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Waratahs' success no guarantee of Bledisloe glory
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Waratahs' success no guarantee of Bledisloe glory

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The Waratahs may be Super Rugby champions after defeating the Crusaders 33-32 in a blockbuster final. But Wallabies fans shouldn't get too carried away that Ewen McKenzie's side will be dishing out the same treatment to the All Blacks and taking back the Bledisloe Cup.
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Here are a few reasons why:

2011

Remember when the Queensland Reds ruled the roost after defeating the Crusaders in the final in Brisbane and Wallabies fans started proclaiming it was their year? Well, it turned out it wasn't. The All Blacks won the series 2-1 and then went on to add some other trophy called 'Bill' to their collection later in the year.

All Blacks record in Sydney

ANZ Stadium is hardly a fortress for the Wallabies. The All Blacks have not lost to the Wallabies at the venue in their last four Tests. They have won six Tests at the stadium since reclaiming the Bledisloe Cup in 2003. The Wallabies last tasted success in Sydney in 2008 in then-coach Robbie Deans' first Bledisloe Test.

Eden Park graveyard

The Waratahs may be Super Rugby champions but just like the Wallabies they couldn't win at Eden Park either. The second Bledisloe game will be in Auckland where the Aussies haven't won since September 1986. That losing streak is older than captain Michael Hooper (born 1991), Kurtley Beale (1989), Israel Folau (1989), Bernard Foley (1989) and Nick Phipps (1989). The All Blacks haven't lost at the venue since 1994 when the French conjured up the 'try from the end of the world' to claim a famous victory.

Record streak in All Blacks' sights

These All Blacks have won Bledisloes, Rugby Championships, Tri-Nations and a World Cup so it's only natural they want the record for successive Test wins by a top-tier nation to add to their legacy. A win in Sydney will give them that and they want that 18th straight victory badly.

Atonement


Poke a Grizzly bear and you get mauled.  The Waratahs have done just that with their Super Rugby triumph. Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock are going to be very grizzly about the Crusaders loss for a while yet which should ensure plenty of motivation when they pull on the black jersey.

 

Latest TAB Odds:  Australia $2.55 New Zealand $1.47

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