Bledisloe Cup Wallabies 2021 vs All Blacks news Michael Hooper Brodie Retallick
Posted On August 13, 2021
He was angry at the time, but Wallabies captain Michael Hooper ignored All Blacks star Brodie Retallick’s brutal cleanup in the first test of the Bledisloe Cup.
Lesser acts earned yellow cards, but Hooper’s call to Kiwi referee Paul Williams fell on deaf ears in New Zealand’s 33-25 win at Eden Park.
The stage is set for a spicy rematch in Auckland on Saturday after the Wallabies recalled firebrand flanker Lachlan Swinton and winger Andrew Kellaway stung the bear with the All Blacks’ “aura is gone” comments.
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“He made me feel good!” Hooper exclaimed when asked about the Retallick incident today.
“That’s what I told him there – ‘I didn’t miss playing with you.’
“It had been a long time since I had faced Brodie. But this is a test match football.
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“There are a lot of things missing and as the game churns out those things add up and wear you out. Both teams I’m sure will release it tomorrow.”
Hooper followed coach Dave Rennie’s line that the Wallabies “respect but don’t fear” the All Blacks, who haven’t lost to Australia at Eden Park since 1986.
The Wallabies must win to keep the series alive ahead of the Cup’s final clash in Perth on August 28.
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“We’re going to impose our game on them and it’s rugby Australia versus New Zealand,” Hooper said.
“There’s been a lot of talk about this (aura) problem, but it’s always in those kind of weeks.”
Hooper said the Wallabies are determined to play well for “our people” as much of Australia grapples with the deadly strain of the Delta coronavirus.
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“We feel greatly supported away from home. It has been difficult for us. Each person, staff and player on the team has their challenges like everyone else right now, we are just a small sample of that. “
Meanwhile, All Blacks legend Andrew Mehrtens told Wide World of Sports radio that Swinton’s selection has clarified Australia’s intentions for Saturday’s second test.
“We know Swinton is not taking a step back,” Mehrtens said.
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“I mean a guy who comes in for his first test and gets a red card pretty early on, you know what his intentions are.
“He’s going to bring a little steel, a little fire and they have to face the All Blacks physically so that will help.”
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