New Zealand captain Sam Cane felt his side paid for a lack of accuracy when it mattered as they slipped to a surprising defeat to Australia in the final Bledisloe Cup meeting in 2020. 

The All Blacks had won the previous two meetings between the countries comfortably, including a record 43-5 success a week ago in Sydney that opened their Tri Nations campaign in style. 

However, the Wallabies hit back in Brisbane, coming out on top 24-22 in a game that saw each team have a player sent off in the first half. 

Ofa Tu'ungafasi saw red for a high challenge on wing Tom Wright, though the hosts were also reduced to 14 men when debutant Wallabies flanker Lachlan Swinton was dismissed for leading with the shoulder on Sam Whitelock. 

Both sides also had to spend 10 minutes down to 13 during proceedings, the All Blacks crucially giving up points late on when lock Scott Barrett was in the sin bin. 

Substitute Tupou Vaa'i crossed in the closing minutes to secure the visitors a losing bonus, but Cane felt they could easily have come out on the right side of the result at Suncorp Stadium. 

"It doesn't matter if there's 15 players on each side, or it gets down to 14 versus 14 or 14 versus 13, the game is based on building pressure, playing smart, intensity and accuracy," he told the media. 

"I didn't think we were quite smart enough when we got down, then I thought we bought the intensity but not the accuracy. They did that really well and controlled the game for large parts."

On the dismissals, he added: "It's a fast-moving game and there are big collisions. Every now and then, players are going to get it slightly wrong.  

"I don't think either of those cards were malicious or dirty plays by any means, they were fractionally off. 

"We spend a lot of time practicing perfect technique, but in top-level sport like this, there will be the odd error unfortunately."

With Barrett off the field, Australia capitalised on the opportunity. They managed to drive close enough for a Taniela Tupou try that proved crucial in the final reckoning. 

"There were large parts where I was really proud of our effort," All Blacks coach Ian Foster said in his post-match media conference. 

"I thought we played with a lot of passion at times, certainly applied a lot of pressure, but we couldn't break them in the way that we wanted to.  

"They hung in there and the momentum swung about a bit with some other cards. Scooter's near the end was sort of bad timing for a card, as it put us under immense pressure. 

"If you look at where the game went, particularly in the last 10 minutes, I think the Wallabies were penalised about six times in their own 25, because of the pressure we put them under. That was frustrating."

Dave Rennie was "rapt" after Australia held on for a thrilling 24-22 victory over New Zealand a week after slumping to a record defeat.

Both sides had a man sent off in the first half at Suncorp Stadium, the All Blacks losing Ofa Tu'ungafasi before Wallabies debutant Lachlan Swinton saw red.

New Zealand retained the Bledisloe Cup with one match to spare in the first game of the Tri Nations series at ANZ Stadium last Saturday, hammering their trans-Tasman rivals by a record margin with a 43-5 rout.

Rennie praised the character shown by the men in green and gold seven days later as they secured a seventh straight win at the Brisbane venue.

"I'm rapt," the New Zealander said. "There was a lot of character shown today. We said we wanted a response after last weekend, and we got it."

Tom Wright scored an early try and Taniela Tupou crossed late on before Tupou Vaa'I finished to give the All Blacks hope in the closing stages, but they fell short.

Rennie's decision to play Reece Hodge at fly-half raised eyebrows, but he booted 14 points as Australia restored some pride to give Rennie a first win since he replaced Michael Cheika.

"We talked about scoreboard pressure and we hadn't been able to do that in previous games, and Hodgy kicked pretty well and we got our noses in front and were able to apply a bit more through that," Rennie added.

"We've got a long way to go, we're going to get a lot better, but it's good to get a result like this because it helps with a bit of belief.

"It's only one day, but we'll have a couple of quiet ones to celebrate."

Australia restored some much-needed pride in the fourth and final Bledisloe Cup meeting with New Zealand, sealing a hard-fought 24-22 triumph in a game that saw both teams have a player sent off. 

After a drawn opener between the trans-Tasman rivals in Wellington, the All Blacks had won the previous two meetings by a combined score of 70-12. 

Their record-breaking 43-5 triumph a week ago in Sydney not only secured the trophy but also gave them a successful start to the 2020 Tri Nations, yet the Wallabies responded impressively in Brisbane.

Reece Hodge kicked 14 points, including converting Taniela Tupou's crucial late try, as Australia prevailed despite conceding three tries, the last of which earned New Zealand a losing bonus point.

