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    导出博客文章Wellingtons Westpac Stadium is the venue for Bledisloe II and while that doesnt
    inspire the cold sweat in the Wallabies that Eden Park does, the 42-8 drubbing
    they received in Sydney last week means many are probably still shaking anyway.
    The All Blacks were nothing short of superb in the first 40 minutes at ANZ
    Stadium, the world champions scoring four tries before adding two more after the
    break in what was a glorious display of attacking rugby.They were certainly
    helped by a Wallabies side that missed 40 tackles and were extremely wobbly at
    set-piece; but it was the lack of execution of the games simplest skills that
    reflected just how far the World Cup runners-up have fallen since November last
    year. Australia have now lost five Tests on the trot and only the most one-eyed
    of Wallabies supporters believes that wont be six come Saturday.Team newsNew
    Zealand: New Zealand: Ben Smith, Israel Dagg, Malakai Fekitoa, Anton
    Lienert-Brown, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (capt),
    Sam Cane, Jerome Kaino, Samuel Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Dane
    Coles, Joe Moody.Replacements: James Parsons, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina,
    Liam Squire, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Aaron Cruden, Seta Tamanivalu.A horror
    run of injury at inside centre, the latest of which was Ryan Crotty in Sydney,
    has resulted in a Test debut for Chiefs midfielder Anton Lienert-Brown. He is
    joined in the starting side by Julian Savea, the Hurricanes winger coming in for
    Waisako Naholo who was cut down by a hamstring injury last week. Up front, Dane
    Coles starts at hooker after playing 78 minutes from the bench in Bledisloe
    I.Australia: Wallabies: Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Samu Kerevi, Bernard
    Foley, Dane Haylett-Petty, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, David Pocock, Michael
    Hooper, Scott Fardy, Adam Coleman, Kane Douglas, Sekope Kepu, Stephen Moore
    (captain), Scott Sio.Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, James Slipper, Allan
    Alaalatoa, Will Skelton, Dean Mumm, Nick Phipps, Tevita Kuridrani, Reece
    Hodge.Ripped apart by injuries in the midfield in Sydney, the Wallabies will
    field somewhat of an experimental backline in Wellington. The biggest inclusion
    comes at No.10 where Quade Cooper has been given another chance to exorcise his
    New Zealand demons. His inclusion pushes Bernard Foley to inside centre while
    Samu Kerevi will make just his third Test start at outside centre. Up front,
    Scott Fardy returns at blindside flanker while Western Force lock Adam Coleman
    joins Kane Douglas in the second-row.Key match-up: Beauden Barrett vs. Quade
    CooperMan of the match in Sydney, Beauden Barrett has barely put a foot wrong in
    2016. Any questions about his ascension to the No.10 jersey ahead of Aaron
    Cruden were answered emphatically at ANZ Stadium as he cut the Wallabies to
    shreds in midfield, and directed the All Blacks juggernaut with class. The
    presence of a new No.12 outside him shouldnt be an issue and if the Wallabies
    defence fails to improve from Sydney, the Hurricanes pivot will surely enjoy
    another sensational night on his home deck.Public Enemy No.1: thats the role
    Quade Cooper has filled across the Tasman since Rugby World Cup 2011. Booed
    throughout that tournament, largely due to a couple of prior incidents with the
    beloved Richie McCaw, Cooper has never really recovered from that grilling with
    his last outing in New Zealand yielding a yellow card at Eden Park in 2015. It
    is certainly a gutsy move from Cheika, but given Foley looked completely out of
    sorts in Sydney last week the coach was left with little choice.Key stats (Opta
    Stats)- The All Blacks have won their last 18 games in a row at home to the
    Wallabies; Australia have not crossed the Tasman and won since August 2001.- The
    Wallabies have now conceded more than 40 points in each of their last two games;
    never before in Test history has an Australian team conceded such an amount in
    three straight games.- Beauden Barrett scored a try and assisted two more in
    last weeks fixture; in his eight starts at fly half for the All Blacks, only
    once has Barrett failed to register either a try or an assist (v Argentina, Sept
    2014).WeatherEarly showers should have cleared Wellington by the time kick-off
    rolls around on Saturday, while an overnight low of 7 degrees is expected. Wind
    will be a feature, as is always the case in Kiwi capital.UBET verdict: New
    Zealand $1.08, Australia $8There were plenty who thought the Wallabies had a
    good opportunity to beat the All Blacks in Game 1 of the Rugby Championship last
    Saturday night. The Aussies were never in the hunt against the All Blacks, and
    in reality the 42-8 score line in favour of NZ was probably a little flattering
    to the Wallabies as well! Not only were they comprehensively beaten, but have
    picked up injuries as well, and the early betting suggests that a similar fate
    awaits the Wallabies in Wellington on Saturday night. New Zealand have opened as
    red hot $1.08 pops with Australia at $8.00, and while that isnt any real
    surprise, the early money has also been for New Zealand to cover a spread of
    -18.5 points.PredictionIt couldnt get any worse for Australia, right? Wrong. The
    scary thing for any supporter of Australian rugby is that New Zealand really
    only played for 55 minutes in Sydney, and the world champions will no doubt be
    desperate to turn in the complete performance in Wellington. On the flip side,
    the Wallabies surely cant be abject as they were in Sydney either; defensive
    coach Nathan Grey said earlier this week there is an easy fix to the sides
    tackling woes and there will need to be given their horrible effort last
    weekend. Fans should expect an improved Wallabies showing, though it wont even
    come close to troubling the All Blacks.New Zealand by 25.
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    -- Major winner Y.E. Yang and former Ryder Cup player Edoardo Molinari were
    among the 30 golfers to earn a European Tour card for the 2017 season on
    Thursday following the final round of Q School.On one of the most nerve-racking
    days on the European golfing calendar, the high-profile names in the 156-player
    field all came through safely after six rounds at PGA Catalunya just outside
    Barcelona.Yang was one of them. The South Koreans seven-year exemption for
    winning the 2009 U.S. PGA Championship expired this year, meaning he had to go
    to qualifying school after a disappointing season on the main tour when he had
    just two top-20 finishes.However, Yang handled the pressure well, playing
    consistent golf all week and his 1-under 71 on Thursday saw him finish on
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    second straight year in a tie for second on 12 under.Englishmen Tom Lewis (8
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    days have been up there in terms of how nervous Ive ever been on a golf course
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