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Wallabies, All Blacks in Bledisloe draw

Australia have come within a whisker of a Bledisloe Cup upset win in Wellington but had to settle for a 16-16 draw in their first Test under new coach Dave Rennie.

Reece Hodge had the chance to snatch a win with a 50m penalty shot after fulltime that had the distance but heartbreakingly hit the upright.

Play continued in a desperate scramble for a further nine minutes but neither side was able to find the winning points, with James O’Connor finally electing to boot the ball into touch and settle for the draw.

Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper, playing his 100th Test, said there was a lot to like about their performance.

“I’m very proud of our team to fight all the way through,” Hooper said.

“It was an enjoyable game, despite the conditions and despite the result, we are off to a good start with some things … there’s a lot of belief.

“It was close – a kick off the post – but we’ll go again next week.”

O’Connor kicked a penalty in the 73rd minute to break a 13-13 deadlock and it looked like it could be enough for Australia to win in New Zealand for the first time since 2001.

But veteran Australian lock Rob Simmons gave away a penalty with two minutes remaining, allowing All Blacks winger Jordie Barrett to level.

The Wallabies trailed 8-3 at halftime but their wingers Marika Koroibete and debutant Filipo Daugunu both scored within a 10-minute period to put the Australians on track for an unlikely victory.

Bidding to break New Zealand’s 18-year strangehold on the Bledisloe Cup, the Australians were a little shaky early on, turning over three line-outs in the first half.

Australian touch judge Angus Gardner didn’t do the Wallabies any favours when he failed to raise his flag when Rieko Ioane put his foot on the line in the build-up to the All Blacks’ first try.

The home side, in their first Test under new coach Ian Foster, worked the ball wide to make room for Barrett to open the scoring in the eighth minute.

It then looked like they were in again right on halftime but Ioane blew a certain five-pointer when he lost control of the ball as he tried to put it down one-handed.

All Black halfback Aaron Smith made no mistake in the 43rd minute.

But the Wallabies weren’t rattled, with their own No.9 Nic White mixing up his game to keep the All Blacks on their toes, while their defence didn’t give Richie Mo’unga an inch.

Koroibete struck first as he shrugged off the tackle of Damien McKenzie, with the All Blacks fullback also turning over the ball for Daugunu’s try.

The superb showing means the Wallabies can dare to dream of winning back the Bledisloe Cup, heading next to Auckland’s Eden Park next Sunday on a high.

© AAP 2020

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Qld records zero new cases as Australia’s COVID death toll rises

Queensland has recorded no new cases of coronavirus overnight, however the country’s death toll has sadly risen today.

Four people in Victoria have sadly succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours and passed away, taking the state’s death toll to 293 and the national toll to 379.

The fatalities include a female in her 80s, two males in their 80s and a female in her 90s, with two of those linked to aged care.

The state also recorded 303 new infections today, which is the second-lowest daily increase this month.

Meanwhile, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has congratulated Queenslanders on today’s figures.

“In more good news for Queenslanders today, we have had zero new cases,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Well done Queensland, that is great news and especially the news we want to hear when there are lots of families out and about this long weekend.”

It comes as the two men who tested positive on board a cargo ship off the coast of Townsville yesterday have been moved to hospital.

The Premier says health authorities are continuing to monitor the rest of the crew.

Meanwhile, it’s understood a third case recorded yesterday has been taken off Queensland’s virus tally after being added onto the NSW count.

It was a man in his 30s who tested positive while in hotel quarantine on the Gold Coast after returning from Sydney.

Queensland now has nine active cases.

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‘Concerning video’ found during investigation into Qld rape

Police fear a Queensland man charged with rape may have assaulted other women after they uncovered concerning video on his mobile phone.

Detectives executed a search warrant at the 30-year-old nurse’s home on Mary Street in Brisbane City yesterday, where they took the man into custody.

During the raid, officers allegedly uncovered mobile phones, video recording equipment, prescription drugs and illicit drugs.

The man appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today, where he was refused bail charged with a string of offences including rape, sexual assault, unlawful stalking, observations or recordings in breach of privacy and supplying dangerous drugs.

It comes after a woman aged in her 20s was allegedly sexually assaulted by the man at his apartment last month.

“It will be alleged a woman aged in her early 20’s attended a Mary Street apartment in late July where she was sexually assaulted after being administered a stupefying drug,” Qld police said.

“Police will further allege that concerning video depicting other young women was located on one of the mobile phones.”

It’s understood the videos were recorded at different times, sparking fears there may be other victims.

Detectives are now appealing for anyone who may have any information to immediately contact police.

Forensic analysis of the mobile phones and recording devices is continuing.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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Anderson nabs fourth Rising Star nomination for Suns

THE future looks promising for the Gold Coast Suns, with rising star Noah Anderson named the Rising Star nominee for Round 7.

The 19-year-old was on fire during Saturday afternoon’s win against the Sydney Swans, notching up 15 disposals, five marks, three tackles and his second AFL goal.

It’s the fourth nomination for the Gold Coast so far this season with Anderson’s long-time friend Matt Rowell also scoring a nod (Round 2), alongside Connor Budarick (Round 3) and Izak Rankine (Round 6).

It’s a record-equalling number of nominations for the club, with the Suns also scoring four nominations in their inaugural year in 2011.

Anderson was drafted to the club with the number two pick last year before making his debut in Round 1.

The Gold Coast Suns are currently sitting in seventh on the AFL ladder ahead of Thursday night’s clash with the Western Bulldogs, their first prime time Thursday night game since the club’s inception.

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