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Wallabies win at Suncorp

Australia win game 4 of the Bledisloe Cup 24-22

Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane was the venue for game four of the Bledisloe Cup.

It may have been a dead rubber after New Zealand secured the Cup last week but both teams came out to win.

Australia took the kick-off then both teams were looking for gaps to break through.

And Australia were the first to find it. A chip from Reece Hodge set up debutant Tom Wright to score the first try in the third minute. Reece Hodge missed the conversion. Australia 5 – New Zealand 0

New Zealand started to open Australia up after the try but the Wallabies managed to scramble their defence.

Until the 8th minute when Rieko Ioane broke through on the left-hand side to score. Jordie Barrett’s kick hit the upright. Australia 5 – New Zealand 5

The first scrum of the game came after 17 minutes. Australia had the ball but bad passing handed it over to the All Blacks.

Marika Koroibete was warmed up and got a couple of good runs down the field.

A penalty kick by Hodge in the 22nd minute put Australia back in the lead. Australia 8 – New Zealand 5

A high tackle by Ofa Tuungafasi on the chin of Tom Wright saw the All Black red carded. He became the fifth All Black in the history of the team to receive a red card.

Tempers were on edge after this with James Slipper and the All Blacks skipper Sam Cane having a bit of push and shove.

The Wallabies kept pushing with their extra man against the All Blacks but couldn’t find a way through or they would lose the ball.

Sam Cane managed to steal the ball from an Australian scrum and an All Black penalty followed shortly which Jordie Barrett kicked to equalise the scores. Australia 8 – New Zealand 8

Lachlan Swinton, the Australian debutant, was red carded in the 34th minute for a high tackle head clash on Sam Whitelock. The number of players for each team on the field were equal again.

New Zealand had multiple penalty advantages in the last four minutes of the first half and put the pressure on the Australian try line.

Four All Blacks line outs from 5 metres out saw the All Blacks almost go over several times.

Marcus Koroibete was given a yellow card for the Wallabies giving away too many penalties and James Slipper left the field with an injured left arm. The Wallabies grounded the ball to end the pressure and the first half.

Second half kicked off with both teams equal in their aggression and they were evenly matched.

From an Australian scrum Harry Wilson had a solid run down the right side but a penalty was awarded.

Reece Hodge took the kick and with a powerful boot put Australia back in the lead. Australia 11 – New Zealand 8

Savu Reece for the All Blacks almost got to the try line down the right before Koroibete tackled him out. From there Codie Taylor was pushed over the line in a ruck from a line-out for New Zealand’s second try. Jordie Barrett converted the try. Australia 11 – New Zealand 15

Another Tom Wright run got Australia close but Nic White couldn’t hold on to the pass which would have led to a try.

Reece Hodge brought Australia back within one point with a penalty goal in the 60th minute, thanks to Taniela Tupou forcing a scrum penalty. Australia 14 – New Zealand 15

The ball was being moved up and down the field quickly by both teams.

The 65th minute saw Reece Hodge with a penalty kick from the halfway line. He went for goal. It had the legs but went to the right.

At the 70th minute Australia retook the lead. Hodge kicked a penalty from right in front after Scott Barrett was sent off after he knocked the ball out from an illegal position on the ground. Australia 17 – New Zealand 15

This revved Australia up. A great build up with runs by Hooper, Noah Lolesio and Taniela Tupou. After two attempts at the line the ball was given to Tupou who dove over the line in the 75th minute. Hodge kicked the conversion. Australia 24 – New Zealand 15

Three minutes later and Tupou Vaa’i of New Zealand crossed the Australian line. A quick conversion by Jordie Barrett. Australia 24 – New Zealand 22

Koroibete pulled off a couple of game saving tries.

A scrum then a kick into touch saw the match finish and Wallabies take the win. This was much needed for the confidence of the team after the loss last week.

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