Australia debutant Tom Wright crossed inside two minutes and, while Rieko Ioane responded soon after for the visitors, the early double did not lead to a glut of points before the break.

Still, there was no lack of drama in the remainder of the first half. After a Hodge penalty made it 8-5, Ofa Tuungafasi was shown a red card after making direct contact with the chin as he emphatically stopped Wright's progress following a jinking run.

However, Ian Foster's men held firm when down a man – even drawing level – before the numbers were evened up, Lachlan Swinton's debut cut short for use of the shoulder on Sam Whitelock. 

Marika Koroibete saw yellow just before the interval for hands in at a ruck to leave Australia down to 13, yet by the time he returned his team were 11-8 ahead thanks to a second successful kick from Hodge. 

While hooker Codie Taylor was driven over by his fellow forwards to put the All Blacks in front, they lost Scott Barrett for 10 minutes to give Australia an opportunity to play against 13 men themselves.

Michael Hooper's side capitalised too, Tupou forcing his way to the line for a try that Hodge converted, adding to a pair of second-half penalties from the number 10.

Substitute Tupou Vaa'i breached a tired defensive line to set up a nervy finish as New Zealand closed the gap, but the Wallabies held on in the closing minutes to have the final say in the 2020 series and make it seven Test wins on the spin at Suncorp Stadium.

Australia are under pressure to salvage pride in the final Bledisloe Cup match of the series on Saturday after suffering a harrowing defeat to New Zealand last weekend.

The All Blacks retained the famous trophy in emphatic fashion at ANZ Stadium, taking a 2-0 lead with one match to play by dishing out a 43-5 rout at ANZ Stadium.

Not since 2002 have Australia won the Bledisloe Cup, and they reached a new low when the All Blacks won by a record margin in Sydney.

Victory for New Zealand also gave them a dream start to the Tri Nations series, and Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie has reacted by ringing the changes, springing a surprise by picking Reece Hodge at fly-half.

We use Opta data to preview Bledisloe IV at Suncorp Stadium.

 

Australia v New Zealand

- New Zealand have restricted the Wallabies to single figures in their last two matches. The last time they held them to fewer than 10 points in more consecutive Tests was an 11-game stretch from 1957 to 1964.

- Australia have lost only one of their last four Tests against New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium (W2, D1), and secured a 23-18 win over the All Blacks in their last meeting there in October 2017.

- The Wallabies are winless in their last four Tests (D1, L3). The last time they went more than four games without a victory was a six-game streak from October 2015 to August 2016, which included three losses to New Zealand.

- Australia have won their last six Tests on the bounce at Suncorp Stadium and have not lost at the Brisbane venue since June 2016, when England triumphed 39-28.

- New Zealand are on the cusp of multiple Test wins in Australia in a single calendar year for the first time since 2010.

- 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.

- Australia captain Michael Hooper has scored five Test tries at Suncorp Stadium, more than any other forward. Of all players, only Israel Folau (7) and Stephen Larkham (7) have scored more at the venue.

- 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. It will be his 120th Test appearance.

James Slipper and Sam Whitelock are set for milestones as seven players prepare to make their debuts when the Wallabies face the All Blacks.

Slipper will become just the 13th player to reach 100 Test appearances for Australia when he lines up in Brisbane on Saturday.

New Zealand have retained the Bledisloe Cup, which they have held since 2003, after last week's 43-5 victory.

While Slipper is set for a landmark appearance, the Wallabies have also named debutants Lachlan Swinton and Tom Wright to start and Angus Bell among the replacements.

"It's going to be a really special night for James in front of his family and friends back at his home ground and I know the team will be doing everything they can to make sure it's a memorable result," Australia coach Dave Rennie said.

"Lachlan, Tom and Angus have been excellent over the past seven weeks and have earned their first jersey for Australia through hard work and good performances. 

"As a whole group we were really disappointed after last weekend and we get a chance to show our character on Saturday in Brisbane."

Australia have lost only one of their past four Tests against New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium, winning two and drawing one.

The All Blacks, who top the Tri Nations table after the win last week, are set to see Whitelock reach a milestone.

Whitelock has been named to make his 100th Test start for New Zealand, becoming just the fifth player to reach that mark.

