9:35 PM (AEST) Saturday, August 27 at Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington
The All Blacks will host the Wallabies this weekend in the second test, where they will be hoping to hand out another hiding against the Australians.
All Blacks: Ben Smith; Israel Dagg, Malakai Fekitoa, Anton Lienert-Brown, Julian Savea; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Keiran Read, Sam Cane, Jerome Kaino, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Joe Moody. James Parsons, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Liam Squire, Ardie Savea, T.J. Perenara, Aaron Cruden, Seta Tamanivalu.
Wallabies: Israel Folau; Adam Ashley-Cooper, Samu Kerevi, Bernard Foley, Dane Haylett-Petty; Quade Cooper, Will Genia; Scott Sio, Stephen Moore, Sekope Kepu, Kane Douglas, Adam Coleman, Scott Fardy, Michael Hooper, David Pocock. Tatafu Polota-Nau, James Slipper, Allan Alaalatoa, Dean Mumm, Will Skelton, Nick Phipps, Tevita Kuridrani, Reece Hodge.
There have been 156 previous Test matches between the Wallabies and the All Blacks with the Kiwis holding a commanding lead in the head-to-head, winning 107 to the Wallabies 42, while there has been 7 drawn games. New Zealand has won 22, drawn 2 and lost 3 of the last 27 matches, with the last contest resulting in the All Blacks racking up a record breaking 42-8 victory last weekend.
The All-Blacks have been unbeatable for quite some time now. They’ve won 46 and drawn 2 of their last 51 games, with some of their results in the past 12 months against decent opposition has been very impressive. Racking up scores like 42-8, 41-13 and 34-17 against Australia, 62-13 against France, 47-9 vs Tonga, 26-16 against Argentina and 20-18 against South Africa in South Africa. While they have lost a swathe of experienced players since then, they still have comfortably the best team in the world..
The Wallabies have won 7 of their 10 Tests played in the last 12 months, with some good performances against Argentina, winning 29-15, a 15-6 win against Wales, a 33-13 demolition of England and a 28-13 win over Fiji. Their only three losses in this period have all been against the All Blacks, with last weekends 42-8 loss their worst on home soil against the All Blacks, where they were outclassed and dominated in the first half.
Up Front – The Australians were starved of possession in the first half and their forwards couldn’t contain the agile All Blacks edge runners, who carved swathes through the Wallabies defence. They really need to lift their performances markedly if they are any chance of giving the Kiwi’s any sort of a challenge.
This New Zealand side just knows how to win games, and win them comfortably. Australia at their absolute best will likely ensure the game is close.
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