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Wallabies claim rare Bledisloe Cup victory to put Wales unofficially on top
By Raga House | Sat 10 Aug, 2019 20:13

The Wallabies produced their best display, arguably since the last World Cup, to claim a rare Bledisloe Cup victory over the All Blacks following a 47-26 triumph in Perth on Saturday.

Wales are now unofficially ranked the number one side in the world after Australia defeated New Zealand.

The All Blacks have provisionally slipped off the top spot for the first time in 10 years following their 47-26 defeat in Perth.

Wales will officially be ranked top on Monday if they avoid defeat against England on Sunday at Twickenham.

New Zealand did play half of the match with 14 men after Scott Barrett was sent off, which was just their fourth red card ever and their first since Sonny Bill Williams was dismissed against the British and Irish Lions in 2017.

It was a key moment in the contest, but Australia were still the better team before that incident and deserved the 13-12 lead handed to them by Reece Hodge’s try and the accurate kicking of Christian Lealiifano.

New Zealand responded through tries from Anton Lienert-Brown and Rieko Ioane but they were powerless to stop an excellent Aussie outfit.

Lealiifano added another off the tee on the stroke of half-time before Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Nic White, Marika Koroibete, Hodge and Kurtley Beale completed the win, despite Beauden Barrett’s and Ngani Laumape’s consolation efforts.

The result puts the Wallabies back on track ahead of the World Cup while further questions will be asked of the All Blacks, who have struggled for form over the past three matches.

It has been a disappointing Rugby Championship on the whole, but this was in stark contrast to the previous four games in the competition. Although there were still a number of errors, it was a far more entertaining affair which saw a particularly thrilling opening quarter.

-Story by Planet Rugby 

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