"It concerns us" - All Blacks rattled by Ryan Crotty concussion

Jose Verdugo
Agosto 20, 2018

Hansen said he expected a better performance from the Wallabies in Auckland after they started strongly in Sydney but only to squander possession and succumb to a five-try blitz in the second half.

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"You're in New Zealand, so you're going to get the same feeling everywhere, I just thought it'd be somewhere different".

The All Blacks went on to win 38-13.

Folau's unavailability leaves young guns Jack Maddocks and Tom Banks in line to fill the champion full-back's boots, although Kurtley Beale also looms as an option with Matt Toomua a candidate for inside centre.

"We've only got one hand on the trophy", said skipper Kieran Read, who made a triumphant return to the Test arena with a typically wholehearted 80-minute captain's knock after undergoing spinal surgery last December.

"There was too much ball given back to the opposition, both from set-pieces and general play", Cheika said afterwards.

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"He got a few touches and got a try as well so, yeah, I would imagine he would be there".

'Their backs are against the wall and they're going to improve, ' he said. "The resilience of the boys was awesome".

The Wallabies must win at Eden park for the first time since 1986 to have any chance of reclaiming the Bledisloe Cup.

"The job's the same, we've still got to win two games".

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen lamented Crotty's "bad luck" to be hit by friendly fire and said a specialist had already given the midfielder the "all-clear".

"I'm the coach of the team, I want those things to go well and we prepare for those things to go well, but even when they don't the opportunity's still there to go and make the tackles, get the ball back and get the ball, and we still had plenty of ball even losing those lineouts".

"The first half was like two big bulls in the ring head-butting each other."

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