All Blacks beat Australia 35-29 in Bledisloe Cup thriller

All Blacks beat Australia 35-29 in Bledisloe Cup thriller

However the worldwide retirements of six stalwarts after the last World Cup deprived the side of valuable experience and they were pushed to breaking point by Warren Gatland's Lions earlier this year.

On the injury front, Hansen said most of his side emerged unscathed from their battle under the Dunedin roof, barring Sam Cane and Ryan Crotty concussions.

"Maybe sometimes it's nice to say publicly how badly we want a player to stay here, because we love him and we want him to keep playing like that in the gold jersey".

Barrett's second try of the match came just two minutes after Wallabies center Kurtley Beale had given his side a 29-28 lead and hope of keeping the trans-Tasman Bledisloe Cup series alive for the third game in Brisbane on October 21.

New Zealand's Dane Coles will play his first Test since November when he faces Australia in Saturday's Rugby Championship game.

Genia managed to get some revenge a few minutes later, when he was able to snipe around the ruck and dart through the All Black defense to regain the lead in the 68th minute - and stunning the Dunedin crowd. "Those are the games which hinge on certain moments and I guess we had one at the end there".

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If they are to have a chance of at least preventing another breakout by the All Blacks, the Wallabies will have to do much better in defence.

But Cheika was not to be placated by the improvement in his side, rather he was disappointed in the way they let the game slip away from them in the dying minutes.

Australia were brilliant in attack and courageous on defence. "We've got to expect it", Read said.

Under Deans, it was 26-17 (pretty damn good considering); under McKenzie, 34-23 (again pretty good, but no wins); under Cheika, the Wallabies have most often been thrashed, with an average point difference of 33-15.

The momentum was with New Zealand as they started the second half 17-14 down, but Brodie Retallick had a try chalked off as the TMO could not see any evidence of a grounding. From Folau's intercept through Hoopers easy run in, to the ball bouncing off Will Genia's $800000 knee the ball bounced the Australian's way.

Barrett scored from a simple short side movement from a scrum in the 60th, giving the All Blacks a narrow lead and setting in motion the thrilling finale. Bernard Foley's conversion made it 12-0 to the visitors inside the opening 12 minutes. Foley managed only two of six shots at goal, hitting the post on three occasions.