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After seven successive defeats Australia claim long-awaited win over All Blacks

New Zealand were denied a Bledisloe Cup clean sweep in Brisbane, where Australia outscored them by three tries to two.

Australia celebrate Reece Hodge's try
Australia celebrate Reece Hodge's try

AUSTRALIA WITHSTOOD A furious late charge to upset New Zealand 23-18 in a pulsating Bledisloe Cup match on Saturday, piercing a fresh hole in the world champions’ aura of invincibility.

Reece Hodge’s monster, 53-metre penalty just before the final whistle sealed victory for the Wallabies, who celebrated just their second win in 19 games against their exalted neighbours.

After trailing by one point at half-time, the Wallabies fought back to claim a physical victory over the All Blacks, scoring three tries to two in a high-quality match.

New Zealand, who had already retained the Bledisloe Cup after winning the opening two encounters during the Rugby Championship, dominated early and seemed certain to make it a clean sweep in Brisbane.

But the Wallabies, wearing a specially designed jersey to honour Australia’s indigenous players, dug deep in the second half to take the lead before holding off the visitors’ trademark late surge.

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