Live updates: Bledisloe Cup 2018 - All Blacks vs Wallabies


80mins: Wallabies having one final go as the hooter sounds but Maddocks is tackled over the sideline and that's fulltime! All Blacks retain the Bledisloe Cup.

79mins: Laumape attracts plenty of attention, finds Naholo on the left wing and he's away! He steps out of one tackle, before stepping inside the cover defence and he's in for the try. Nevermind. TMO's had a look. Laumape's pass was forward.

77mins: Hodge charges it up but he's met hard by a wall of All Blacks defence. Australia certainly won't die wondering, playing with plenty of intent but the ABs turn it over.

74mins: Laumape sets off on a strong charge before Perenara fights his way towards the Wallabies 22m. All Blacks not finished just yet. 

71mins: ALL BLACKS TRY - BARRETT: All Blacks turn it over after a promising passage by Australia. McKenzie's in space! He links up with Lienert-Brown, he finds Smith outside him before one final pass to who else?! Beauden Barrett! And the first-five is in in the corner for his fourth try! Incredible.

68mins: Savea wins the turnover for the All Blacks. New Zealand go wide right and they have a  huge overlap as Retallick gets it, he gives it to Barrett on his outside and he goes over for his fourth try! No! Wait, they've asked the TMO and there was a knock on by Savea in the lead up. No try.

64mins: All Blacks break out again! This time through Laumape as he beats a couple of would-be tacklers. He's got Perenara inside, looks to pass but the ABs halfback is tackled without the ball and Pocock is penalised.

62mins: ALL BLACKS TRY - BARRETT: Beauden Barrett gets the ball on the backfoot on halfway, throws the dummy, puts the foot down and he's away! He's got plenty of support, but backs himself and cuts through Genie and the covering Haylett-Petty to score the try. A hat-trick for Barrett. Brilliant.

60mins: Both sides finding space but it comes for Laumape before he puts the head down and rides the tackle. ABs kick ahead but Genia does well to clean up before Beale clears it down field.

58mins: Jordie shapes to kick, doesn't and is met hard before Smith and Beauden combine nicely. All Blacks playing with the advantage, Pocock turns it over so we'll come back for the penalty.

56mins: WALLABIES TRY - HODGE: Genia goes right from the scrum, he pops it to Foley and he wriggles his way through! He puts the foot down, one to beat in Jordie Barrett, pops it on his inside to Hodge and he dives over for the try!

54mins: Australia right on their own try line, Genia finds Pocock on the charge and he bumps off Cane! The All Blacks openside is slow to get up and he'll have to make way. Nasty collision.

52mins: Maddocks is crunched by Franks but he holds on as the Wallabies go through Genia up the middle. Koroibete puts the head and makes a strong run before Polota-Nau knocks it on. Naholo gets the ball, steps out of one tackle, gives it to Jordie Barrett! He's just got Foley to beat, he looks for the corner but is tackled over the sideline! What an effort from Foley.

50mins: ALL BLACKS TRY - SQUIRE: All Blacks building steadily, attacking through Jordie Barrett and Cane. Retallick gets the ball, sees Squire surging on his outside, pops the short ball and he's in under the sticks. New Zealand running riot.

48mins: Retallick does brilliantly to disrupt the Wallabies maul and force the error. Smith shapes to put the ball into the scrum but the Australian front-row goes down and are penalised.

46mins: Goodhue slips after taking in the kick-off but does well to find contact and spot the ball. Barrett sees brother, Jordie by himself on the right wing, puts in the cross-field kick but it takes an ugly bounce into touch.

44mins: ALL BLACKS TRY - MOODY: All Blacks forwards looking to bash their over, working their way through the middle, just 10 or so metres out. Moody gets a short ball and powers his way through three players to crash over for the try.

41mins: We're back underway and it's Hooper who claims the kick-off before Genia kicks long for Beauden Barrett to run it right back and he's met hard. Barnes pings Alaalatoa for taking a player out without the ball. 


40mins: Jordie thumps the kick down field before Haylett-Petty shows good feet, taking it up to half way. Siren sounds before Hodge is smashed by Squire. Wallabies still with it as Koroibete tries the offload but it's forward and that's halftime.

