Australia has played New Zealand 193 times since 1903, the Wallabies have won 50 matches, but lost 135, and drawn eight.
The Wallabies’ 44 wins give them a measly 26% winning record against the All Blacks.
- New Zealand once again retained the Bledisloe Cup; they have now held the famous trans-Tasman trophy for 18 years since 2003.
- This is the fourth Bledisloe Cup clash of 2020 (All Blacks lead 2-0) and the second Tri-Nations Rugby Championship Test match of the southern hemisphere international season.
- New Zealand has won each of their last two Tests against Australia, restricting them to a single-figure score on each occasion.
- The last time the Kiwis held the Wallabies to fewer than 10 points in more consecutive Tests was an 11-game stretch from 1957 to 1964.
- Australia has lost only one of their last four Tests against New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium (W2, D1), and picked up a 23-18 win over the All Blacks in their last meeting there (October 2017).
- Australia is winless in their last four Tests (D1, L3); the last time the Aussies went more than four games without a win was a six-game losing streak from October 2015 to August 2016 which included three losses to New Zealand.
- Australia has won their last six Tests at Suncorp Stadium and has not lost at the venue since June 2016 against England (39-28).
- New Zealand’s 43-5 win in the first game of the 2020 Tri-Nations means that they are now on the cusp of multiple Test wins in Australia in a single calendar year for the first time since 2010.
Player milestones and stats:
- James Slipper is set to play his 100th Test, becoming just the 13th player to reach a century of appearances for Australia; his 51 caps from the bench are the joint-most of any player in Wallabies history (alongside Tatafu Polota-Nau).
- Filipo Daugunu has made eight clean breaks throughout the 2020 Bledisloe Cup games, two more than any other player.
- Michael Hooper has scored five Test tries at Suncorp Stadium, more than any other forward; only Israel Folau (7) and Stephen Larkham (7) have scored more at the venue.
- Hooper is captaining his country for the 50th time, nine behind record-holder George Gregan (59).
- Richie Mo’unga has made five assist-passes throughout the 2020 Bledisloe Cup, more than twice as many as any other player in the three games thus far.
- Sam Whitelock is set to make his 100th Test start for New Zealand, becoming just the fifth player to start in a century of Tests for the All Blacks in the process; it will be his 120th Test appearance.
- Jordie Barrett has scored a try in each of his last five consecutive Test starts.
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1.00: PEEEEP! The anthems are done, the Aaron Smith-led Kapo o Pango was awesome – as usual – and we are underway in Bledisloe IV at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.
2.00: All Blacks lock Patrick Tuipulotu has been withdrawn from today’s Test and replaced by Tupou Vaa’i.
3.00: TRY! Tom Wright scores on debut with his first touch in Test rugby. Reece Hodge put in a little chip over the top from a lineout, Tom Banks beat Jordie Barrett to the ball, gathered and offloaded to Wright to stroll in for the score. 5-0
4.00: MISS! The conversion is no good. 5-0
6.00: The All Blacks go 14 phases before Ofa Tu’ungafasi knocks-on under pressure from the Aussie defenders. The Wallabies regain possession but kick the ball away. New Zealand comes again.
9.00: TRY! The All Blacks hit back through Rieko Ioane, who scores his 23rd Test try in 28 Tier One International Matches, 32 Test tries in 36 Tests. The Kiwis went 14 phases again, sapping the Wallabies’ defence before the yellow wall ran out of numbers on the wing. Wright jumped the line, trying to intercept a stray pass, but the ball was knocked into the path of Ioane. 5-5
10.00: MISS! Beauden Barrett’s kick hits the post and rebounds out. 5-5
12.00: Wright gets back, saving the day, using his left-foot to clear the lines.
14.00: Karl Tu’inukuafe gets pinged at the ruck after another sustained attack (eight phases) by the visitors. The Aussie defending has been solid.
16.00: Akira Ioane steals the lineout and New Zealand counter-attack. Australia wins back possession, and mount a counter of their own before Nic White goes to the air.
18.00: Rieko Ioane knocks-on White’s box-kick to give the Wallabies a scrum just outside the Kiwis’ 22. Australia is flooding the breakdown, sometimes up to seven defenders, while the All Blacks attack the breakdown with three to four.
19.00: Wright attacked down the blindside, but threw an intercept to the retreating Codie Taylor. The Kiwis recycled to Beauden Barrett, who sent a crossfield kick-pass to brother Jordie, who got isolated; however, NZ won the pen because the AUS defenders went off their feet.
20.00: Marika Koroibete finds a gap, but cannot get away from Akira Ioane, who hangs on to the winger’s jersey. Australia wins the penalty at the ruck and will take a shot.
