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Wasted decider still burns Wallabies

Jim Morton 22/08/2011 05:28:44 PM Comments (0)

There are only four left but Wallabies survivors desperate to break their Tri-Nations drought hold extra motivation to bury painful 2008 memories against the All Blacks on Saturday night.

Hooker Stephen Moore says he hasn't forgotten the heartache of the last Tri-Nations decider at Suncorp Stadium, when the trophy slipped through Australian fingers amid a stunning late blitz from New Zealand.

Up 17-7 in the second half after a red-hot Matt Giteau put James Horwill over for a try, the Wallabies wasted their best chance for a third title triumph, and first since 2001, with a string of turnovers and missed tackles.

The ruthless All Blacks immediately pounced with three quick tries and the Bledisloe Cup and Tri-Nations silverware stayed across the Tasman once again.

While Robbie Deans' 2011 line-up is keen to make this month's 30-14 loss in Auckland a distant memory, Moore said Saturday night's series finale meant an extra chance to erase the burning pain from four years ago.

"The game in 2008 up here, we had a good lead there and we let that one go and that was hugely disappointing," said the 60-Test hooker, who will start at Suncorp Stadium alongside 2008 survivors Horwill, deposed skipper Rocky Elsom and Adam Ashley-Cooper.

"You certainly don't forget those encounters.

"We're lucky to have another chance now to do it so we're very determined to try and make it happen."

The Wallabies have not won the Tri-Nations since Toutai Kefu crossed in the last minute of John Eales' Test swansong 10 years ago, slipping up in last-match deciders in 2004, 2007 and 2008.

Moore played in the 2007 and '08 clashes against the All Blacks and felt the Wallabies were just as good a chance to end their trophy drought this weekend.

He insisted they had learned their lesson from the Eden Park demolition three weeks ago, and the Wallabies would be far more driven and effective at the tackle contest.

"They outplayed us, particularly at the breakdown. Their enthusiasm and just the way they contested that area of the game was above where we were at," Moore said.

"We addressed that in the last few weeks and improved for Durban (beating South Africa 14-9) and we'll have to be better again on Saturday."

A victory would also finally end their Brisbane hoodoo against New Zealand.

Although the Wallabies rate Suncorp Stadium as their favourite ground and hold an impressive overall record of 16 wins from 19 matches, Australia have never beaten the All Blacks at the former Lang Park.

Each encounter has gone down to the wire but Australia have fallen 32-25 in 1996, 13-9 in 2006 and 28-24 in 2008.

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