Watch Bledisloe Cup 2018 New Zealand vs Australia Live Streaming Free Online Game 2 Rugby Championship. The 2018 Bledisloe Cup All Blacks vs Wallabies match will be kick off at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand, Australia, Saturday 25 August 2018 online, Time 07:35 GMT and its broadcast on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport,Sky Italia, Canal Plus,BSkyB,ESPN,SportsNet World,DIRECTV,SNTV and online.
The Wallabies last beat the men in black at the spiritual home of New Zealand rugby in 1986, with New Zealand winning the last 17 Tests on the bounce against Australia at the venue, including their last four by an average margin of 27 points per game.
The Wallabies were penalised heavily at the scrum last week – perhaps unduly so in some circumstances by referee Jaco Peyper – while their tackle and lineout stats were unmitigated disasters.
Head coach Michael Cheika has reacted by dropping last week’s starting props Tom Robertson and Sekope Kepu to the bench, with Scott Sio and Allan Allalatoa coming in to start, while hooker Tolu Latu is dropped from the squad entirely.
The one other backline change sees the pocket-rocket Ngani Laumape take the 12 jersey to replace Ryan Crotty who was concussed when the All Blacks beat the Wallabies 38-13 in Sydney last week.
The starting forward pack is unchanged — with tighthead prop Owen Franks to play his milestone 100th Test — but on the bench Ofa Tuungafasi comes in for Tim Perry.
Another win to New Zealand will give them the Bledisloe Cup, contested annually between the two countries, for a 16th straight year.
They will also move a step closer to a sixth title in seven years in the Rugby Championship which also involves South Africa and Argentina.
Although the final score in the first Test of the series portrayed an overwhelming All Blacks victory, not everything went according to plan and they trailed 6-5 at half-time.
With Ryan Crotty sidelined due to concussion, Ngani Laumape gets a rare opportunity in the world champions’ run-on side. At his best, Laumape is one of the most devastating ball carriers in the game and he has the ability to burst through tackles with ease. The 25-year-old has been inconsistent for the Hurricanes at Super Rugby level, however, and was initially left out of the world champions’ Rugby Championship squad. He will be determined to show All Blacks coach Steve Hansen that was a mistake with a strong attacking display. This Test is also a momentous occasion for veteran prop Owen Franks, who becomes only the ninth All Black to play 100 Tests. He will be keen to celebrate that achievement with a win and hopefully also a try as he has played more games than any other player in Test history without having dotted down.
If the visitors want to keep their Bledisloe Cup hopes alive and stun the All Blacks in their own backyard, they will need their half-back pairing of Will Genia and Bernard Foley to be at their best. When on song, both are brilliant playmakers, who have the ability to dictate the pace of a game and get the best out of their team-mates. For them to do that, their forwards must dominate of course but Genia and Foley’s decision making and game management will be pivotal if the Wallabies want to return to winning ways.
The battle at the base of the scrum between New Zealand’s Kieran Read and Australia’s David Pocock will be keenly contested as they are amongst the best loose forwards in the business. Both players are important to their respective teams’ causes although they bring different attributes into battle. Read showed glimpses of his attacking ability in Sydney last week while Pocock was arguably the Wallabies’ best player and his workrate – especially on defence and at the breakdown – was particularly impressive.
New Zealand: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Waisake Naholo, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown.
Australia: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Lukhan Tui, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Folau Faingaa, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Tom Banks.