Injury setback for All Blacks ahead of second test

Richie Mo'unga has enjoyed a outstanding season for the Crusaders

Coach Cheika is usually good fun in post match pressers but with a 38-13 scoreline against him he knew he had to suck it up and move on.

"We've only got one hand on the trophy", said skipper Kieran Read, who made a triumphant return to the Test arena with a typically wholehearted 80-minute captain's knock after undergoing spinal surgery last December.

"We'll stay there and set up camp and stay for the week and train".

"If you can take away the supply of ball then it makes it hard and Australia really like to play off their lineout".

Cheika was hopeful the three-time John Eales Medallist would be back for Australia's third Rugby Championship fixture against South Africa in Brisbane in three weeks.

The Wallabies set-piece is the biggest concern heading into the second Bledisloe Test.

Australia's lineout was very poor throughout the evening, with Tatafu Polota-Nau and Tolu Latu struggling with their throws and similarly, those jumping for the ball not getting their timing right. "Our challenge this week is to learn better and be hungrier than them". "He's been here for two weeks, he had plenty of practice".

The subject matter didn't get much brighter from there.

And it looks like they'll have to do Mission Impossible without star fullback Israel Folau, who injured his ankle.

Tom Banks, perhaps, but more likely rookie tryscorer Jack Maddocks will wear the No 15 jersey in Auckland.

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"Oh mate I didn't really think about it like that, I just thought it was something different", Cheika said today when asked if it was a roll of the dice to change the fortunes of a nation who haven't won at Eden Park since 1986.

Hansen confirmed he was unlikely to seek a wing replacement, with Waisake Naholo presenting well on Sunday after a shoulder knock, and Ben Smith, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Jordie Barrett and Damian McKenzie offering the cover required.

"I believe in my lads a lot, I really do", Cheika said.

"The calls were a bit weird". I think we stifled their attack in the first half quite well with the way defended getting up off the line there.

"And what we're going to bring, we'll take that onto any field".

That shot of confidence flowed through into the second half and the men in gold simply couldn't keep up with the pace.

"We went pretty well so we'll have to build on that again next week".

So, where to from here?

They also subjected the Wallabies to a third successive mauling in the tournament's Sydney opener, having hammered them 42-8 in 2016 and 54-34 past year.

"We've got a plan, we've spoken about that plan already", Hooper said, without revealing any details of said plan.

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