Brisbane - Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has announced his resignation after New Zealand scored a converted try in the last few seconds to claim a dramatic 29-28 victory over the Wallabies in the third Bledisloe Cup test in Brisbane on Saturday.
SCOREBOARD: Wallabies v All Blacks
Australia looked destined to emerge
from two weeks of turmoil over the Kurtley Beale saga with a famous
victory until centre Malakai Fekitoa crossed for New Zealand's fourth
try, which replacement flyhalf Colin Slade calmly converted.
second stunning blow followed soon after the final whistle when
McKenzie, who had come under fire for his role in the Beale affair, said
he was walking away from the job after 15 months in charge.
Cory Jane and hooker Dane Coles scored for the visitors in the first
half and scrumhalf Aaron Smith's 69th minute try kept the All Blacks in a
thrilling game they had been chasing all evening.
about having to play for 80 minutes and that was the way that was
tonight," New Zealand skipper Richie McCaw said in a pitchside TV
"Both teams came here to play but the boys showed composure at the end to get the points when we had to."
from halfbacks Nick Phipps and Bernard Foley in the first half and one
after the break from winger Adam Ashley-Cooper, playing in his 100 test,
were Australia's reward for a performance of rare intensity.
Bledisloe Cup was already lost for another year but this could have been
a win the Wallabies would have cherished after defeats to South Africa
and Argentina in their last two outings and the row which could see
Beale kicked out of Australian rugby next week.
The All Blacks
were also coming off a loss after their defeat at the hands of the
Springboks two weeks ago, though, and they were determined to avoid
losing two tests in a row for the first time since 2011.
started at a frenetic pace and the Wallabies scored first in the 12th
minute when centre Christian Lealiifano found a gap for a 30 metre break
and a couple of phases later Phipps went over from close range.
converted but the All Blacks counter-punch took a matter of seconds,
centre Conrad Smith claiming the re-start before number eight Kieran
Read put Jane over in the corner.
Captain Michael Hooper handed
the ball to Foley after 32 minutes to give the Wallabies a 10-7 lead
with his first penalty but again the All Blacks hit straight back.
appeared to have their defence in order as the ball swept down the New
Zealand backline but hooker Coles dummied and charged through a huge gap
to touch down.
missed an easy conversion and this time it was Australia with an
immediate response, Foley pouncing from close range to dot down in the
corner and give his side a 15-12 halftime lead.
after the break and they extended the lead to 22-12 with a converted try
from winger Adam Ashley-Cooper, who cut inside his marker for his 29th
five-pointer for his country.
Barrett cut the deficit to seven
points with a penalty after 54 minutes but Foley kicked his second four
minutes later and from the ensuing re-start All Blacks replacement
Patrick Tuipulotu was sin-binned for tackling Rob Simmons in the air.
was the All Blacks who got the next score, though, Smith getting his
reward for a quickly taken penalty close to the home try line to reduce
the lead to 25-22.
Replacement scrumhalf Nic White had the of
45,186 crowd on their feet when he extended it by another three points
three minutes from time but you write New Zealand off at your peril and
the All Blacks pounded away until Fekitoa found a gap.
"So tough, to be winning until the bell is gutting," said Hooper.
it's step up from where we were ... and it's a test of character to
come out and put on the performance we did. It's disappointing tonight
but we have to learn from that."