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Crotty, Ioane to miss second Bledisloe Test

20 August 2018

'Know how frustrated he will be but for selfish reasons I want to see my brother grow old and able, not battling the brain forever, ' she wrote on Twitter. "He's got a pretty swollen ankle", said Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

Cheika said Melbourne Rebels back Jack Maddocks, who scored a try on debut, was another option at fullback, as was inside centre Kurtley Beale.

The All Blacks can win the Bledisloe Cup, the annual trophy contested between the trans-Tasman nations, for a 16th successive year with victory at Eden Park, where they have not lost to Australia in 32 years.

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.

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

"Looked like he rolled it when he went up to catch so we will see after he gets a scan exactly what the diagnosis is". "If you just look at that you think "wow, he's arrived quickly", but when you dig deeper and look at the work done with him and patience shown, we're getting the reward for that".

Of even greater concern for the Wallabies than being without their attacking trump is fixing their shaky set piece after losing seven of their eight lineouts and conceding several scrum penalties in the series opener. "We should have kept doing what we need to do".

Hooper lamented his side's inability to capitalise on a promising start as the All Blacks made a sluggish, error-prone beginning.

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We made mistakes we shouldn't make. "We keep trying and pushing, and it is going to be a big lesson for us". It was a victory we deserved, ' he said. "Other guys will say "we like" and other guys will say "no".

"He carried well, particularly early when we didn't have a lot of room down that side, he was great in the wide rucks and turned ball over and he ran with real goal".

"It was crucial", he said. "The resilience of the boys was awesome".

"The job's the same, we've still got to win two games".

All Blacks head coach Hansen felt the defending champions reaped the rewards for turning the tide in the first half.

"Their backs are against the wall".

"He's been a wonderful, wonderful player for the All Blacks for a long time and to play one test for your country is an unbelievable thing but to be able to play 100 you're a pretty special player", Hansen said.

"The first half was like two big bulls in the ring head-butting each other."

Crotty, Ioane to miss second Bledisloe Test