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Scott Barrett set to miss Rugby World Cup start for All Blacks after red card in record loss to Australia

The lock forward dismissed in 47-26 defeat in Perth in the Rugby Championship

Scott Barrett, left, is sent off during New Zealand's Rugby Championship loss to Australia. Getty
Scott Barrett, left, is sent off during New Zealand's Rugby Championship loss to Australia. Getty

Lock Scott Barrett could miss the start of the Rugby World Cup after becoming only the fourth New Zealand international to be sent off during a Test match in the 47-26 Rugby Championship loss to Australia in Perth on Saturday.

French referee Jerome Garces adjudged that Barrett had committed a dangerous tackle when he made contact with the head of Australia captain Michael Hooper with a no-arm tackle at a ruck just before half time in Perth.

The offence usually carries a six-week ban and Barrett will definitely miss the second Bledisloe Cup Test against the Wallabies in Auckland next Saturday, which the All Blacks must win to retain the trophy they have held since 2003.

It could also put him in doubt for New Zealand's World Cup opener against South Africa in Yokohama on September 21, another big blow after his fellow lock Brodie Retallick dislocated his shoulder in the 16-16 draw with the Springboks last week.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said the dismissal had been costly even if he was more concerned about how many tackles his side had missed.

"It's not good enough when first half you miss 10 or 20 tackles out of 90 so we were not going well," he said.

"We were starting to get into the game and then, lack of discipline, we get a guy sent off and it's not a team you want to play with 14 against.

"We were just starting to come right defensively, you can't miss first time tackles, it puts you on the back foot.

"In the end we missed a lot of tackles but that's because of the simple fact that we only had 14 guys on the park and the guys were trying to do three jobs rather than just their own."

Hansen said he had been encouraged by the spirit shown by his team despite playing with one man fewer for half of the match.

"At the end of the day, both sides were out on their feet, so all credit to Australia, good win," he added.

"Having said that, I'm still proud of our boys, the way they stayed in there with 14 men, they didn't lie down."

With Hansen on the record as saying the Bledisloe Cup is the second most important trophy for the All Blacks after the World Cup, the Wallabies could face quite a backlash at Eden Park next week.

"Lots can change in seven days," Hansen said. "Attitudes change, we probably won't have Scotty Barrett so we'll have to make some team changes, but we've just got to get our game going and play with a bit more confidence.

New Zealand went to the break 16-12 behind and they never recovered with Australia crossing for six tries to the visitor's four, scoring their most points ever against the All Blacks.

"It was some game, plenty of action, When you get that atmosphere brewing it makes you want to play better," said Australia coach Michael Cheika. "A few things went our way, but I'm very pleased. We're all pumped."

Australia quickly raced 10-0 ahead with James O'Connor sending an off-load to Reece Hodge who sprinted to the line for a try.

Rattled, the All Blacks hauled themselves into the game with Anton Lienert-Brown's try. They then snatched the lead on 16 minutes after a turnover, with Dane Coles making a break and Reiko Ioane crossing the line

A penalty put Australia back on top before Barrett's dismissal changed the complexion of proceedings completely.

Tries from Nic White and Lukhan Salakaia-Loto within eight minutes of the re-start left New Zealand with a near-impossible task.

The All Blacks pegged one back through Beauden Barrett before Marika Koroibete powered over for another Australian five-pointer and Hodge then got his second.

Ngani Laumape grabbed a consolation try, before Kurtley Beale rubbed salt in the wounds with the Wallabies' sixth

Updated: August 10, 2019 06:26 PM

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