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Wallabies suffer Thor-sized Bledisloe blow

19 August, 2018, 01:57 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Wallabies suffer Thor-sized Bledisloe blow

Former Auckland schoolboy sensation Taniela Tupou has been ruled out of tonight's Bledisloe Cup test - which would have been his first clash against the All Blacks.

Ainsley, born in Cromwell and schooled at Otago Boys' High School, plays his Super Rugby for the Melbourne Rebels.

A Jack Maddocks try gave the Wallabies a brief glint of hope but a brace of tries from Waisake Naholo at the end of the game left Australia on the receiving end of an embarrassing loss.

Sio's injury is a major blow for Australia.

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Tupou is the second leading Wallabies front rower to miss the first of three tests against the All Blacks in 2018 after regular loosehead prop Scott Sio was unavailable due to a shoulder injury. The 22-year-old they call the "Tongan Thor' has emerged as a significant contributor off the bench for the Wallabies". Dane Haylett-Petty 13. Reece Hodge 12.

A team spokesman would neither confirm nor deny the injury before the match in a clear sign the Wallabies were deliberately trying to keep it quiet from their rivals. Kurtley Beale 11. Marika Koroibete 10.

At 6-0 in front just before half-time, Michael Cheika's men appeared to have a degree of control as they tried to win the first of three Bledisloe Cup Tests and get their Championship season off to the flawless start.

Despite their troubles, they dominated much of the first half through stern defence and forged a 6-0 lead through penalty goals from Reece Hodge and Bernard Foley. Izack Rodda 3. Sekope Kepu 2. Reserves: 16. Tolu Latu 17.

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