After weeks of delays as a consequence of Covid-19 linked concerns and a stoush between the 2 boards over the positioning and timing of this fixture, the third match of the 2021 Bledisloe Cup – which doubles because the 2d Rugby Championship conflict between the Wallabies and All Blacks – finally will get underway at Optus Stadium in Perth on Sunday, 5 September.
Certainly now not mind that Australia did now not procure their hands motivate on the trophy for a 19th consecutive one year – there are Rugby Championship points still up for grabs in this Round 2 affair and there’s definite to be no love misplaced on the pitch.
Australia can also perchance draw some inspiration from the truth that their last meetings with Novel Zealand in both 2020 and 2017 resulted in home victories, at the same time as the finest meeting between these two sides at Optus Stadium observed Australia triumph 47-26 in 2019 forward of the World Cup.
That, nonetheless, accounts for all three of the Wallabies’ wins over the All Blacks from the last 19 clashes (D1, L15), at the same time as they’ve obtained beautiful two of their last 15 suits as pre-match outsiders against all oppositions (D1, L12).
The extend in this match has afforded them further preparation time although to fable for a defensive performance described by their cling scrumhalf Tate McDermott as “embarrassing” and now not befitting of an elite tier nation.
Since the begin of 2018, Australia have conceded a median of 34.09 points per head-to-head match all over all venues.
Matt Toomua is thought of as one of many victims of their most up-to-date uncomfortable outing, with exciting centre Samu Kerevi among the inclusions made by Dave Rennie in response.
Undefeated as favourites this season, the All Blacks have obtained the ‘spin to 10 points’ and recorded half-time leads in all five of their victories at the same time as scoring the opening try in four.
No topic that, bigger than 61% of their tries recorded this season were scored after half-time, contributing to all five of their suits seeing the 2d half because the best scoring half.
Gamers to be conscious
Andrew Kellaway has opened the scoring for Australia in both meetings with the All Blacks this season, at the same time as Novel Zealand’s Will Jordan has stumbled on the line in all four of his international appearances this one year.
All however one match involving both team in 2021 has exceeded the pre-match total points handicap.
15 Tom Banks, 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Seize Valetini, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper
Substitutes: 16 Lachlan Lonergan, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Nic White, 22 Reece Hodge, 23 Jordan Petaia
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 David Havili, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Brad Webber, 8 Ardie Savea (captain), 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 George Bower
Substitutes: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Ethan Blackadder, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 George Bridge
MATCH INFORMATION, TV DETAILS, KICK-OFF TIME, LIVE STREAM
Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth
Date: Sunday, 5 September, 2021
Kick-off: 08: 00 (SA time)
Referee: Damon Murphy (Australia)
Assistant Referee 1: Jordan Manner (Australia)
Assistant Referee 2: Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: Brett Cronan (Australia)