They have named Akira Ioane for a start on debut, while Asafo Aumua, Cullen Grace and Will Jordan are in line to make their first appearances off the bench.

"We've been really impressed with Akira. He's keen, he's ready and to have his first Test start is pretty special. I know Asafo is also excited for his first Test and he'll bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm when he comes off the bench," All Blacks head coach Ian Foster said.

"Cullen Grace is a young man who has also been very impressive. He's got a nice, quiet demeanour about him, but we know he's excited. Will Jordan has also been working really hard; he's settled in really, really well and he's got a calmness about him. He’s been doing a great job behind the scenes and we're delighted he's got his opportunity."

All Blacks star Beauden Barrett will start at number 10, with Damian McKenzie on the bench.

Australia: Tom Banks, Tom Wright, Jordan Petaia, Hunter Paisami, Marika Koroibete, Reece Hodge, Nic White; James Slipper, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Simmons, Matt Philip, Lachlan Swinton, Michael Hooper, Harry Wilson.
Replacements: Folau Fainga'a, Angus Bell, Taniela Tupou, Ned Hanigan, Liam Wright, Tate McDermott, Noah Lolesio, Filipo Daugunu.

New Zealand: Jordie Barrett, Sevu Reece, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara; Karl Tu'inukuafe, Codie Taylor, Ofa Tuungafasi, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Akira Ioane, Sam Cane, Ardie Savea.
Replacements: Asafo Aumua, Alex Hodgman, Tyrel Lomax, Patrick Tuipulotu, Cullen Grace, Brad Weber, Damian McKenzie, Will Jordan.

Sam Cane is excited by what the future could hold for New Zealand after they dished out a record-breaking hammering of Australia to retain their firm grip on the Bledisloe Cup.

The All Blacks hammered their trans-Tasman rivals by the biggest ever margin at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, starting the Tri Nations series with an emphatic six-try drubbing.

Richie Mo'unga scored a first-half double and finished with 23 points in a victory for Ian Foster's side that gave them a 2-0 lead over the Wallabies with one Bledisloe Cup match to play,

New Zealand have not lost a Bledisloe Cup series since 2002 and captain Cane believes there is more to come from his side after a brutal demolition of Australia.

The flanker said: "It's a pretty happy changing room in there at the moment … just filled her [the trophy] up. The trophy is really important to us, and we care a lot about it.

"I'm just so proud of the work we’ve put in over the last five-six weeks building up to this moment. It feels like we’ve improved every single week and I'm really excited about where this group can go.

"They're a tough side. There will be areas they'll be happy with and there will be areas they're not. One thing I've always admired about the Aussies is the way they pick themselves up. They'll turn up again next week with a similar confidence and attitude.

"But we'll enjoy tonight, and all the hard work that’s gone into getting us here, then decompress tomorrow, and we go again for next week. I’m pretty excited about where this team can go because I think we’ve improved steadily every week."

Head coach Foster echoed his skipper's sentiments.

He said: "It was the patience we showed tactically. Sometimes when you get out early you can loosen up a lot but I thought in that second quarter we stuck to what was working.

"We saw space and we took it. There was some nice instinctiveness about it, too. We're building something here."

New Zealand recorded their biggest winning margin over Australia as a 43-5 thrashing secured another Bledisloe Cup series triumph and a fine start to the Tri Nations.

The All Blacks suffered a chastening 47-26 loss in their previous match on Australian soil last August, but ensured there was no repeat in Sydney as they followed up their 27-7 Eden Park victory earlier this month in style.

Karl Tu'inukuafe, Richie Mo'unga (2) and Dane Coles touched down in the first half at ANZ Stadium, where a socially distanced crowd witnessed a masterclass from Ian Foster's side.

Debutant Noah Lolesio hit back in a much-improved second-half showing from Australia, but New Zealand rarely looked anything other than comfortable and added gloss through Rieko Ioane and Jordie Barrett, with Mo'unga's conversion earning his country a slice of history.

With the Bledisloe Cup now beyond their grasp, Dave Rennie's men will look to bounce back against the same opponents in Brisbane next week to kickstart their Tri Nations campaign.

The Wallabies endured an early setback, Filipo Daugunu seeing yellow for a dangerous tackle on the airborne Caleb Clarke.

Foster's charges initially capitalised as Tu'inukuafe crashed over for his first international try, but Jordie Barrett soon followed fellow number 14 Daugunu into the sin bin for leading with his forearm on Dane Haylett-Petty.

