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Wallabies stunned by NZ comeback

Two converted tries in the final 13 minutes saw New Zealand complete their perfect Tri Nations campaign with a thrilling 23-22 victory over Australia at ANZ Stadium.

The Wallabies led by eight points at the break and looked on track to end their nine-match losing run against the Kiwis, but once again Robbie Deans' men were unable to hold off the fast-finishing visitors.

Converted tries to skipper Richie McCaw (67th minute) and Kieran Read (73rd) proved the difference between the two sides as the New Zealanders sealed a record 10th consecutive triumph over the Australians.

The Wallabies had their chances in the dying moments, winning a penalty after a David Pocock turnover, but were unable to pull the game out of the fire for the second straight week as the All Blacks diffused a final desperate raid to complete their perfect season.

Goal-kicking proved crucial in the end with Matt Giteau kicking three from seven while Piri Weepu landed a perfect five from five with the boot including three penalties and two conversions.

It was a fitting end to McCaw's record 52nd Test as skipper, as the 29-year-old moved past Sean Fitzpatrick's record for most matches at the helm in All Blacks history, while the Wallabies were left to lament another lost lead.


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