One moment showed why David Pocock commands such respect in world rugby

FitzSimons 2018 not the dawning of a new era for Wallabies

David Pocock is widely regarded as one of the finest talents in World Rugby now, a mainstay of the Australian team who reached the final of the World Cup back in 2015.

The Wallabies were 90 seconds away from keeping the All Blacks scoreless in the opening half of Test for the first time since the 1991 World Cup semi-final before half-back Aaron Smith crossed just before the interval.

New Zealand scored 33 second-half points as they beat Australia 38-13 in the 2018 Rugby Championship opener.

"You come to Sydney and you expect an explosion and we sort of got a different type of an explosion this time", All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said.

Coach Michael Cheika's preference to play both Hooper and Pocock has created some issues for the Wallabies, with both being openside flankers and considered small for modern global loose forwards. "We respect what they are building towards, it's going to be a hell of a game".

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The Wallabies are sweating on Folau's fitness for Auckland after he limped off in the 65th minute.

Crotty was "knocked out" in a head clash with midfield mate Jack Goodhue early in the match and definitely won't play in Auckland; while Ioane strained his hamstring in the breakout that led to Goodhue's try and also looks a certain defection.

"They had probably dominated the first half so to get that score [just before half-time] was crucial".

Naholo was fortunate not to be sinbinned for a lifting tackle on Israel Folau and the New Zealanders committed uncharacteristic handling errors under pressure from Australia's rushed defence.

First, Jack Goodhue finished off an 85-metre counter-attack, then Beauden Barrett showcased his soccer skills to score a telling opportunistic try nine minutes later to suddenly leave the world champions 19-6 clear.

He praised Australia's first-half defence but was unimpressed by the Wallabies second-half showing.

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