The visitors had two tries ruled out by the TMO, one for grounding and the other for being in touch, before Mo'unga's brace of fine solo scores eased their frustrations.

Coles, earlier denied by the TMO, drove over from a lineout to effectively put the game to bed before the break.

Australia got off the mark a minute after the interval as Lolesio seized on a sharp pass inside to dart over the line, though the All Blacks soon reasserted their authority to seal a record win over their rivals.

Mo'unga kicked a penalty and added the extras to tries from Ioane and Barrett, the second of those conversions ensuring New Zealand's 43-6 win over Australia in 1996 was eclipsed.

New Zealand will look to wrap up another Bledisloe Cup series triumph and make a strong start to the Tri Nations when they face fierce rivals Australia in Sydney on Saturday.

The All Blacks cruised to a 27-7 victory over the Wallabies at Eden Park to take a 1-0 lead after the first match ended in a 16-16 draw.

New Zealand have dominated the rivalry in recent times, and you have to go back to 2002 for the last time their trans-Tasman rivals lifted the famous trophy.

While Australia are unable to end that wait this weekend, they could draw first blood in the opening Tri Nations Test and set up a Bledisloe Cup decider next week in Brisbane.

South Africa's withdrawal from the Rugby Championship leaves just Australia, New Zealand and Argentina to battle it out in a rebranded Tri Nations.

With the Pumas having to wait until November 14 for their opening contest with the All Blacks, we use Opta facts to preview another almighty battle at ANZ Stadium.

Australia v New Zealand

- New Zealand have lost only one of their last seven Tests against Australia (W5, D1); however, that single defeat did come in their last meeting on Australian soil, going down 47-26 in Perth last August.

- The All Blacks have won seven of the most recent nine Tests between the two sides at ANZ Stadium, including their last three. They have averaged 44.67 points per game in that three-match run.

- Australia have won four of their last five Tests at home, losing one. They have been victorious in the last three and the last time they enjoyed a longer winning run on home soil was a four-match span from September 2013 to June 2014.

- New Zealand have scored 70 tries at ANZ Stadium, their second-most at any Test ground outside New Zealand. They need two more to surpass their tally of 71 at the SCG.

- Marika Koroibete has scored 13 tries since making his Test debut in September 2017, the most of any Australia player in that time; New Zealand's Rieko Ioane (18) and South Africa's Makazole Mapimpi (14) are the only southern hemisphere tier one players with more in that period.

- Beauden Barrett needs one more try for the outright record of most in Tests against Australia by any player. He is currently level on 11 with Richie McCaw and Ma'a Nonu and has blanked in his last two Tests against the Wallabies.

Sam Whitelock has been named to return for the All Blacks, while the Wallabies included two debutants in their starting side.

Whitelock has recovered from concussion to return for the Bledisloe Cup and Tri Nations Series clash in Sydney on Saturday.

The lock's return is one of three changes to the starting XV for New Zealand.

While Whitelock replaces Tupou Vaa'i, Karl Tu'inukuafe is in for Joe Moody and Hoskins Sotutu takes Ardie Savea's place.

The All Blacks lead the four-game Bledisloe Cup series 1-0 as they seek to keep a trophy they have held since 2003.

"It's the third Test of a four-Test series and the Bledisloe Cup is on the line," All Blacks head coach Ian Foster said.

"It's a real chance for us to come into their home patch, a place which they take a lot of pride in playing and for a trophy which means a lot to them, and we need to show them how much it means to us. 

"The chance to go and win a trophy that's precious to us is exciting."

Australia have named two debutants – Noah Lolesio and Irae Simone – in their starting side, with James O'Connor out with a knee injury.

Allan Alaalatoa, Jordan Petaia and Dane Haylett-Petty will also start, while debutants Fraser McReight and Tate McDermott are among the replacements.

"It's really exciting to be able to name four more debutants in the squad this week," Australia coach Dave Rennie said.

"Noah and Irae have played a lot of footy together and we have no doubt they're ready to take the step up to Test rugby. Tate and Fraser have had big Super Rugby seasons and have impressed in training over the past month.

"It's an especially significant night for us with the chance to represent and celebrate our First Nations people by wearing the Indigenous jersey on home soil in front of our Wallabies family.

"We know New Zealand will pose another tough challenge but we've prepared well and will be ready to go on Saturday night."

