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Wallabies defeat All Blacks in Bledisloe Cup 4

Marika Koroibete’s made a great tackle.
Marika Koroibete’s made a great tackle.

Even though the Bledisloe Cup was already heading back to New Zealand, the Wallabies have saved some face, winning the fourth and final match of the series in a 24-22 thriller.

It was a massive victory for Australia after being beaten by a record 43-5 in Sydney last week, a record score in trans-Tasman test matches, with the side given little chance of turning it around in a week.

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It was a game that had everything with both teams losing players to red cards in a chaotic first half as the sides went to the break at 8-all.

Australia were even down to 13 men at the break when Marika Koroibete shown a yellow card just before the break.

The winger came back a different man, making a huge tackle in the minutes after his return, chasing down a flying Sevu Reece to make a desperation tackle.

Unfortunately, Reece passed the ball back with the Aussie cover defenders taking the ball into touch and New Zealand scored through Codie Taylor burrowing over to take a 15-11 lead after 52 minutes.

The Wallabies closed in with another penalty goal, before taking the lead when All Black Scott Barrett was shown a yellow card after reaching from the ruck to knock the ball out of Aussie halfback Nic White’s hands.

While Australia went for the scrum, a penalty from 5m out directly in front was too much to turn down from Australia and Reece Hodge made no mistake.

Taniela Tupou forced his way over the line to give the Wallabies a 24-15 lead with four minutes left.

After a record loss in the last game to lose the Bledisloe Cup for the 18th straight time, it looked like the Wallabies would pull off the unthinkable.

“Are we about to see one of the biggest comebacks in Australian Test rugby history,” Greg Clarke said on Fox Sports.

But the All Blacks are the All Blacks for a reason and went straight up the other end with Tupou Vaa’i scoring next to the post, making it a nervous finish.

A deep kick off saw New Zealand spread the ball wide but Koroibete came up huge with a massive hit that appeared to stun the All Blacks, coming back to make a second tackle on Jordie Barrett and forcing the mistake.