21.00: PENALTY! Hodge puts his team in front. 8-5
23.00: RED CARD! What, that’s not red. A yellow, not a red. Ofa Tu’ungafasi hit Wright with a shoulder to the head (chin) after the winger tried to run out from his 22. Tu’ungafasi did not mean anything malicious by the tackle, but he’s sent off. 8-5
25.00: Tensions are high now. Sam Cane took offense to a James slipper cleanout. A scuffle breaks out between the players, emotions are high. The crowd is roaring, looking for another card. Banks kicks the penalty to the corner.
26.00: Australia win another penalty, Banks goes to the corner; however, the All Blacks win a penalty at the breakdown, and clear.
30.00: The All Blacks have weathered the Australian storm, they have won a couple of penalties to put themselves in a decent position to score.
32.00: Cane wins a penalty at the ruck, and points to the posts.
34.00: PENALTY! Jordie Barrett levels from distance. 8-8
35.00: RED CARD! Lachie Swinton, on debut, joins Tu’ungafasi on the naughty step for the rest of the game after a high shot to Cane. 8-8
38.00: Another All Black’s penalty sees Beauden Barrett kick to the corner.
41.00: YELLOW CARD! Codie Taylor should have scored from the driving maul, but he broke early before being stopped by the yellow wall. Another penalty to the Kiwis because Marika Koroibete went off his feet. Another driving maul is on the cards. 8-8
42.00: New Zealand lose their lineout, the ball is booted into touch.
The halftime score was Australia 8 New Zealand 8
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway down under.
45.00: New Zealand has had two attacks stymied by two forward passes. Australia is trying to slow down the game to get back to 14 apiece. The Wallabies’ scramble defence has been superb, halting every secondary Kiwis’ attack.
48.00: The hosts win another penalty.
49.00: PENALTY! Hodge puts his team ahead. Marika Koroibete is back as well. 11-8
51.00: Sevu Reece goes close after Beauden Barrett kick-started a wide attack, the Kiwis do, however, win a lineout on the Aussies’ try line.
52.00: TRY! Taylor gets his try this time following a powerful driving maul. 11-13
54.00: CONVERSION! Jordie Barrett converts. 11-15
56.00: Massive scrum by Angus Bell, Australia is awarded a penalty, and Hodge steps up.
58.00: PENALTY! Hodge cuts the gap to one point. 14-15
61.00: Australia has managed to stem the opposition’s attack. New Zealand commiting too many infringements at the breakdown.
63.00: another kickable penalty goes the way of the hosts.
65.00: MISS! Hodge has the distance but pushes his kick wide. 14-15
68.00: YELLOW CARD! Scott Barrett is sent to the bin. 14-15
69.00: The Wallabies rumble forward before winning a penalty under the posts. Hodge calls for the tee.
70.00: PENALTY! Hodge puts the hosts ahead. 17-15
73.00: It’s all Australia at the moment.
75.00: TRY! Taniela Tupou scores from close range to make it a seven-point game. 22-15
77.00: CONVERSION! Hodge makes it a two-point ball-game. 24-15
79.00: TRY! Ardie Savea’s run sets up late call-up Tupou Vaa’i to score next to the posts. 24-20
80.00: CONVERSION! Barrett adds the extras. 24-22
81.00: A big tackle by Koroibete on Barrett sees the flyhalf knock-on. Scrum to the hosts. McDermott boots the ball into touch – Game over!
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The final score is Australia 24 (8) New Zealand 22 (8)
Tries – Wright, Tupou
Pen – Hodge (4)
Con – Hodge
Cards – Swinton (red, 35′), Koroibete (Yellow, 41′)
Tries – R. Ioane, Taylor, Vaa’i
Pen – J. Barrett
Con – J. Barrett (2)
Cards – Tu’ungafasi (Red, 23′), S. Barrett (Yellow, 68′)
Referee: Nic Berry (RA)
Assistant Ref 1: Ben O’Keeffe (NZR)
Assistant Ref 2: Angus Gardner (RA)
TMO: Paul Williams (NZR)
15 Tom Banks, 14 Tom Wright (debut), 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Hunter Paisami, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Reece Hodge, 9 Nic White, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Lachie Swinton (debut), 5 Matt Philip, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 James Slipper
Replacements: 16 Folau Fainga’a, 17 Angus Bell (debut), 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Ned Hanigan, 20 Liam Wright, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Noah Lolesio, 23 Filipo Daugunu
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Akira Ioane (debut), 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe
Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua (debut), 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Cullen Grace (debut), 21 Brad Weber, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Will Jordan (debut)