Australia: Dane Haylett-Petty, Filipo Daugunu, Jordan Petaia, Irae Simone, Marika Koroibete, Noah Lolesio, Nic White; James Slipper, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Allan Alaalatoa, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Matt Philip, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper, Harry Wilson.
Replacements: Jordan Uelese, Scott Sio, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Fraser McReight, Tate McDermott, Reece Hodge, Hunter Paisami.

New Zealand: Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jack Goodhue, Caleb Clarke, Richie Mo'unga, Aaron Smith; Karl Tu'inukuafe, Dane Coles, Ofa Tuungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, Samuel Whitelock, Shannon Frizell, Sam Cane, Hoskins Sotutu.
Replacements: Codie Taylor, Alex Hodgman, Tyrel Lomax, Scott Barrett, Dalton Papalii, TJ Perenara, Ngani Laumape, Rieko Ioane.

Caleb Clarke has made quite the impression at the start of his international career, forcing Australia captain Michael Hooper to use a rather unique method in an attempt to slow the wing down. 

After making his New Zealand debut off the bench in the Bledisloe Cup opener in Wellington last weekend, Clarke started in the second game between the trans-Tasman rivals in Auckland. 

Clarke capitalised on the opportunity too, earning comparisons to the great Jonah Lomu as his running game helped his side to a resounding 27-7 triumph at Eden Park. 

He beat 12 defenders during the course of the game – the second-highest number recorded by a player in a Test since the beginning of 2010. 

It was on one such burst that Wallabies back-row Hooper made contact with Clarke in a way that certainly caught his attention. 

"You know what, Michael Hooper grabbed my nuts just then," he told Sky Sport in an interview after the game. 

"They were really sore. I turned and tried to push his hand off." 

While watching a montage of his performance, Clarke – whose father, Eroni, played for New Zealand in the 1990s – also admitted that he tried to do the same to Hooper. 

"On this run, I tried to get him back," Clarke said while watching a replay. "Our physio said to get him back, so I tried to do it there." 

He certainly grabbed the attention of those watching on, with George Gregan praising a performance that belied the 21-year-old's lack of experience at the highest level. 

"We saw the makings of a wonderful player during Super Rugby with this man," the former Australia scrum-half said, per Fox Sports. 

"He comes from a pretty good lineage with his father, who we played against in Eroni Clarke, but today just reinforced how important power and precision are and he has the ball skills and went looking for work. 

"He was dynamic, it was a great example of a young man backing himself and his skill-set."

New Zealand head coach Ian Foster felt his side put down a marker for the rest of the series with Saturday's dismantling of Australia in Auckland.

The All Blacks triumphed 27-7, outscoring the Wallabies by four tries to one, in game two of the Bledisloe Cup.

Inspired by young wing Caleb Clarke, the hosts extended their unbeaten run at Eden Park to 44 matches in an impressive response to last week's 16-16 draw in Wellington.

Foster denied feeling relieved at the improved performance but accepts his side have now set a standard to which they must adhere.

"Relief is not something I feel at all," he said. "This is what Test matches are about. If we don't perform to the levels we want to, we know a lot of pressure comes on this team.

"In some ways, they're great weeks. There's nowhere to hide. There's no way anyone can get complacent. And if we thought we were in the house last week, we got a reminder we weren't.

"This week we got a reminder it wasn't good enough – from ourselves and everyone around us.

"It's a pleasing feeling. We've put a marker down, that's the level we need to start at and we've just got to climb because it's a tough series. This is a better Wallabies team than I've seen for a while. They want to stay in the fight, so we had to fight for 80 minutes."

Clarke, 21, earned comparisons with all-time great Jonah Lomu with some powerful running, with one burst forward taking him through five tackles before setting up Ardie Savea to score.

"He just wants the ball and wants to run hard, and it's quite a good thing for us to give him the ball and let him run hard," said Foster.

Indeed, Australia coach Dave Rennie summed up the difference between the two teams as "tackle execution".

"We missed too many tackles and we got put under the heat for it," he said.

"You can't give the All Blacks that much ball, they have too many athletes that can hurt you. But the boys are working hard and I'm pretty confident that in two weeks we will be a better side."

New Zealand preserved their Eden Park fortress after outplaying Australia 27-7 in game two of the Bledisloe Cup on Sunday.

