Blacks’ goal-line. 31-19

64.00: CONVERSION! Lealiifano extends the lead. 33-19

67.00: New Zealand is wilting under the pressure.

69.00: TRY! Hodge has a double! The Wallabies are running the Kiwis ragged. The Aussies are carrying over the advantage line and the backs’ quick passing, is killing the All Blacks’ outside defenders. 38-19

71.00: CONVERSION! Matt Toomua’s kick is good. 40-26

71.00: TRY! Ngani Laumape gathers the restart and races away to score under the posts. 40-24

72.00: CONVERSION! The kick is over! 40-26

74.00: Australia has racked up a record score against the Kiwis.

79.00: TRY! Beale, with an angled run, darts over from close range to scenes of delirium. 45-26

80.00: CONVERSION! Toomua adds the extras. 47-26

Full Time

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The final score is Australia 47 (16) New Zealand 26 (12)

Scorers

Australia
Tries – Hodge (2), Salakaia-Loto, White, Koroibete, Beale
Pen – Lealiifano (3)
Con – Lealiifano (2), Toomua (2)
Drop –
Cards –

New Zealand
Tries – Lienert-Brown, R. Ioane, B. Barrett, Laumape
Pen –
Con – Mo’unga (3)
Drop –
Cards – S. Barrett (Red, 40′)

Match Officials
Referee: Jerome Garces (FFR)
Assistant Ref 1: Jaco Peyper (SARU)
Assistant Ref 2: Shuhei Kubo (JRFU)
TMO: Marius Jonker (SARU)

Teams

Australia

15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Reece Hodge, 13 James O’Connor, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Nic White, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Rory Arnold, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Scott Sio.

Replacements: 16 Folau Fainga’a, 17 James Slipper, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Adam Coleman, 20 Luke Jones, 21 Will Genia, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Tom Banks.

New Zealand

15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Ardie Savea, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody.

Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Atu Moli, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Thomas Perenara, 22 Ngani Laumape, 23 George Bridge.

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