38mins: ALL BLACKS TRY - BARRETT: All Blacks turn it over and break out from their own 22m! Taylor and Ben Smith combine nicely down the right wing before Goodhue's tackled just metres out from the try line! They have to score and they do through Beauden Barrett! He crashes over his second.

36mins: All Blacks showing plenty of intent on attack, going side-to-side but not making much progress. Rettalick drops the shoulder and rides the tackle but Pocock's right up over him and wins the turnover.

34mins: Ben Smith does beautifully to claim the kick on the run before offloading to Read. The ABs number eight tries the grubber but Genia's boot stops it in its tracks before Koroibete comes up with it.

32mins: Barrett goes long with the kick-off and it's Hooper who claims it and runs it straight. Foley's back in the pocket and kicks long but it's not out and the All Blacks look to hit right back.

30mins: WALLABIES TRY - GENIA: Finally the ball comes for Genia. He attacks the All Blacks defensive line, throws the dummy, puts the head down and gets it down for the try! Great play from the Wallabies halfback.

28mins: Make that another penalty, this time Franks the guilty party for "lying down" on his face. All Blacks front-row under immense pressure at the moment. Another penalty could be a card.

26mins: Moody goes straight down at the scrum and the Wallabies opt for another. It's bang in front, but they want more than just three points.

24mins: Pocock manages to secure the ball from a dodgy Wallabies scrum before Maddocks puts the kick in, Koroibete claims it, but his pass is intercepted by Smith before the ABs knock on.

Wallabies piling on the pressure, looking to bash their way over and they get the penalty after Rettalick is pinged at the breakdown.

22mins: Taylor lucky to get away with one, was off his feet but Barnes rules he was within his rights to the ball but knocked on.

20mins: Wallabies concede another penalty for taking out an All Black without the ball. They were looking promising, inside the NZ 22m but again, discipline proves costly.

18mins: Squire gets up to claim the lineout ball as the All Blacks look to drive. They break through Goodhue, but his pass to Beauden is knocked back by the Wallabies and Beale clears.

16mins: Haylett-Petty looks to run the ball back and splits the All Blacks defence open before offloading to his support player on the inside. Wallabies looking to hit right back but concede the penalty at the breakdown.

14mins: ALL BLACKS TRY - BARRETT: All Blacks finding space now as Naholo makes good ground down the left wing after a break from Jordie. New Zealand building nicely, putting it through the phases as they approach the 22m. Beauden runs a superb line, gets the ball from Smith and he goes over untouched for the try.

12mins: Laumape has a second crack from an All Blacks lineout win but is met well by two Wallabies tacklers. Pocock looks to get over him and steal the ball but he's penalised for never releasing.

11mins: Laumape's first touch isn't a great one as he has the ball ripped away from him by Beale and the Wallabies now in possession. Beale tries to find the corner with the kick but it's gone out on the full.

9mins: Haylett-Petty almost gets around Goodhue but gets the offload away to Maddocks and he's tackled along the sideline. We'll come back for a penalty. All Blacks pinged at the maul before.

7mins: Retallick rips the ball away from Tui and the All Blacks turn it over. Beauden spots space and kicks behind the Australian defence before the All Blacks get up to steal the lineout. Beauden again puts boot to ball and finds the touch inside the Wallabies 22m.

5mins: Scrum goes straight to deck but the ball's there for Read to play at. All Blacks go left through Goodhue, he fires a long cutout pass to Naholo but it's well forward and we'll come back for a scrum.

3mins: Naholo slips the first tackle to put the All Blacks on the front foot, up to half way but Taylor knocks on before Koroibete sets off on a run down the right wing before being tackled into touch.

1mins: Jordie claims the kick-off and is met hard. Beauden's kick is charged, but he does well to clean up and find plenty of space down field.

7:35pm: We're just about underway. It's Australia kicking-off, New Zeland playing from left to right. Let's go!

7:34pm: Now, time for the haka. Last item on the agenda before kick-off. Perenara leading the Kapa 'O Pango.

7:32pm: New Zealand anthem now up. Vince Harder performing 'God Defend New Zealand' with the crowd in full voice.

7:30pm: Time for the anthems. Australia 'Advance Australia Fair' first up.

7:28pm: Hooper leads out the Wallabies onto Eden Park. Australia have gone with a new propping pair to fix last week's scrum woes. And at the forefront of their troubles was Owen Franks. The All Blacks tighthead leads out the team in his 100th test.

