New Zealand vs. Australia: Preview, Prediction for 2016 Bledisloe Cup Game 2

By Simon Holmes
at Internationaled.org

Published: August 25, 2016

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New Zealand host Australia in the second game of the Bledisloe Cup at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington, on Saturday with a chance to claim their 44th title victory in the competition.

The tie comes a week after the All Blacks routed the Wallabies 42-8 in the tournament's opening match in Sydney.

The world champions took no prisoners at the ANZ Stadium, with tries from Ryan Crotty, Beauden Barrett, Jerome Kaino and Waisake Naholo helping them race into a 32-3 advantage at the break.

Such was New Zealand’s superiority over their competitors, it looked as though they could claim a record victory over the Wallabies, with a 43-6 win in 1996 the standard. Those hopes seemed to disappear, though, when captain Kieran Read found his way to the sin bin with just 15 minutes on the clock. 

The game is set to be another stern test for this developing Australia side, who have won the cup only 12 times in their history.

   

Preview

The embarrassing home defeat has outlined major weaknesses in the Wallabies lineup, and Rob Simmons is one of the victims of coach Michael Cheika's reshuffle. In his place comes Adam Coleman, who has just the single Test cap to his name, according to the Daily Telegraph. He'll partner Kane Douglas as Australia seek to regain some pride. 

Perhaps the most notable name to be given a recall for the Wallabies is fly-half Quade Cooper, who will line up in Cheika's system as a five-eighth. Next to him will be Bernard Foley at inside centre, while Samu Kerevi will slide in at outside centre. With their Bledisloe Cup hopes dangling by a thread, Australia must secure their first victory on New Zealand soil since 2001 in order to have any chance of clinching the cup.

Cooper is quite a controversial figure as far as New Zealand are concerned, with the player engaging in numerous on-field clashes with now-retired ...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Rugby Union

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