Rugby Championship: New Zealand edge to 35-29 win over Australia

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He missed last week's Test after suffering a fresh head knock in the All Blacks' warm-up game against a local club side. The two teams scored five tries apiece with the flawless goal-kicking of All Blacks' Beauden Barrett, who also scored two tries, including the match-winner with three minutes to go, proving the difference.

It looked as if the Wallabies' impossible dream had come true when Beale put them back in front with a try in the 76th minute, but All Blacks captain Kieran Read won the restart and then made a break from the ensuing play, passing to replacement halfback T J Perenara, who popped the ball back to Barrett. I'm proud of the turnaround (from last week) and we took many steps in the right direction but in the end it wasn't good enough. But they didn't and they got the rewards for it.

"Last week wasn't really where it should be", Kuridrani said.

The Wallabies surprised plenty in Dunedin on Saturday night, but All Blacks coach Steve Hansen was not one of those.

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"The gallant loser thing's not on".

"But in his core roles he was outstanding and played a big part in turning the game around, because the scrum was a massive part in how we got back into it".

"If we lose this match it [the Bledisloe Cup] is out of contention", Hooper said.

With this victory, New Zealand secured the Bledisloe Cup trophy for the 15th consecutive year - with Game 3 at Suncorp Stadium now becoming a dead rubber.

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The All Blacks finally gained the lead for the first time with Barrett's first try in the 60th minute, edging ahead 21-17.

In addition to the lure of sealing the Bledisloe Cup, the All Blacks are also drawing on the memory of New Zealand Rugby icon Colin Meads, who died last Sunday aged 81.

The All Blacks picked up four points for their win to extend their lead atop the Rugby Championship standings, while the Wallabies picked up a single point for losing by seven or fewer points. From Folau's intercept through Hoopers easy run in, to the ball bouncing off Will Genia's $800000 knee the ball bounced the Australian's way.

Some change is obviously required after the defence was cut to ribbons as the All Blacks raced in eight tries to lead 54-6 - and outside centre Samu Kerevi is tipped to pay the price for the worst Test performance in his short career. Of course, no New Zealand is ever out of the game and they roared back into contention with two tries late in the half and could have easily been in the lead if not for a minor indiscretion from Crotty and a dropped pill from Ben Smith.

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Also at stake in the match is the Bledisloe Cup, contested annually by New Zealand and Australia, and now held by the All Blacks since 2003.