7:25pm: So news is Sam Cane is playing tonight. He was in doubt after sitting out yesterday's captain's run. 

7:20pm: Welcome to part two of tonight's double-header! Can the All Blacks follow the Black Ferns' lead and topple the Aussies? We'll find out in about 80 minutes.

Kia ora and welcome to the second Bledisloe Cup test between the All Blacks and Wallabies from Eden Park, Auckland.

We bring you live streaming written commentary, (BE SURE TO REFRESH YOUR BROWSER), and all the action.

Commentary will start around 7.20pm. In the meantime, watch the video above as Newshub rugby reporter, Ross Karl breaks down Ngani Laumape's inclusion in the All Blacks.

New Zealand were dominant winners in Sydney last week, and can lock away the Bledisloe Cup for another year with victory tonight.

Veteran prop, Owen Franks will bring up his 100th test cap, while second-five, Ngani Laumape will have the chance to impress after replacing the injured, Ryan Crotty.

Openside flanker, Sam Cane has been named to play, but is questionable to lace up the boots after sitting our yesterday's captain's run.

While Australia will be without star fullback, Israel Folau after he succumbed to an injury in last week's defeat.

Live updates: Bledisloe Cup 2018 - All Blacks vs Wallabies


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

 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

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

 16 Folau Faingaa, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Tom Banks

Match officials
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Luke Pearce (England)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Previous results
2018: New Zealand won 38-13 in Sydney
2017: Australia won 23-18 in Brisbane
2017: New Zealand won 35-29 in Dunedin
2017: New Zealand won 54-34 in Sydney
2016: New Zealand won 37-10 in Auckland

All Blacks $1.05 Australia $9.50

Pre-match banter: Steve Hansen shows faith in unwanted Ngani Laumape

Despite Ngani Laumape’s omission from the All Blacks' original Rugby Championship squad, coach Steve Hansen has obviously not lost faith in his rampaging midfielder.

That confidence has seen Laumape selected to start in the number 12 jersey in Saturday's return Bledisloe test at Eden Park.

Live updates: Bledisloe Cup 2018 - All Blacks vs Wallabies

Originally named only as an injury replacement in the squad, Laumape has been thrust back into the fold, with Ryan Crotty facing another lengthy spell on the sidelines.

"We haven’t lost any faith in Ngani, just because we didn’t include him in the original group," said Hansen.

"We feel like he's a quality player, so much so that we're happy to have him in the starting side."

It was widely expected that Anton Lienert-Brown's impressive 68-minute effort off the bench on Saturday would have been enough to have earn him the start in Auckland.

But Hansen says they'd rather retain the Chiefs midfielder as an impact substitute, favouring Laumape's ability as a specialist second five-eighths in the run-on XV.

"For the same reason we picked Ryan [Crotty] ahead of Lienert-Brown last week - we think he's doing a fantastic job for us off the bench

"He understands what his role is, and it doesn’t matter if it's 12 minutes into the game or at some later stage, he's fulfilling the role really well.

"Ngani, I think, will be a lot more comfy starting and he'll provide us with something that we're probably looking for in that midfield.

"We want a specialist in that role to see how it works, as much for Saturday as for the future."

After naming the squad two weeks ago, Hansen cited Laumape's communication issues as the primary reason he wasn't included in the main group, despite an outstanding campaign for the Hurricanes.

"He's aware of it and he's been working on it. Ngani plays outside a position where there's a massive amount of pressure put on a 10 to make all the right decisions.

"We’re just asking him to talk about things that he may be hearing from other players and also what he's seeing himself.”

This week’s other contentious selection point surrounded the reshuffling of outside backs, after Rieko Ioane's hamstring tear.

The selectors have opted to shift Ben Smith to the wing and bring Jordie Barrett in at the back, overlooking the likes of Nehe Milner-Skudder and Damian McKenzie.

Hansen believes Milner-Skudder is still short on match fitness, after an injury-plagued Super Rugby campaign for the Hurricanes.

They'll give him both this weekend and next to show his wares for Manawatu in the Mire 10 Cup, before deciding whether he'll make the trip to Buenos Aires, says Hansen.

"If we do then pick him against Argentina, he'll be in good shape to come out and show us what he's made of. He hasn’t had that opportunity for some time."