Published by AFP and Staff Writers, 25 August 2018 on foxsports.com.au
THE under fire Wallabies presented a bullish face in Auckland on the eve of the second Test despite the All Blacks being on the verge of claiming the Bledisloe Cup for a 16th consecutive year.
“Our backs are not against the wall,” insisted captain Michael Hooper when questioned about New Zealand’s dominant 38-13 win in the opening match in Sydney last week.
“We believe in our shape, we believe in what we can do… the mindset’s confident, the mindset understands what we need to do to be a contending team all the time.”
The All Blacks’ win in Sydney put them one up in the best of three series.
Kickoff is 5.35pm Saturday AEST with live coverage on Fox Sports.
WALLABIES: Dane Haylett-Petty, Jack Maddocks, Reece Hodge, Kurtley Beale, Marika Koroibete, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, David Pocock, Michael Hooper (c), Lukhan Tui, Adam Coleman, Izack Rodda, Allan Alaalatoa, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Scott Sio
Reserves: Folau Faingaa, Tom Robertson, Sekope Kepu, Rob Simmons, Pete Samu, Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua, Tom Banks
ALL BLACKS: Jordie Barrett, Ben Smith, Jack Goodhue, Ngani Laumape, Waisake Naholo, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (c), Sam Cane, Liam Squire, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody
Reserves: Nathan Harris, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi, Scott Barrett, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Damian McKenzie, Anton Lienert-Brown