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Wallabies slammed for 'avalanche of mistakes'

19 Oct 2020, 16:13 GMT+10

The Wallabies buried themselves in an "avalanche of mistakes", Australian media commentators lamented on Monday after their team again failed to snap a decades-long hoodoo at New Zealand's Eden Park.

Australia's inability to win at the Auckland stadium stretched to a 34th year after being outplayed by a rampaging All Blacks 27-7 on Sunday.

They were punished for a poor defensive performance, guilty of too many handling errors, conceding a raft of turnovers and missing a whopping 40 tackles to New Zealand's 23.

said the Sydney Morning Herald.

They included Marika Koroibete failing to get the ball down in the corner, Brandon Paenga-Amosa's double movement that cost them a try and Jordan Petaia's carelessness that allowed Sam Cane to cross for five points.

the newspaper added.

The Australian broadsheet was equally unforgiving, headlining:

it said.

Fox Sports noted that .

The win put New Zealand in the driving seat after two Bledisloe Cup games, with the first in Wellington a 16-16 thriller.

There are two more to come over the coming weeks in Australia as part of the Rugby Championship, which also includes Argentina but not world champions South Africa who pulled out due to lack of preparation.

While the critics piled in, Sydney's Daily Telegraph took a more optimistic line, saying the Wallabies "are showing the beginning of something".

it wrote.

The two arch-rivals next clash in Sydney on 31 October.

Source: News24

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