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Can the Wallabies win against All Blacks in Dunedin?

27 August 2017

The Wallabies showed great improvement on their performance last weekend when they were beaten by eight tries to four and by a record score.

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"New Zealand was too good tonight and the pressure they applied both sides of halftime was fantastic".

"It's irrelevant whether it's fair or not because it is the way it's officiated, and any of that stuff does not in any way excuse not finishing that game off with three minutes to go and a kick off to us".

Stung by that second-half meltdown, New Zealand will wear a special tribute to the great All Blacks lock Meads on their famous black jersey at Forsyth Barr Stadium following his death.

New Zealand built a 54-6 lead against Australia last week, but they are still smarting at the way they conceded 28 unanswered points as the Wallabies staged a revival.

The All Blacks' dominance in those six matches have seen them averaging 40 points per game and they have been particularly impressive when facing the Wallabies in New Zealand.

The Wallabies may have lost 35-29, but they were more than competitive and regained respect.

"Yes, people say they were so far in front and so on".

Hooper was brutally honest when asked about Coleman's late omission.

"It's a huge match for us, for a number of reasons", he said.

The Wallabies were in this game right until the final minute. "We've got to adapt to that".

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He'll probably have seven fairly tough gruelling matches to play, but hopefully there's some easy matches for him along the way. With the troubles he's had injuries and health-wise this year, it would be silly to put himself even further back.

The Wallabies also must be more aggressive at the breakdown.

But it paves the way for a first crack at worldwide rugby for Rodda, the 21-year-old who only made his Super Rugby debut for the Queensland Reds in the opening round of this season.

Meads died last Sunday at the age of 81.

Cheika - an "ideas man" if there ever was one - gets it.

"It's a blow for one guy but it's an opportunity for another, isn't it?"

"First of all for Arnold stepping up into the starting team and then of course for young Rodda who has impressed since he's been in camp".

"They're risky, they're hungry, they've certainly got a point to prove, so you can't take any team lightly".

"And two, because it's very important for us to go over to Perth and play a big match with everything that's been going on".

Hooper said the side had worked well in New Zealand but he knew the game was about delivering on the field rather than performing on the training paddock.

"If we'd gone out there and did what you wanted and they beat you anyway, then you'd go, 'sheesh'".

"It's definitely come into conversation but the way in which we achieve that goal is by smaller steps".

Can the Wallabies win against All Blacks in Dunedin?