The All Blacks and Wallabies could not be separated in last week's memorable stalemate in the Bledisloe opener in Wellington, however, there was a winner this time around in Auckland.

New Zealand ran in four tries to one as they extended their unbeaten record at Eden Park to 44 matches, while maintaining their undefeated run against the Wallabies at the stadium, which dates back to 1986.

It was a lively start by the Wallabies, who pressed New Zealand back early, but the efficient All Blacks struck first via Richie Mo'unga's penalty.

Beauden Barrett – back in the line-up after sitting out the series opener due to an Achilles tendon problem – almost found younger brother Jordie Barrett with a kick through and while it did not end in a try, the All Blacks did not have to wait long as Aaron Smith crossed over in the 22nd minute after Australia were unable to hold out from close range.

The Wallabies, though, responded as they carved open the All Blacks – a great line break and quick hands seeing Marika Koroibete cut inside two opponents to score the try before James O'Connor converted to reduce the deficit to 10-7 heading into the break.

New Zealand, who have lost just 10 of their 87 Tests at Eden Park, took control in the second half – young winger Caleb Clarke putting on a show to and taking centre stage to help the hosts make the perfect start within three minutes of the interval.

Clarke's pace and power proved too much as space opened up for Jordie Barrett to cross over for a 15-7 advantage and the All Blacks were in again three minutes later.

Another unstoppable run from Clarke, who smashed through Australia's defence, resulted in a New Zealand overload and Ardie Savea added the five-pointer, however Mo'unga missed back-to-back conversions.

The Wallabies – carrying a 16 per cent win rate at Eden Park into the contest, only Great Britain and Scotland have been worse of the teams to have played at least five games at the stadium – thought they had a try in the 50th minute but were held up by some desperate New Zealand defending, while Australia had a try ruled out for a double movement moments later.

New Zealand then went up the other end and extended their lead courtesy of captain Sam Cane, who made light work of Australia's backline following a sweeping move as Ian Foster celebrated his first victory as All Blacks head coach.

A fortress for the All Blacks, and a luckless venue for the Wallabies, Australia face a daunting task at Eden Park on Sunday.

New Zealand are unbeaten in their past 43 matches at the Auckland venue, and the Wallabies' record there is abysmal.

The Wallabies and All Blacks played out a thrilling 16-16 draw in the Bledisloe Cup opener in Wellington.

But New Zealand have held the Bledisloe Cup since 2003 and if history is anything to go by, they will almost certainly head to Australia for the final two games of the series with a 1-0 lead.

We take a look at some of the numbers behind the All Blacks' record at Eden Park.

 

Complete dominance

Not only are the All Blacks carrying an unbeaten run at Eden Park into the clash, it is a ground at which they have been completely dominant.

New Zealand have lost just 10 of their 86 Tests at the ground, winning 73 and drawing three to go at a win rate of 85 per cent.

They have scored 2,449 points and conceded 1,113, those averages sitting at 28.5 and 12.9 respectively.

Beauden Barrett, who is returning from an Achilles injury on Sunday, has scored the most points (100) at Eden Park of any active player. The star has reached that figure in 12 games, but is well adrift of the 202 put together by the great Dan Carter in 14 Tests at the venue.

Barrett may, however, get to the record for most tries scored in Tests there. He has seven of his 36 career tries at the ground, with Stu Wilson (nine) having crossed the most times.

 

Wallabies' woes

Australia are winless against the All Blacks at the stadium since 1986, and their record at Eden Park makes for dismal reading.

The Wallabies have lost 27 of 32 Tests at the ground, going at a win rate of 16 per cent. Of teams to have played at least five games there – against all opponents – that rates as the third worst. Only Great Britain (one win in 11) and Scotland (0 in six) have been worse.

Wallabies assistant Geoff Parling insisted Eden Park was not scary and labelled it "just a rugby pitch" ahead of the clash, but it has proven to be anything but for Australia.

Australia have scored 418 points in their 32 games at the ground at an average of 13.1 per game, while conceding a whopping 809 – an average of 25.3.

But it is the recent record that has been even worse for the Wallabies, who have been on the end of six thrashings since they beat Wales 21-18 at Eden Park to secure third place at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. In those six meetings against the All Blacks, the Wallabies have been outscored 227-55.

That highlights just the enormity of the turnaround the Wallabies need to cause an upset in Auckland.

Australia have made four changes to their team for Sunday's Bledisloe Cup clash with New Zealand at Eden Park.

