Australia miss out after topsy-turvy Test finish

They told them they were dreaming.

Attacking threat: Wallabies inside centre Kurtley Beale.

"I think he would've said it was a pretty darn good game and he'd be pretty happy I'm sure that the All Blacks got on top".

"However, this is a new week, and we're well aware that we'll have to be better in all areas of our game, and we've concentrated on those areas we want to improve".

"People would be justified to think that".

Coleman has an ongoing shoulder issue which flared up in training on Thursday and was yanked early from Friday's captain's run at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Hansen had special reason to savour the win after pundits, fans and the media in rugby-mad New Zealand had started to question the team's mental toughness following a drawn series against the British and Irish Lions earlier this year.

While some of that might be true, it didn't bother the Wallabies as they stood in a pyramid formation mirroring the All Blacks as they performed the haka.

Rugby in Australia is in disarray both on field and off and Read was wary of the potential for Michael Cheika's men to try to throw the hosts off their game with some niggle. "So we made the decision this morning we would take him out".

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"Huge blow, literally just found out this morning", Hooper said. "He's well worth the investment Izack, he's got a really good attitude and he's going to have a great test in his first game for Australia". But more important than the luck was an added enthusiasm to get up hard in defence, to compete at the breakdown and slow down the ball, to take the hard line and cart up the ball, and to throw caution to the wind and let the ball do the work.

Hooper said Coleman was a loss but it was just a chance for another player, and he had full confidence in youngster Rodda, who is in his first Super Rugby season.

The All Blacks next play in a fortnight, hosting Argentina in their third Rugby Championship Test.

And that was it, one of the greatest tests ever played.

"It's a blow for one guy but it's an opportunity for another, isn't it?"

Australia were brilliant in attack and fearless on defence.

With the rather uninspiring results by the Wallabies since the last World Cup in 2015, it is no surprise that Cheika has many detractors and recently received hate mail after the 54-34 defeat in Sydney last week.

Lock Sam Whitelock has already said he would donate his number five jersey from the match that doubles as a Bledisloe Cup game to the Meads family and Read said the team had thought of what else they could do to honour his legacy. If you look at it, last week we did not do the things we needed to do to prepare.

"We could have easily gone into our shells but we spoke about coming out there and playing".

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