Tony Johnson: Wallabies loss puts blow-torch on All Blacks

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Sunday, 11 August 2019, 1:44PM
New Zealand's TJ Perenara reacts as he talks to teamates after their loss to Australia. (Photo / AP)

The pressure has been put on the All Blacks for both the Bledisloe Cup and the Rugby World Cup.

The All Blacks have lost 47-26 to the Wallabies in Perth, with lock Scott Barrett red carded just before halftime for dangerous contact with the head of skipper Michael Hooper.

The 47 points is the most Australia has scored against the All Blacks, and the most they've ever conceded in a test match.

Rugby commentator Tony Johnson says that the team has to play a whole lot better next week if they want to avoid another record.

"They haven't lost to Australia at Eden Park since 1986, they haven't lost a test there since 1994, but that's not going to win the test match for them." 

He told Martin Devlin that the All Blacks are not in the same shape that they were in four years ago at the last World Cuo. He says that the All Blacks are feeling the absence of the great players that moved on after that tournament. 

Johnson says that the loss against Wallabies is a real setback in an attempt to prove that the gap between countries has not closed. 

"It really puts the blowtorch on these guys, as they said all along that the Bledisloe Cup is the second priority behind the Rugby World Cup."