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All Blacks beat Wallabies 38-13

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A lot of people are saying the All Blacks were woeful in the first half, but I really think it had more to do with the Wallabies playing very good rugby. They had a great first 40 minutes on defense and at the breakdown, but set-piece and handling let them down some. Unfortunately they couldn't continue their good work in the latter half, like most teams I'm sure, after such a monumental effort.

I think the Aussies will keep improving from here.

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The wallabies' set piece was a shambles (again) last night. You can't lose 7/8 of your own lineout throws and expect to beat the AB (or any top 5 side for that matter).

A lot of people are saying the All Blacks were woeful in the first half, but I really think it had more to do with the Wallabies playing very good rugby.

Hi RM, i thought the Wallabies had a decent first half but reckon AB were their own worst enemy i.e. a few fwd passes, knock-ons etc. Foley's lack of pace (and very average passing/kicking game) didn't help either.

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Hey goldorak,

That's right. Set piece was a real weakpoint. They absolutely need to work on that. The ABs didn't have the best first-half but some of that was down to pressure exerted by Australia I thought, especially Hooper and Pocock. Great to see those two playing again.

These 40 minute games by the All Blacks have become quite a theme. I hope they sort it out before Japan 2019. Get Brodie on the case, I reckon. Great game from the big man.

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The Wallabies' lineouts were shocking but they really should have won the game. It's just that when they make a small mistake, the ABs capitalize straight away and score tries. When the ABs make a small mistake, the Wallabies can't quite get there (which of course shows how good the ABs are). Another frustrating game to watch considering by half time (6-5) it could have been anyone's game. But how many times has the same thing happened? The decider in Tokyo in October will most likely not be a decider unless the Wallabies can pull off a miracle in NZ next week. Nice to keep dreaming.....yet again.

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Mounga vs Barrett. B Barrett had a fairly good night imo to keep this argument on hold after a mediocre start , he left a lot of potential points on the park from kicks though. Eden Park will be a tough nut to crack for the Aussies, but anything’s possible, nearly pulled it off in Dunners last year...

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