The test future of Wallabies No 8 Sean McMahon remains unclear

The test future of Wallabies No 8 Sean McMahon remains unclear

Australia centre Samu Kerevi has paid the price for a poor performance in their Rugby Championship opener against New Zealand by being dropped for the return match in Dunedin.

Michael Cheika's wounded side responded by scoring 28 points without reply to go down 54-34, but New Zealand will be expected to consign them to another loss in Dunedin on Saturday.

Foley incredibly hit the woodwork for a third time with his attempted conversion and the Test swung back in New Zealand's favour when Ben Smith signed off for his extended break by plucking a pass from McKenzie to score a try in his hometown following 22 phases from the rampant hosts.

The All Blacks finally gained the lead for the first time with Barrett's first try in the 60th minute, edging ahead 21-17.

"Number one, what I can say because it's clear to everyone is that Retallick picked up one of our blokes up and put him on his head".

In the countdown to the final whistle, Kurtley Beale scored to put Australia back in front before Barrett scored the match victor for the All Blacks.

The match started late after the Wallabies complained their buildup had been affected by a floodlight failure.

Incidentally it was in the same city that the Wallabies last beat the All Blacks in New Zealand, in 2001 at the former Carisbrook Stadium.

Michael Hooper (Australia): After the humbling on home soil Australia need their captain to lead from the front this weekend as they look to restore some pride.

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We have dropped catches and consistency has been lacking. (It) Looks like a good wicket . He is the most important part of the team and plays at the most important position.

The All Blacks coach commended skipper Kieran Read's work in the lead-up to Beauden Barrett's victor.

"Pretty disappointed that the last few minutes we just didn't stick to the detail and shut that (game) out when we had the opportunity to", he said.

"I don't care what it takes to make him stay here because we want him".

"We could have easily gone into our shell but we were encouraged at halftime to trust our skills and earn the right to play again and that trust was shown right through to the 80th minute", Barrett said.

"It's not necessarily going to win us the Test match".

When play did get under way the All Blacks were immediately on attack and running at the Wallabies line with a two-man overlap when Israel Folau claimed a vital intercept and raced 80 metres to score.

New Zealand's scrum gave them a huge advantage in the middle stages of the game but the hosts made too many handling errors to fully capitalize.

"It's a real thing you've got to keep with all this professionalism and everything, is just about getting that in there".