Western Force fight: Wallabies hope to inspire Perth rugby fans

Posted August 27, 2017

Critics rounded on the Wallabies after they were put to the sword in the first half of the Rugby Championship opener in Sydney last weekend and they responded with a rousing start under the roof in Dunedin.

Hooper's side were pilloried after the All Blacks romped to a 54-6 advantage after 48 minutes, with the biggest criticism being a lack of physicality in the tackle.

New Zealand Rugby said hoped the measures would be a first step towards an "incremental change" in fan attitudes. "We've got to expect it", Read said. You just have to admire that. "He's just got to get in the jersey and do his thing".

Cheika will finalise his bench after Friday's captain's run in Dunedin, with Lopeti Timani and Jack Dempsey battling it out for the same loose forward spot. "Both teams played to the very end and it's just unfortunate that we were put in that position in the end and that one really just cuts the heart".

Michael Cheika is vowing to do all in his power to get him back from Japan, but Sean McMahon is making no promises about his test future after a barnstorming display for the Wallabies.

Ben Smith (New Zealand): Danger lurks all over the pitch when you face the All Blacks, but in Ben Smith they have one of the best finishers in the world, something he showed in Sydney with his 17th Rugby Championship try. The funeral for Meads who died recently aged 81 is scheduled for Monday.

The Aussie mantra of "always look after your mates", while noble, can become a roadblock for some to say what needs to be said.

In seven editions, the Black Ferns have won the title four times, England twice and the United States once but a good semi-final win over the USA has given the Kiwis the momentum they need to also avenge a 29-21 defeat to England in Rotorua last June.

Read said he expected a backlash from the Wallabies. His two second half tries against the Wallabies, including the match-winner, will join his final try in the World Cup final and the two tries against Wales in 2014 as moments when Barrett entered "the zone", which sees him operate among the gods of sport, such as Roger Federer, Usain Bolt and Lionel Messi.

"We gave ourselves plenty of opportunities, we took them when we did and we probably left a couple out there as well, but that's rugby".

"They're risky, they're hungry, they've certainly got a point to prove, so you can't take any team lightly". They're unsafe, they're hungry, they've certainly got a point to prove, so you can't take any team lightly.