Australia: Dave Rennie feels wins over New Zealand teams boosts Bledisloe Cup confidence

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Wallabies coach Dave Rennie is encouraged by the improved form of Australian teams against New Zealand opposition in Super Rugby Pacific and hopes it will help his team to end their 19-year Bledisloe Cup drought against the All Blacks.

Australia will host the first Test against their trans-Tasman rivals on Thursday, September 15 at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium and Rennie feels the performances of the country’s franchises in Round 11 of Super Rugby Pacific could be a good omen for his Test side.

Good weekend

Three of Australia’s five teams were victorious in their fixtures at the weekend with two of those wins coming against New Zealand sides.

“It was a great weekend with the Brumbies winning (over the Hurricanes) and the Waratahs had a fantastic win over the Crusaders and the Rebels winning as well,” Rennie told AAP.

“The other sides all went close… so it’s good.

“I think we’re certainly more competitive and teams can take a lot of confidence out of that.”

Rennie believes Australia’s growing confidence and enhanced player depth is a shot in the arm for them against the All Blacks as well as their three-Test series against England in July.

“It’s important that we do well against the Kiwi sides as it gives us confidence, gives our players confidence that playing against some of the best players in the world, they can stand up,” he explained.

“A big challenge for our Super sides is developing enough depth to be consistently competitive but we’d be confident we can pick a really strong 23 – our Wallabies bench could add value and it’s crucial against the All Blacks because they’ve got so much depth.”

This year’s Bledisloe Cup, which is part of the Rugby Championship, will be contested in a two-match series with Eden Park in Auckland hosting the second Test on Saturday, September 24.

It means the Wallabies need to beat the All Blacks in both games if they want to wrestle the prized trophy back from them.

READ MORE: Super Rugby Pacific: Former All Black refuses to read too much into Crusaders’ loss to Waratahs

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