8:05 PM (AEST) Saturday, August 20 at ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Australia’s Rugby Union test side the Wallabies host the New Zealand All Blacks for possession of the much coveted Bledisloe Cup.
Wallabies: Israel Folau; Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Giteau, Dane Haylett-Petty; Bernard Foley, Will Genia; Scott Sio, Stephen Moore, Sekope Kepu, Kane Douglas, Rob Simmons, Ben McCalman, Michael Hooper, David Pocock. Tatafu Polota-Nau, James Slipper, Allan Alaalatoa, Dean Mumm, Scott Fardy, Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua, Rob Horne.
All Blacks: Israel Dagg; Ben Smith, Malaki Fekitoa, Ryan Crotty, Waisake Naholo; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Wyatt Crockett, Nathan Harris, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Sam Cane, Kieran Read. Codie Taylor, Kane Hames, Charlie Faumuina, Liam Squire, Ardie Savea, T.J. Perenara, Aaron Cruden, Julian Savea.
There have been 155 previous Test matches between the Wallabies and the All Blacks with the Kiwis holdi9ng a commanding lead in the head-to-head, winning 106 to the Wallabies 42, while there has been 7 drawn games. New Zealand has won 21, drawn 2 and lost 3 of the last 26 matches, with the last contest resulting in an All Blacks 34-17 victory last October.
The All-Blacks have been unbeatable for quite some time now. They’ve won 45 and drawn 2 of their last 50 games, with some of their results in the past 12 months against decent opposition has been very impressive. Racking up scores like 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 look to have quite a formidable team.
The Wallabies have won 7 of their 9 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 two losses in this period have both been against the All Blacks.
The Halves – New Zealand have a relatively new look halves combination, despite them having played Test Rugby for a few years now. However they are young and lack the experience of McCaw and Carter before them. The Wallabies Foley and Genia have a lot of experience and will need to draw on every ounce of it if they are to end a 13 year Bledisloe Cup drought.
This New Zealand side just knows how to win games, and win them comfortably. Australia at their absolute best may be able to get a win.
All Blacks $1.40