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Savea sinbinned early in the second half

Now that’s a start to the second half and Michael Hooper is backing his team as they go for five points instead of three.

The All Blacks will play the next 10 minutes with 14 men after Ardie Savea was sinbinned.

NZ lead 21-15 after 43 minutes.

All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith will join an elite group of All Black centurions when he runs out on Eden Park on Saturday night against the Wallabies, becoming the 10th All Blacks to notch 100 tests.

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Smith’s name will sit deservedly along side the likes of Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Ma’a Nonu and Mils Muliana in the 100 club after the opening Bledisloe, becoming the first NZ halfback to reach the milestone.

It may not stop there either, with All Black teammate Ardie Savea saying he’s ‘got another 10 [years] in him’ as the 32-year-old has been a model professional in how he prepares for the game. Savea praised a ‘great man’ that has ‘been through a lot’ to get where he is now.

A great finish to the first half for Australia as they win a couple of scrum penalties and Tate McDermott scoots over to score.

The All Blacks are always happy to give the penalty away when under pressure but the Wallabies showed great patience there.

All Blacks 21, Wallabies 15… game on.

But the Wallabies had all the opportunities in that first half yet you look up and the ABs have scored three tries.

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