It was freaky - friendly fire from Jack straight in the face.
A length of the field try by center Jack Goodhue and a late double from Waisake Naholo spurred New Zealand to a 38-13 win against Australia in the first Bledisloe Cup test, and opening match of the Rugby Championship, on Saturday.
But after the Wallabies almost pulled off an extraordinary win in Dunedin last year after being smashed 54-34 last year, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen declared his side would not allow themselves to get complacent again. "Quite rare really", Cheika said. It's just a tough injury.
As play continued at ANZ Stadium, Australia No 8 Pocock parked his pilfering instincts to prioritise Crotty's wellbeing. "And it's something that we're not proud of but I think it's a great opportunity to turn that around", he said.
"So he played tonight, got a few touches and got a try as well".
The Wallabies will be without their attacking weapon Israel Folau due to injury and they will arrive low on confidence in terms of their pack, which was demolished at scrum and lineout time.
"It's what we need to learn to be better at, keep doing what we know we can do and keep delivering and let the score look after itself".
Hooper lamented his side's inability to capitalise on a promising start as the All Blacks made a sluggish, error-prone beginning.More news: Serena Williams reveals what shook her before worst loss of career
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But he praised his team's response when they ran rampant with a five-try blitz after the break.
"It was crucial", he said.
"But we want to improve our game and get it to a standard of where we want to be. I think the resilience within the boys was awesome".
Cheika refused to accept the visit to Auckland was daunting, despite his side's bad record at Eden Park against the All Blacks and the fact they are one-nil down in a three-test series.
New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Officer Steve Tew says confirmation of the sell-out event sets the scene for an entertaining evening at Eden Park on Saturday as the All Blacks and Black Ferns head to Auckland having defeated their Australian counterparts.
He said the world champions did not make enough of their set-piece dominance on attack and repeated the New Zealanders' mantra of continual improvement.
"The first half was like two big bulls in the ring head-butting each other."
"We still had plenty of ball even losing those lineouts".