Published: Mon, August 28, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Wallabies fall at the death in Dunedin thriller

The Wallabies have suffered a heartbreaking 29-35 defeat to New Zealand, conceding a last-gasp try after leading for much of the night at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

The final quarter descended into a see-saw battle with Genia finishing a counterattack that he had sparked before Ben Smith appeared to have given New Zealand the lead for good when he crossed in the 71st minute.

With him went the last flicker of hope for the Wallabies faithful. I don't want it to be taken that way.But there were some calls a year ago in Auckland and we've been hit again here.

"We came here to win, we had confidence we were going to win and we didn't get that".

"We've got to let our game do the talking tomorrow, that's it".

Never did the phrase "you don't get to write your own script" seem more apt than when Moore was replaced at the end of the first half because the Wallabies scrum was getting crunched.

Captain Michael Hooper in the 11th minute and flyhalf Bernard Folau, in the 15th, added tries which stunned the All Blacks in Dunedin's indoor stadium. "There's a few guys who haven't, so they're pretty hungry".

They flew into a 17-0 lead, only for the All Blacks to gnaw away at their lead as only New Zealand can: they managed to head to the dressing rooms at half time just three points down.

There was that brilliant strip on Williams close to the try line in the second half, but don't forget the thumping tackle on Williams minutes earlier.

"I think they've always been a good side", he said post-match.

Cheika claimed several calls went against the Wallabies in the tense Rugby Championship clash in which the All Blacks came from behind in a frantic finish to snatch victory with a try two minutes from fulltime. 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.

But once they settled down and made the passes stick they began to make inroads.

"They could have easily won the match", All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said.

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. "We just have to keep building on things, we need to be more consistent and it's just a combination of the big picture and little technique stuff".

After Beale's try, the All Blacks seemed down and out but again found the capacity to rebound, instantly making the winning try for Barrett.

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