All Blacks coach Ian Foster feels the spark in the Bledisloe Cup rivalry has been reignited, after he and Dave Rennie kicked off their respective coaching tenures with a heart-stopping 16-all draw in Wellington.
The Wallabies proved they won't be easy beats under Rennie and after 18 years of trans-Tasman heartache, there's a feeling they may have turned a corner.
"I liked it the way it was," Foster says with a grin. "But it does, and I'll keep saying it, that was a good Australian team last night.
The draw means the Bledisloe Cup becomes a best of three series and home advantage swings firmly back to the Wallabies.
"I'm assuming they feel pretty good about that, and so well done, but I don't feel on the back foot," Foster insists.
No one felt the increase in aggression more than All Blacks pivot Richie Mo'unga, who was on the receiving end of some ferocious defence.
Mo'unga expects precisely the same throughout the next three tests.
"We expected that intensity and we expected them to come out exactly like they did," Mo'unga says.
But if the Wallabies are to take to head home with a one-game advantage, they now have to try and win at Eden Park for the first time since 1986.
"Obviously the All Blacks have got a fantastic record there but it's the same sized field as everywhere else," says Rennie.
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