Crotty, Ioane to miss second Bledisloe Test

Paola Ditto
Agosto 20, 2018

Folau departed the Olympic Stadium on crutches after suffering an ankle injury midway through the second half of Saturday night's crushing 38-13 loss to the All Blacks in game one.

He was overlooked for the first Bledisloe, but will have this week's training in New Zealand to state his case to claim Folau's No.15 jersey. "Quite rare, really, but it's actually not a long-term injury at all", Wallabies coach Michael Cheika told reporters at Sydney airport on Sunday ahead of the team's flight to Auckland.

"He just got a small tear in a muscle, right down low".

Captain Kieran Read made a solid return to the side after a long lay-off from back surgery while lock Brodie Retallick was brilliant in his first test for almost a year, scoring a second half try and adding huge drive to the All Blacks' scrum.

After Folau came off, replacement back Jack Maddocks scored the Wallabies' sole try in a lively test debut and Cheika said the Melbourne Rebel could be ready to step up.

"There was too much ball given back to the opposition, both from set-pieces and general play", Cheika said afterwards.

Injuries aside, Hansen would have been immensely pleased with the performance of the champions, who notched their 13th successive win in the tournament after going undefeated in the last two campaigns.

Shea Crotty, a top basketballer who has played for the Tall Ferns, tweeted: "I want to see my brother grow old and able, not battling the brain forever".

"They had probably dominated that half so for us to get back in touch on the scoreboard was great".

"We weren't a 100 per cent clinical, there's no doubt about that", Hansen said.

The Wallabies must win at Eden park for the first time since 1986 to have any chance of reclaiming the Bledisloe Cup.

"We've only got one hand on the trophy", Read added.

"It's true we haven't won there for a while but this is a moment in time where we've got to make the decision that it's not going to happen again".

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