Australia miss out after topsy-turvy Test finish

by Steven Clarke August 28, 2017, 0:52

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika fired shots at the match officials after the narrow 35-29 loss to the All Blacks on Saturday, singling out a lack of punishment for New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick for a perceived unsafe tackle.

Beale appeared to have given the Wallabies a first victory in seven against their Trans-Tasman after a short ball from Genia enabled him to scamper under the posts and Foley slotted over a simple conversion to make it 29-28 with time running out.

"I've got to tread lightly here", Cheika said when pressed to explain why he was baffled by some of the refereeing decisions.

Down 17-0 after quarter of an hour and again behind with three minutes left to play, the All Blacks found a way to come back and win.

"We were trying to get ourselves back into the game and having a few goes at the line and that really helped".

The All Blacks hit back, reducing the deficit to only three points at half-time courtesy of tries from Rieko Ioane - his sixth in as many Tests - and the lively Aaron Smith.

Captain Michael Hooper in the 11th minute and flyhalf Bernard Folau, in the 15th, added tries which stunned the All Blacks in Dunedin's indoor stadium.

Had they forced the series into a decider in Brisbane they would have fancied their chances on the evidence of the last 110 minutes of Bledisloe rugby.

Australia lat defeated the All Blacks in New Zealand in 2001, at the now defunct Carisbrook in Dunedin.

They managed to score two more tries but so did the New Zealanders.

Beale was nearly Australia's hero, scoring a try in the 76th minute with blood pouring down his face, before New Zealand finished the job from the ensuing kick-off thanks to a match-winner from No.10 Beauden Barrett.

All Black hooker Dane Coles said it was a amusing game to play in.

Lock Sam Whitelock has already said he would donate his number five jersey from the match that doubles as a Bledisloe Cup game to the Meads family and Read said the team had thought of what else they could do to honour his legacy.

Australia: I Folau; D Haylett-Petty, T Kuridrani, K Beale, H Speight; B Foley, W Genia; S McMahon, M Hooper (c), N Hanigan; R Arnold, R Simmons; A Alaalatoa, S Moore, S Sio.

Barrett scored from a simple short side movement from a scrum in the 60th, giving the All Blacks a narrow lead and setting in motion the thrilling finale. They changed the point of attack to kick to the right side and we just got caught off-guard and they made that kick into a was the luck of the bounce for them.

Cruel twist: Beauden Barrett streaks clear for the match-winning try.

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