LIVE: Wallabies' 'backs against the wall' in Bledisloe Cup finale as Kiwis dealt late blow

The Wallabies restored some sorely needed pride in Brisbane on Saturday, narrowly downing the All Blacks 24-22 in a fiery conclusion to the Bledisloe Cup.

New Zealand will still take the silverware across the Tasman, but tasted defeat for the first time in the four-Test series it has ultimately won 2-1 following wins in Auckland and Sydney.

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MATCH CENTRE: Wallabies vs All Blacks, game IV

Tupou's winning try

Tupou's winning try

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Scores were 8-8 at half-time, but Australia hit the lead in the second stanza thanks to three Reece Hodge penalty goals and a 74th minute try from Taniela Tupou that gave the Wallabies a nine-point lead.

There looked to be a late twist in the tale, however, when late All Blacks inclusion Tupou Vaa’i crossed over with just two minutes left.

But Australia held firm, with Marika Koroibete stifling the All Blacks attack with the shot of the game.

In the first half, the All Blacks went down to 14 men when Ofa Tu’ungafasi was shown a red card for a high tackle.

The numerical advantage didn’t last long for the Wallabies, however, who lost debutant Lachlan Swinton just 12 minutes later to a near-identical tackle.

The closing stages of the game saw even less players on the field with New Zealand losing Scott Barrett to the sin bin before the Wallabies scored what would be the matchwinning try.

“It’s a good bounce back. It’s a good response from last week,” Wallabies captain Michael Hooper said.

“Disappointing that we’ve got that in us and the series is over, but we’ll take that one for sure.

“We’re a proud team and last week didn’t reflect where we are at.”

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BLEDISLOE CUP RESULTS

Game 1: New Zealand 16 – 16 Australia

Game 2: New Zealand 27 – 7 Australia

Game 3: New Zealand 43 – 5 Australia

Game 4: Australia 24 - 22 New Zealand

Ill disciplined Swinton sent

Ill disciplined Swinton sent

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One touch, one try

One touch, one try

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How good's the Haka!

How good's the Haka!

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