Australia v New Zealand Bledisloe Cup Predictions & Tips

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Australia v New Zealand Bledisloe Cup

The Bledisloe Cup heads to Sydney for the third Test with New Zealand needing just one win from the remaining two matches to retain the trophy. Get's predictions and tips for the second Test match.

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New Zealand are currently 1-0 up in the four-game series after claiming a 22-7 win in Auckland back on October 18 thanks to tries from Aaron Smith, Jordie Barrett, Ardie Savea and skipper Sam Cane as they punished the Wallabies for not taking advantage in the first Test that ended in a draw.

The All Blacks were there for the taking in the opener, but they looked more composed in Auckland and they will be looking to put an end to this series before it has any chance of going to a decider.

Australia coach Dave Rennie has already axed full-back Tom Banks with Dane Haylett-Petty set to line up in the number 15 jersey. Isi Naisarani is a shock inclusion in the Australia squad, the number 8 has struggled with fitness and weight issues this season and was initially overlooked for this season, but Rennie has swallowed his pride and gone back to him.

The All Blacks hate losing, and losing to Australia in particular, and they would like nothing more than to win the Bledisloe Cup for the 49th time in Sydney. I am backing them to frustrate the Wallabies around the ruck and pick them off on the edges. Back New Zealand to go 2-0 up in the series with one to play with a 1-12 points victory.