Hansen issues warning after All Blacks win Wallabies 'prizefight'

Doug Mendoza
August 20, 2018

The Wallabies' cup drought is 16 years and counting and they now face the Mt Everest like hurdle of winning at their Eden Park graveyard next Saturday and then finishing the job in Yokohama.

Pocock earned praise from his Bledisloe Cup rival Sam Cane for the way he reacted to Ryan Crotty going down with a head injury during the All Blacks' 38-13 victory over Australia in Sydney.

"Whilst we didn't score the points we wanted to score in that 20-minute phase, we did put them under a lot of pressure and I think in the end that pressure mounted and in the second half we were able to take advantage of it". "We'll get into our work straight away".

"I see that, I do".

"I was disappointed with the way we held the ball tonight".

The Wallabies head to New Zealand for the second Rugby Championship clash against the All Blacks in Auckland with fresh doubts over their set piece and familiar queries over their mental fortitude when pressured by the world champions.

"But I want the short-term wins as well".

Cheika was hopeful the three-time John Eales Medallist would be back for Australia's third Rugby Championship fixture against South Africa in Brisbane in three weeks.

Coleman, 26, was not born the last time the Wallabies beat the All Blacks at Eden Park in 1986.

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"Teams that get beaten are hungrier than teams that have won, our big challenge this week is to prepare better than them and be hungrier than them", Hansen said. We need to keep the spark in our defence and just keep coming and keep standing up in defence. From our understanding as long as you fully recover and don't go back when you're not fully recovered, then you're OK.

Debutant Jack Maddocks at least provided one bright spot for Australia as he crossed for his first Test try.

It made the Wallabies' backrow veterans David Pocock and Michael Hooper ascendant at breakdowns, further slowing and frustrating New Zealand's attack.

"Looked like he rolled it when he went up to catch so we will see after he gets a scan exactly what the diagnosis is", Cheika said.

"There's no more room for manoeuvre".

"They're a good defensive lineout and we gave them too much chance to get in the picture".

Australia's wobbly lineout - they lost seven of their own throws - will be targeted again by the All Blacks.

"I thought he [Maddocks] did ok when he went on".

Injuries aside, Hansen would have been immensely pleased with the performance of the champions, who notched their 13th successive win in the tournament after going undefeated in the last two campaigns.

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