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Hooper retains full belief in Australia despite All Blacks drubbing

Michael Hooper remains confident Australia can turn things around even in the wake of a second successive convincing defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.

Beauden Barrett turned in a sparkling performance at Eden Park on Saturday, becoming the first All Black to score four tries against the Wallabies, contributing 30 points in total as the defending champions ran out 40-12 victors to retain the Bledisloe Cup.

Joe Moody and Liam Squire also crossed the whitewash for the home side, who have not lost at the Auckland venue in 42 Tests – a run that dates back to July 1994.

The Wallabies, by comparison, are left licking their wounds on the back of last weekend’s 38-13 defeat in Sydney, while the pressure continues to mount on head coach Michael Cheika.

“I’ve got full belief in our team, I’ve got full belief in our players,” said a defiant Hooper.

“Something is not going right at the moment in certain parts of our game that we’ve got to cut out.

“But I’m a big believer in this team and I’ve got full confidence that we can turn the corner.” News wire is powered by opta

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