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Rugby: Australia rue missed opportunities after All Blacks draw

Published on Aug 16, 2014 11:42 PM

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Australia were left to rue opportunities squandered against New Zealand, after playing out a draw that means the Wallabies must secure their first victory away from home against their arch rivals in 13 years to avoid another Bledisloe Cup defeat.

Australia held New Zealand to a 12-12 draw in their Rugby Championship opener on Saturday to prevent the All Blacks from claiming a world-record 18th consecutive win.

The Wallabies, however, were left wondering how they failed to win a game they dominated in all but the scoreline - having enjoyed greater possession, more metres with ball in hand and more territory.

"We wanted to win the game," said Australia coach Ewen McKenzie. "All our preparation was about winning, we don't go out there to have draws so it is a bit of a hollow outcome in that sense."

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