Hansen issues warning after All Blacks win Wallabies 'prizefight'

Hansen issues warning after All Blacks win Wallabies 'prizefight'

Australia - who finished second to New Zealand during last year's Rugby Championship - have also been boosted by Michael Hooper's return.

He lamented his side's inability to capitalise on a promising start as the All Blacks made a sluggish, error-prone beginning.

The Wallabies suffered a setback even before the kick-off, with powerhouse prop Taniela Tupou ruled out after straining his hamstring during Friday's captain's run, replaced by uncapped Melbourne Rebel Jermaine Ainsley.

Beauden Barrett put the game out of contention in the second half from another Wallabies mistake and then when Israel Folau left the game injured and Australia were a man down due to his injury, Brodie Retallick sold a dummy to Bernard Foley to nearly walk in for the All Blacks' fourth try.

Australia's set piece was shaky, with the Wallabies losing seven of their eight lineouts and conceding several scrum penalties.

Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika has handed Reece Hodge the number 13 jersey for the blockbuster at ANZ Stadium, the venue where Australia shipped 54 points to world champions New Zealand 12 months ago.

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It is unclear whether the monster prop will travel with teammates to Auckland for next weekend's second Bledisloe clash against New Zealand at Eden Park.

"They had probably dominated the first half so to get that score [just before half-time] was crucial. I think the resilience within the boys was awesome".

But the match turned with two signature All Blacks strikes early in the second stanza.

Jack Maddocks scored a consolation try for Australia after making his global debut from the bench but Naholo responded with two tries in two minutes to settle the issue. Sam Whitelock 4. Brodie Retallick 3.

The All Blacks dropped Jordie Barrett from the team, opting for Waisake Naholo on the wing and Ben Smith at fullback.

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