All Blacks edge Wallabies in Bledisloe Cup thriller

New Zealand’s All Blacks narrowly edged Wallabies 35-29 in a thrilling Bledisloe Cup second test in Dunedin on Saturday August 26.
Going into Saturday’s contest,Michael Cheika’s side had to win to avoid a 15th consecutive defeat in the Bledisloe Cup.
Israel Folau gave the visitors the kind of start they would have loved as he touched down 30 seconds into the match with Benard Foley failing to add the extras.
The Wallabies were soon 12-0 up as Michael Hooper stunned the home crowd in Dunedin, touching down before Foley converted comfortably.

Sony Bill Williams battles the Wallabies defence/Photo/Courtesy

All Blacks tried to make inroads into Australia’s territory but the Wallabies backline stood firm, thwarting all their efforts.
Australia then claimed their third try after the TMO’s confirmation that there was no knock on.
After conceding 3 early tries, the All Blacks struck back as Aaron Smith played a wonderful pass to Rieko Ioane who touched down before Beauden Barret converted to cut the deficit to 17-7 in Wallabies’ favour.
Just before the break, the All Blacks scored a try courtesy of Aaron Smith as the match went to the breather with the world champions trailing 17-14.
After resumption, Brodie Retallick thought he had scored but had his try ruled out by the TMO as the Wallabies still led 14-7.
Flyhalf Beauden Barret then went over the whitewash before adding the extras to hand the home side a 21-17 lead.
Will Genia soon restored Australia’s advantage with a try but Benard Foley’s conversion found the upright as the hosts took a narrow 22-21 lead.
Ben Smith soon went over before Barret converted to restore All Blacks lead but with 3 minutes to go there was a turn of events as Australia claimed a try before Barret won it late for the All Blacks as they claimed a 35-29 win.

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