The All Blacks beat Australia in a thrilling 76-point thriller to move closer to the Rugby Championship title

Jordi Barrett of New Zealand scored a death bid as his team beat Australia 39-37 in an action thriller to lay hands on the Rugby Championship trophy and retain the Bledisloe Cup for 20 years.

New Zealand coach Ian Foster’s side came into a rare midweek test in Melbourne after hitting Argentina 53-3 and clung to winning streak after Australia recovered from being 31-13 to take it to the wire.

They went to the break arena at 10-10 at the all-sold Docklands after a grueling first half that saw each try, three yellows, three yellows and three All Blacks, including captain Sam Cane, injured.

“What a classic,” Cane said comfortably. “To beat the bell, we are very happy.”

New Zealand’s attempt 90 seconds into the second half – the second for Samisoni Toukihu – and Australia’s third yellow card looked to have ended any hopes the hosts had.

But two attempts by Andrew Kellaway within five minutes and one by Pete Samu made for an interesting conclusion.

Nick White scored a penalty three minutes from the end to put Australia ahead, but Barrett sent in a cross after the final whistle and spoiled their night.

“Totally gutted. “I don’t know what to say,” said Australia captain James Slipper.

“We wanted to perform tonight and we failed there. Probably the most definitive way to finish again, in my opinion.”

The victory also eased the pressure on Foster, keeping him top of the rugby league by a game with 14 points, four ahead of Australia.

The Springboks and Argentina face each other on Saturday. Both are nine points.

The win also ensured that the Bledisloe Cup remained in New Zealand’s hands ahead of the final rugby tournament test at Eden Park in Auckland next week.

After thrashing Argentina in Hamilton, they were up for grabs, facing Wallaby with a fresh look with eight changes from the side crashing 24-8 to South Africa.

The home team was in full swing immediately when Jed Holloway failed to collect shots from kick-off.

New Zealand built up pressure that culminated in Taukei’aho flop into the corner after a strong campaign.

Richie Muonga made the additions to give the visitors a dream 7-0 lead in the first four minutes, a welcome change for a team that has been slow on the blocks this year.

Mo’unga’s penalty kick extended the supremacy before the Wallabies hit the plate, courtesy of Bernard Foley in his first game since the 2019 World Cup, scoring an easy hat-trick.

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In a blow to Australia, Kellaway’s attempt to fail to properly pin the ball was denied, but they had momentum and Rob Valetini crashed to try to convert it to tie the results.

To make matters worse for New Zealand, Dalton Papale had a yellow card, forcing the All Blacks into a frantic back defense.

With his return, Australians Tom Wright and Darcy Swain were sent to the sidelines for 10 minutes, penalized during the same period of play, to give New Zealand a two-way advantage.

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They should have taken advantage before the break, but Taukei’aho was blocked on his second attempt for not being grounded properly and blew up two more chances with a sloppy tackle.

He made no mistake after re-starting, with Taukei’aho breaking through the defense after just 90 seconds.

Poor discipline cost Australia once again with Jake Gordon’s negligence half of the sin. Mo’unga spread down and Will Jordan flew into the line, while out of the park.

They looked like they were cruising, but two stunning attempts from Kellaway put Australia back 27-31 and another from Samu, around Foley, made 37-all with six minutes left.

White carved out a sensationally long-range penalty to put it in front ahead of Barrett’s late tournaments.

– © AFP 2022

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