Australia disappointed with the drawn result in Bledisloe Cup opener - Dave Rennie

Dave Rennie replaced Michael Cheika as head coach of Australia
Dave Rennie replaced Michael Cheika as head coach of Australia
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Australia head coach Dave Rennie said the Wallabies were disappointed following the 16-16 draw against New Zealand in the Bledisloe Cup opener at Sky Stadium in Wellington.

New Zealand were leading 13-3 at the start of the second half but back to back tries from Marika Koroibete and Filipo Daugunu helped the Wallabies level the scores before James O'Connor kicked a penalty goal put Rennie's men in front.

Jordie Barrett's penalty in the closing stage helped the All Blacks level the scores leaving both the sides unseparated in the entire game.

Rennie said even though he is proud of the team's performance on what has been their first international game this year, he said the result left them 'disappointed'.

“We’re disappointed,” added Rennie.

“We’re certainly not celebrating in the changerooms.

“We’re miles away from where we need to be.

“We let ourselves down.

“We found a lot of space in behind them, we had a lot of ball but the quality of our cleanout just wasn’t good enough and it’s area we need to be better next week. We gave away 14 penalties and a big chunk of those were post-tackle.”

Australia's last Bledisloe Cup title victory came way back in 2002 and they will now face New Zealand in the second game of the series at Eden Park in Auckland on 18th October.

 

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