Israel Folau Lifted Above Horizontal But No Card For The All Blacks

Richie Mo'unga has become increasingly pivotal to the Crusaders

Richie Mo'unga has become increasingly pivotal to the Crusaders

New Zealand will be without Ryan Crotty for the second Test of the Bledisloe Cup in Auckland next week after the centre suffered a concussion on Saturday, while Australia have lost the services of Israel Folau due to a muscle injury.

In a chilling warning to the Wallabies, coach Steve Hansen insisted the All Blacks still had plenty of improvement to come.

"I think if you look at the game, we still had three or four attacking opportunities after Maddocks scored to get us back within 12, with still 17-18 minutes to go".

But two minutes before half-time, returning All Blacks captain Kieran Read found scrum-half Smith to reduce the deficit to just one point and an onslaught of five second-half tries ensued. It was freaky - friendly fire from Jack straight in the face.

But experienced All Blacks forward Sam Cane sounded a more cautionary note around Crotty, admitting he frets every time a team-mate cops such a blow. "Quite rare, really, but it's actually not a long-term injury at all", Wallabies coach Michael Cheika told reporters at Sydney airport on Sunday ahead of the team's flight to Auckland.

"So, yeah, I would imagine he would be there [but] we've also got Tom Banks, who's an out-and-out full-back so we'll see where we end up".

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Folau hobbled off the field midway through the second half of Australia's 38-13 defeat to the All Blacks at ANZ Staduim on Saturday night and was later spotted using crutches.

Hansen, however, said they had to be wary of a wounded Wallabies side.

"They had probably dominated that half so for us to get back in touch on the scoreboard was great".

"We haven't done anything tonight other than get the right to put one hand on the cup and we've got to go back next week, work hard and earn the right to put the other hand on it".

"It's true we haven't won there for a while but this is a moment in time where we've got to make the decision that it's not going to happen again".

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