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However, Australian supporters can take heart from a markedly better performance on the back of their first Test embarrassment in Sydney - and one that suggests the trans-Tasman rugby chasm is not as big as many believe.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika fired shots at the match officials after the narrow 35-29 loss to the All Blacks on Saturday, singling out a lack of punishment for New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick for a perceived unsafe tackle.

Belted in last year's opener, Australia took a physical approach into the second Test in Wellington and tried to get under the skin of the world champions.

"I have to tread lightly here", he said.

In Saturday's second Bledisloe in Dunedin, the Wallabies raced out to an early 17-0 lead and then appeared to steal the Test via a late Kurtley Beale try. "The look on his face was pretty excited so I am sure he's going to have a good game on Saturday".

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There were five tries apiece with the telling difference being Barrett sucessfully converting all five for the All Blacks while Bernard Foley landed only two for Australia.

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"They came out with a real intent and caught us out".

'The guy can't end up on his head any other way - just as well he didn't break his neck'.

"It was close to a fantastic performance", Hooper said.

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"It's clear his arm's in the middle of the two legs of the player but if they don't think Retallick made an illegal action there, then that's what they think".

Midway through the half the hit-back finally came when Rieko Ioane sliced through from a clever inside ball from Aaron Smith.

The All Blacks stole victory courtesy of a last-gasp Beauden Barrett try. "I've never seen that before".

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. I know chaps are throwing eggs and bombs and everything our way, that's the way she rolls.

"New Zealand were too good tonight and the pressure they applied both sides of halftime was fantastic".

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Retallick upended Hanigan as they were getting to their feet following a tackle in the first half, prompting an angry outburst from Wallabies coach Michael Cheika after referee Nigel Owens let the incident go unpunished.


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