Wallabies end All Blacks' winning streak
New Zealand's 16-match winning streak was brought to an end with a nail-biting 18-18 draw against a brave and undermanned Australia outfit in the third Bledisloe Cup Test at Suncorp Stadium.
While there were no tries, neither side left anything in the tank in a physically and emotionally draining match in front of a bumper crowd of 51,888. Play continued for several minutes after the final siren and All Black Dan Carter had the opportunity to win the game, but his dropped goal attempt was wide of the mark.
Rank outsiders before the match, Australia started with intent and felt the benefit of the boot of Mike Harris, who kicked five from five for the match, with another penalty from Kurtley Beale, while Carter kicked all six for the All Blacks.
It threatened to boil over at times in the first period, with Scott Higginbotham likely to face sanction for what appeared to be a headbutt on New Zealand skipper Richie McCaw.
Australia dominated possession at stages of the first half and went closest to a try in a long, searching but ultimately fruitless 19th-minute foray.
They were not helped by the inevitable addition of one more to the long list of wounded Wallabies - Sitaleki Timani trudged off in the 21st minute, replaced by Kane Douglas.
Taking advantage of some uncharacteristic All Blacks mistakes - including a yellow card to Tony Woodcock on the half-time whistle - the home nation barely put a foot wrong in the first 40 minutes. But turnovers began to creep back into their game after the break as a frustrated New Zealand moved to whittle away their advantage.
At 15-9 up after Beale's long-range penalty for the Wallabies, Michael Hooper earned himself a 10-minute spell in the bin following a late challenge on Aaron Smith - and New Zealand duly capitalised.
Turning up the heat on Australia, Carter (six from eight) reduced the arrears with the ensuing penalty - and then added another three points to tie things up on 67 minutes.
Four minutes later, the All Blacks took the lead for the first time when Adam Ashley-Cooper spilled a high ball, allowing Carter to kick his sixth penalty from right in front, but the Wallabies levelled again with Harris' fifth penalty as they pushed to send retiring skipper Nathan Sharpe out on a winning note. But that result was not to be.