Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Wallabies Are Now No.2 A[euro]" All Blacks' Star

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Wallabies Are Now No.2 A[euro]" All Blacks' Star

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THE Wallabies have superseded South Africa as New Zealand's closest challenger and major threat at next year's Rugby World Cup, according to All Blacks' star Jerome Kaino.

While New Zealand logged their 10th straight win over Australia in the last Tri-Nations match of the season in Sydney on Saturday, the Wallabies' performance gave their supporters more cause for hope following the drought-breaking win at altitude over the Springboks in Bloemfontein the previous week.

Australia led by 13 points with 15 minutes to go, but conceded two late converted tries to go down 23-22.

Fatigue caused by a short turnaround following a long flight from South Africa and Tests in successive weeks appeared to take a toll.

Regular starting blindside flanker Kaino, who sparked New Zealand after coming off the bench on Saturday, lavished praise on what he perceived as an improving Australian side.

"The Wallabies have young players, keen players, that are willing to improve and they are improving," Kaino said. …

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