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Rugby-Pressure on All Blacks to keep Eden Park record intact: Uelese

Australia need to win at Eden Park on Saturday to level the Bledisloe series but the pressure is on New Zealand to keep their winning streak alive at the Auckland fortress, according to Wallabies hooker Jordan Uelese.

The All Blacks beat Australia 33-25 in the Bledisloe Cup opener on Saturday at Eden Park, where they remain undefeated since 1994 and unbeaten by the Wallabies since 1986.

Victory on Saturday will ensure New Zealand retain the Bledisloe Cup, the annual trophy contested by the trans-Tasman nations, for a 19th successive year.

"If anything, the pressure's not on us, the pressure's on them," Uelese told reporters on Monday.

"No-one wants to be the first All Blacks team to lose at Eden Park."

Saturday's match also doubles as the first of the southern hemisphere's Rugby Championship which includes Argentina and South Africa.

Uelese came off the bench to score a try after the siren, one of three late five-pointers that flattered the Wallabies after they trailed 33-8 just after the hour-mark.

It was nonetheless their narrowest defeat to the All Blacks at Eden Park since 2009, when they were edged 22-16.

"At least we've had a taste of what it's like now, 'the cauldron' they call it out here," said Uelese.

"We take great confidence from that performance. It was a scratchy performance from both sides. So we're looking forward to a much more polished performance from both sides this weekend."

Australia were crushed in the third quarter on Saturday as the All Blacks ran in three tries to blow out their 16-8 hafltime lead.

Wallabies winger Andrew Kellaway said it was reminiscent of the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition where Australia's teams crumbled after half-time against attacking New Zealand sides.

"I'd say ... they make a really conscious choice to focus on that part of the game," he added.

"We'll fix that up, we'll review it and go again."

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; editing by Richard Pullin)

Source: Reuters


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