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Australia won a hard fought match.

Australia win physical Bledisloe Cup game vs New Zealand

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Australia edged past New Zealand to secure only their second win in 19 games against New Zealand in the Bledisloe Cup.

The Bledisloe Cup is an annual Rugby Union tournament between Australia and New Zealand, which is played over three games, with the best two out of three picking up the trophy.

Since it's inception, New Zeland have won the trophy 45 times, with Australia lifting the trophy just 12 times in comparison.

Two of the matches also count towards the Rugby Championship, which is contested between Argentina, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia.

The All Blacks, who retained the trophy in August, led by just a point at half-time despite a commanding performance.

Marika Koroibete's try and Hodge's penalty after the break put Australia ahead.

Hodge then kicked a long penalty to ensure a win over the All Blacks for the first time in over two years.

The Wallabies, wearing jerseys specially designed to honour Australia's indigenous players, took an early lead through Hodge's 70-metre run to the line.

However, Waisake Naholo levelled things for New Zealand and Lima Sopoaga's conversion put the visitors ahead.

Australia v New Zealand

Israel Folau skipped over just before the break to keep the Wallabies in touch.

And, although Rieko Ioane crossed for Steve Hansen's side, Koroibete's effort and Hodge's thumping kicks off the tee sealed a famous win for the Wallabies.

The game will also be remembered for some huge hits throughout, which will have no doubt got the crowd going and on their feet.

One hit on 68 minutes really raised a lot of eyebrows and got the crowd and people talking.

Watch some of the big hits in the video below, with the biggest coming at 00:10.

You can also see it here.

Australia were on the attack, and as the pass was offloaded, the player in possession got absolutely clattered by the All Blacks player.

Even the commentators dubbed the tackle a "game-changer".

It could be argued it was, as New Zealand were 20-13 down at the time of the tackle, but pulled it back to 20-18 just five minutes later.

However, Australia held on to secure their second win over the All Blacks in 19 attempts.

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New Zeland Rugby
IRB Rugby World Cup
Australia Rugby
Rugby Union

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