Eye-gouging accusations sour All Blacks win over Australia

"You've just got to be more clinical".

"The wind and the rain will not have any affect on the things that are important about winning this game", Cheika said. I think at times people might have been a little over-keen, but it was all push and shove.

At the time, the Wallabies were ranked as the second best in the world, which makes their current run appear out of character, but Lynagh believes the cracks started to show earlier in the tournament when Australia struggled to beat Scotland in the quarter-final.

New Zealand retained the Bledisloe Cup for the 14th-straight year after outclassing an improved Wallabies.

"It's very easy for people to jump on and put the boot in", Cheika, channelling Shylock's 'if you prick us, do we not bleed?' speech from the Merchant of Venice, told reporters at Wellington Regional Stadium on Friday. "I'm sure the match review [officer] will pick that up".

Hansen denies allegation from Australia on secret meeting with referee By Rusiate Baleilevuka Monday 29/08/2016All Blacks coach Steve Hansen. If the opposition wants to have those, as per the rules, we want to have the opportunity to attend.

But Hansen, who joked this morning that he was "shattered" by Cheika's accusation, said the meeting simply didn't happen.

"From an outsider's view it looked like it was tough to get communication across for Stephen and even my bit in the back end of the game, I was finding it tough but in those high pressure moments, it's always tough", he said.

After such a comprehensive drubbing last round in Sydney, it's hard to envision the Wallabies having much more luck here.

After thrashing the Wallabies 42-8 in Sydney a week ago, this victory enabled the All Blacks to lock the Bledisloe Cup away for another year, making the third Test in October a dead rubber.

All Blacks captain Kieran Read admitted that it was a physical game in the fight for trans-Tasman supremacy.

The all Blacks scored two well worked team tries, finished off by Israel Dagg, to lead 15-9.

Wallabies flyhalf Bernard Foley slotted two penalties, while debutant Reece Hodge landed a monster penalty in the first half for the visitors, who rarely threatened on attack and lost their sixth successive match.

With three minutes to go to half time Adam Coleman tackled Ben Smith late and without arms.

"Maybe one person's head is more valued than another person's head", Cheika said.

In reality, however, the Wallabies were again simply outplayed with their game plan created to minimise the damage and prevent another thrashing in a match that doubled as part of the Bledisloe Cup series between the two sides.

Despite all the discussion, dire predictions and pre-game analysis, come Saturday night all the Wallabies will care about is getting their systems in place to give themselves the best chance at causing what would be one of the biggest upsets in history.

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