Late change in kick-off time for All Blacks and Wallabies first test

Richie Mo'unga has enjoyed a outstanding season for the Crusaders

Richie Mo'unga has enjoyed a outstanding season for the Crusaders

"They had momentum for the first 20 and then we managed to get a bit of ball and keep it and force them to make a few tackles".

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.

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

"It's an opportunity for someone who's going to come into the team".

"Between himself and Banks they'll be looking to fill that spot this week during training and whoever gets the opportunity I'm sure will go well".

Brumbies duo Folau Faingaa and Rory Arnold will also travel to Auckland, along with Melbourne centre Billy Meakes, to assist with training.

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

Cheika said the heavy loss in the Bledisloe opener didn't change anything, except there was now no "room for manoeuvre".

The All Blacks can win the Bledisloe Cup, the annual trophy contested between the trans-Tasman nations, for a 16th successive year with victory at Eden Park, where they have not lost to Australia in 32 years.




That's also been a serious drought, with the All Blacks holding the Cup since 2003.

"It's about being on, us staying on in the mind all the time around what we need to bring".

"He's been a wonderful, wonderful player for the All Blacks for a long time and to play one test for your country is an fantastic thing but to be able to play 100 you're a pretty special player", Hansen said.

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"It speaks pretty highly of his character and the type of guy he is if he's willing to put the battle to one side in that moment and put the player's welfare first", said Sam Cane, the All Blacks openside flanker and Pocock's chief breakdown rival.

"You can't sook about it, you've got to get on with it", he said.

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

"They had probably dominated that half so for us to get back in touch on the scoreboard was great".

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