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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Wallabies upset All Blacks in Bledisloe Cup thriller in Brisbane

The Wallabies stunned the All Blacks with a 23-18 upset victory in Brisbane, breaking a seven-match losing streak against the World Champions. The Bledisloe Cup had already been claimed by New Zealand, but the win was hugely important for Australian rugby.

Stephen Moore was playing his final home game for the Wallabies and the passion from the home side showed, as their loose forwards in particular threw their bodies on the line in a brutally physical battle.

Sean McMahon and Michael Hooper led from the front, while out wide Israel Folau was his usual menacing self, picking up yet another try as Australia scored three to two.

Reece Hodge, who opened the game with an 80m intercept try, kicked a vitally important monster penalty with time running out, edging them even further ahead as the All Blacks chased the game.

After plenty of talk about this fixture being a dead rubber and the rivalry between the two sides being over, this win will go a long way towards shaking things up, leaving both sides in interesting positions ahead of their end of year tours.

Australia 23 (12)
Tries: Reece Hodge, Kurtley Beale, Marika Koroibete. Conversion: Bernard Foley. Penalties: Hodge (2)
New Zealand 18 (13)
Try: Waisake Naholo, Rieko Ioane. Conversion: Lima Sopoaga. Penalties: Sopoaga (2)

Michael Hooper post match interview here and press conference below, with highlights above

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