The Wallabies and All Blacks played out a thrilling 16-16 draw in the series opener last week.

But Australia head coach Dave Rennie has still made four changes as Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Ned Hanigan start, and Liam Wright and Jordan Petaia move onto the bench.

After starting in Wellington, Folau Fainga'a and Pete Samu have dropped out of the team, while Rob Valetini and Noah Lolesio are not in the matchday squad

"We've got a group of 44 men who are all working hard and pushing for selection," Rennie said.

"We've had massive support from back home and as a team we definitely feel that and it's something we'll draw on on Sunday afternoon.

"We know that New Zealand will step it up another level this weekend, we're excited by the challenge ahead."

The All Blacks, meanwhile, have made five changes to their starting side, while prop Alex Hodgman is set to make his Test debut from the bench.

Sam Whitelock is out after suffering a concussion, while in a boost, Scott Barrett returns following a four-month injury absence.

All Blacks star Beauden Barrett also returns, having withdrawn from game one due to an Achilles tendon problem.

"Our preparation this week has been really good," All Blacks head coach Ian Foster said.

"It was our first Test together last weekend and while there were some aspects of our game that we were pretty excited about, especially around our set piece, we didn't get the performance that we wanted, so there has been plenty for us to work on. We need to be smarter with our ball and more focussed defensively.

"The Bledisloe series is back to square one and starts again this weekend, which is exciting. It's the last Test at home for us so there will also be massive excitement amongst our fans. There is everything to play for and we can't wait."

Holders of the Bledisloe Cup since 2003, the All Blacks are unbeaten in 43 consecutive games at Eden Park.

 

New Zealand: Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jack Goodhue, Caleb Clarke, Richie Mo'unga, Aaron Smith; Joe Moody, Dane Coles, Ofa Tuungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, Tupou Vaa'I, Shannon Frizell, Sam Cane, Ardie Savea.
Replacements: Codie Taylor, Alex Hodgman, Nepo Laulala, Scott Barrett, Hoskins Sotutu, TJ Perenara, Rieko Ioane, Damian McKenzie.

Australia: Tom Banks, Filipo Daugunu, Hunter Paisami, Matt To'omua, Marika Koroibete, James O'Connor, Nic White; James Slipper, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Taniela Tupou, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Matt Philip, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper, Harry Wilson.
Replacements: Jordan Uelese, Scott Sio, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Simmons, Liam Wright, Jake Gordon, Jordan Petaia, Reece Hodge.

All Blacks head coach Ian Foster insisted Rieko Ioane's botched try was not to blame for New Zealand's wild stalemate against Australia in the Bledisloe Cup opener.

The All Blacks and Wallabies played out a dramatic 16-16 draw in Wellington, where a long-range kick from Australia's Reece Hodge sensationally struck the post in additional time on Sunday.

New Zealand had led 8-3 at the interval through Jordie Barrett's ninth-minute try before Aaron Smith extended the lead early in the second half, but Australia rallied as Marika Koroibete and debutant Filipo Daugunu crossed over.

The All Blacks should have led 13-3 heading into the break, however, Ioane's try on the stroke of half-time was chalked off after failing to ground the ball.

Australia eventually hit back as James O'Connor and Barrett traded penalties during the closing stages before an extra nine minutes were played without a winner, but Foster defended Ioane.

"It would've been useful," Foster told reporters post-game when asked about Ioane's disallowed try, following his first Test as All Blacks coach.

"He's feeling pretty frustrated with himself but that's one of those little lessons players have to go through and I thought he had a reasonably strong game besides that.

"That's why they call it a Test match - you've got to take those little moments and when you get a little bit sloppy in those moments, it can come back and bite you."

Asked if Ioane's error cost the All Blacks who denied Australia first win in New Zealand since 2001, Foster – Steve Hansen's replacement – replied: "Not at all.

"We had a chance to win the game in the last 10 minutes and we weren't good enough to execute on it," Foster said.

"You don't dwell on errors in Test matches - there were a lot of errors before that and there were a lot of errors after that.

"It certainly would've been nice but it's not the reason we drew.

"You make an error, you move on. He's confident young man but he's got to learn from that one little thing."

The All Blacks made 202 tackles against Australia – the second successive match they have been forced to make 200-plus tackles (206 against Wales in November 2019) after not even reaching that mark in any Test prior since 2010, per Opta.

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