After sealing the Bledisloe Cup for an 18th consecutive year with their biggest-ever win over Australia last weekend, the All Blacks now meet a wounded Wallabies in Brisbane in what is a dead-rubber Bledisloe, but also round two of the Tri-Nations.
Kickoff: 9.45pm (NZT)
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
NZ TAB odds (as of Friday PM): All Blacks $1.10, Wallabies $6.10
Weather forecast (as of Friday PM): Partly cloudy. Light winds. High of 27C, low of 16C.
All Blacks: Jordie Barrett, Sevu Reece, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara; Ardie Savea, Sam Cane (c), Akira Ioane, Sam Whitelock, Scott Barrett, Ofa Tuungafasi, Codie Taylor, Karl Tu’inukuafe. Reserves: Asafo Aumua, Alex Hodgman, Tyrel Lomax, Tupou Vaa’i, Cullen Grace, Brad Weber, Damian McKenzie, Will Jordan.
Wallabies: Tom Banks, Tom Wright, Jordan Petaia, Hunter Paisami, Marika Koroibete, Reece Hodge, Nic White; Harry Wilson, Michael Hooper (c), Lachie Swinton, Matt Philip, Rob Simmons, Allan Alaalatoa, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, James Slipper. Reserves: Folau Fainga’a, Angus Bell, Taniela Tupou, Ned Hanigan, Liam Wright, Tate McDermott, Noah Lolesio, Filipo Daugunu.
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Prediction (Aaron Goile): Well, following last weekend’s staggering demolition, who on earth would know what will get thrown up this Saturday night? I’ll go out on a real limb and predict the Wallabies won’t be that bad again. The All Blacks, meanwhile, might also subconsciously not be quite as hyped for this one, with the Bledisloe now safely stored away. The Aussies may be thankful All Blacks coach Ian Foster has decided to rest their chief tormenters from the past two games – Caleb Clarke and Richie Mo’unga – though there will be several others in black keen to make a point, and the hosts will still be hindered by the absence of James O’Connor. Brisbane has been a tough hunting ground for New Zealand in recent years, though, having won just one of their past four tests at Suncorp Stadium dating back to 2011 – a one-point victory at that. All Blacks by 14
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