Bledisloe Cup 2020: Steve Hansen predicts All Blacks to bounce back against Wallabies

Former coach Steve Hansen is predicting the All Blacks will bounce back with a victory against the Wallabies in the second Bledisloe Cup test in Auckland on Sunday.

Hansen, who retired from the All Blacks' head coach role last year, watched his former assistant Ian Foster coach the team to a 16-16 draw in the opening Bledisloe Cup test in Wellington last weekend. 

The All Blacks were huge favourites to win that match, but the draw will give the Wallabies confidence heading into the second test, although it has been 34 years since they last won at Eden Park. 

But Hansen isn't worried and is confident the All Blacks will be extra motivated to right the wrongs of last weekend, which was often seen during his tenure from 2012-19.

During Hansen's time as All Blacks coach, the Wallabies won three tests, only for the All Blacks to pummel them a week later. 

Most notable was last year when the Wallabies won 47-26 in Perth, only for the All Blacks to win 36-0 a week later. 

"They towelled us up in Perth last year, and if you go through the history when I was there, the team who troubled us most was always Australia, regardless of how they were playing,'' Hansen told the Sydney Morning Herald. 

"The good thing is we always responded well whenever we were beaten by them. I expect that again this week. 

"They go good 'second-up', there's no doubt about that."

Australia has never beaten New Zealand in a test after a draw was played out in eight attempts, while you have to go back to 2001-02 to the last time the Wallabies claimed back-to-back wins over the All Blacks. 

Bledisloe Cup 2020: Steve Hansen predicts All Blacks to bounce back against Wallabies

That test win in 2001 was also the last time the Wallabies won in New Zealand. 

All Blacks utility Beauden Barrett, who missed the test in Wellington due to an Achilles injury, agrees and says it is important the All Blacks send a stern message to the Wallabies. 

"It is important [we make a statement]," says Barrett. 

"We take a lot of personal pride in how we prepare and perform and we never want to let the All Blacks jersey down. We want to bounce back after last week.

"There weren't too many surprises but they played a pretty efficient game and we've got to figure out how we stop that.

"We can't survive off 40 percent possession and look to dominate a game. It's been a big focus looking after that ball, and as a backs unit we all have to be responsible for that."

Although Hansen is confident the All Blacks can win, there will be plenty of nerves this weekend as his horse, Nature Strip, is competing in The Everist race in Sydney. 

The race is one of the richest in the world and Hansen will be watching with plenty of interest. 

"If both of them lose it will be a disaster,'' says Hansen. 

"In horse racing, you expect to get beaten. With the All Blacks, the expectation is they win.

"Having been there for so long there are still a lot of feelings for the All Blacks, and I want them to win, I want them to win for Fozzy [Ian Foster] and the coaching staff, I want them to win the Bledisloe Cup.''

Join us at 4pm Sunday for live updates of the second All Blacks v Wallabies Bledisloe Cup test