6 minutes: NZ 0 AUS 0
Savea almost went overboard, but she kept up. Penalty advantage. Let’s go back to another five-yard scrum here…
6 minutes: NZ 0 AUS 0
The All Blacks have a scrum, 10 yards into their own half. Australia a man so a large discrepancy in package weight.
Savea and Smith unload very well. They switch to the left flank and Beauden Barrett dodges a couple of tackles before launching one over the top. The All Blacks win a scrum, five yards out.
2 minutes: NZ 0 AUS 0
A very dangerous move by Jed Holloway. He lifts the man off of him and throws him headfirst onto the deck. Light yellow there and go down by 10.
Foley gets us going.
moment of silence
For Queen Elizabeth II before the national anthems.
Only a few minutes left to go now…
New Zealand: Beauden Barrett, Will Jordan, Rieko Ioane, Jordie Barrett, Caleb Clarke, Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith; Ardie Savea, Dalton Papali’i, Akira Ioane, Sam Whitelock (Captain), Brodie Retallick, Tyrel Lomax, Codie Taylor, Ethan de Groot.
Bookings: Samisoni Taukei’aho, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Nepo Laulala, Tupou Vaa’i, Hoskins Sotutu, Finlay Christie, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Sevu Reece.
Australia: Andrew Kellaway, Tom Wright, Len Ikitau, Lalakai Foketi, Marika Koroibete, Bernard Foley, Jake Gordon; Harry Wilson, Pete Samu, Rob Valetini, Cadeyrn Neville, Jed Holloway, Allan Alaalatoa, David Porecki, James Slipper (captain).
Bookings: Folau Fainga’a, Angus Bell, Pone Fa’amausili, Nick Frost, Fraser McReight, Nic White, Reece Hodge, Jordan Petaia.
Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of the clash between New Zealand and Australia at Auckland’s Eden Park in the final round of the Rugby Championship.
The All Blacks won last week’s match between the teams in Melbourne in controversial circumstances to retain the Bledisloe Cup for the 20th consecutive year and remain top of the Championship table.
But it was not without controversy.
The Wallabies were outraged that a rule rarely applied in modern rugby robbed them of a victory that could have seen them regain the Bledisloe Cup after two decades.
Australia was leading 37-34 with a minute left in the match when the All Blacks conceded a penalty for a broken line. The Australian players celebrated as fly-half Bernard Foley prepared to kick into touch to set up a lineout that could have been the last play of the match.
But French referee Mathieu Raynal felt that Foley was taking too long to kick the ball, warned him and then penalized him for wasting time, awarding the All Blacks a scrum from which they scored the winning try.
Australia sought clarification of Raynal’s decision from World Rugby and head coach Dave Rennie claims the world body supported his view that it was incorrect.
“We’ve decided to just take that on the chin and we’re going to move on,” Rennie said. “We looked for a little bit of clarity and we got it. It’s not going to help us win the weekend.”
New Zealand have not lost a Test at Eden Park in 28 years and have not lost to Australia at Auckland Stadium since 1986. But this has been a year of firsts: the All Blacks have suffered their first Test defeat to Ireland. in New Zealand, their first series at home against Ireland for the first time. They then lost to Argentina in New Zealand for the first time.
So it looks like the time has come for Australia to break their bad luck at Eden Park and they will be all the more determined to do so given the circumstances of last weekend’s loss.