An exciting game will start in a few hours between Australia and New Zealand. If the All Blacks win, it will be the 100th win against Australia. Some high profile All Blacks are picking Australia to win, but I am picking the All Blacks to win by at least seven points. It will be a day for the play makers at No. 10 with Aaron Cruden exuding confidence..Quade Cooper was overlooked in favour of Matt Toomua, who will pit his raw skills against Cruden. Toomua has formed a formidable midfield combination with Christian Lealiifano that is built on solid defence which will be badly needed tonight.
New coach Ewen McKenzie will be whipping the boys to believe they can win and I think he will prove a better coach than Robbier Deans.
The All Black team is an experienced one and it is pleasing to see Steven Luatua getting his second cap tonight and . playing alongside Richie McCaw and Kieran Read could be a catalyst in his international career and a chance to show his full range of rugged skills.Richie McCaw is being written off by some, but the sly old farmer will give his flock another notch up in the leadership rachet.
I feel we will see Ryan Crotty on early from the bench and a chance to show that he has been unlucky in the past. Ben Smith at full back for the All Blacks adds an element of surprise and elusiveness that few teams can pigeon-hole, and is likely to score at least one try.
Referee Craig Joubert should let the game flow on what promises to be a fine night with temperatures expected to be around 14 oC.