Australia stun 14-man All Blacks in Perth

Australia stun 14-man All Blacks in Perth
Australia's Nic White scores a try during the Rugby Championship Test. (AFP)

Perth - Winger Reece Hodge scored two of their six tries as Australia ran up their highest tally of points



By Reuters

Published: Sat 10 Aug 2019, 10:41 PM

Last updated: Sun 11 Aug 2019, 12:45 AM

Australia gave themselves a huge boost ahead of the World Cup when they stunned a New Zealand side reduced to 14 men for half the match 47-26 in a thrilling Rugby Championship Test in Perth on Saturday.
Lock Scott Barrett's dismissal for a dangerous tackle just before halftime undoubtedly had a big impact on the contest but the Wallabies were well worth their first win over the world champions since 2017.
Winger Reece Hodge scored two of their six tries as Australia ran up their highest tally of points in 165 Tests against the All Blacks and gave themselves a chance of regaining the Bledisloe Cup they last raised aloft in 2002.
Australia, who play the second Bledisloe test in Auckland next week, could yet win the Rugby Championship for the first time since 2015 but they will need Argentina to beat South Africa in Salta later on Saturday.
That will matter little to Michael Cheika and his team, who have endured four largely miserable seasons since they lost to the All Blacks in the last World Cup final.
Lock Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, scrumhalf Nic White, winger Marika Koroibete and fullback Kurtley Beale also crossed for the Wallabies in front of a packed house of 61,241 at Perth Stadium. 
 


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