Rennie offer no excuses for Eden Park loss

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Australia coach Dave Rennie said there were no excuses.


"We were well beaten, and well beaten because we didn't treasure the ball well enough," he said.


"I thought we defended well in the first half…but we made some poor decisions and kicked poorly.


"We got exposed on the short side and threw a couple of intercepts when there was space to put pressure on them," he said.


They were unable to capitalise on No8 Ardie Savea's absence in the sin bin early in the second half for not supporting his body weight at a breakdown, and it was the All Blacks who claimed the points during that time.


"It was a big part of the game, wasn't it, 21-15, down a man, and we get a five-metre lineout. A not-straight, not the worst I've seen, but fair enough. Then, we defend poorly off that scrum, get penalised, and they get down our end, and we give up a penalty and a soft [try].


"It's disappointing. It was a chance to ram it home. Any loss hurts.


"I'm disappointed we didn't build on what we did in the first half," he said.



Part of that disappointment was down to the lack of impact from the bench, an area that brought the team reward during their series win over France last month.


Australia captain and flanker Michael Hooper said the yellow card should have been awarded earlier than when Savea received his 10-minute rest.


Hooper said, in hindsight, he should probably have taken a shot for goal when Savea exited for 10 minutes.


"I didn't and it came back to hurt us. I take responsibility for that, and I take responsibility for not being able to rally our guys there in order to get a better outcome in that critical 10 minutes," he said.


The loss exposed the Wallabies' scrum and defence under the pressure of a sustained All Blacks improvement. Yet Rennie said halfback Tate McDermott had been one shining light for his ability to find space with his probing runs.


"There was a lot of nice footy, from an attack perspective, but just not for long enough.


"You have to be able to put the foot on the throat for longer at this level. We've got a young side that is learning and learning quickly.


"What we know is that you defend well against the All Blacks, and we didn't do that well enough," he said.


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