19th July 06:25 AM
Winning opening Bledisloe Cup clash vital for Wallabies
By Iva Danford
Wednesday 09/08/2017
(Photo: sydney).

If the Wallabies are to end their Bledisloe Cup drought against the All Blacks, winning the opening clash next Saturday would obviously be a good start.

The Wallabies handed over the Bledisloe Cup in 2003 and haven't touched it since.

Over the drought they've won the first Bledisloe Cup clash just three times but then gone on to fail to close out the series.

The All Blacks may look somewhat vulnerable following a series draw with the British and Irish Lions, however that result looks impressive compared to Australia's June results which included a defeat to Scotland, two average wins over Italy and Fiji.

Last year's opening clash in Sydney took the transtasman rivalry to a new low with the All Blacks handing the Wallabies a 42‑8 thrashing.

Next Saturday's test will be the sixth straight year that Sydney has hosted the opening Bledisloe Cup test of the year and the All Blacks have a relatively low 58.33 percent winning record at Stadium Australia but since losing back‑to‑back encounters in 2007 and 2008, the world champions have six of the last eight.

The Wallabies will take on the All Blacks at 10pm next Saturday.

Source: NZ Herald

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