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Bledisloe Cup Wallabies anticipating Bledisloe Cup backlash from All Blacks

After setting up a live Bledisloe Cup Test at Eden Park, the Wallabies are bracing themselves for an All Blacks response.

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Dean Mumm admits Australia are prepared for an All Blacks backlash in the Bledisloe Cup deciding Test on Saturday.

The Wallabies shocked New Zealand with a 27-19 win in Sydney on Saturday, and lock Mumm expects the world champions to hit back hard at Eden Park this weekend.

"I think from us we're expecting a pretty full-on Kiwi response I'd say; at Eden Park, in front of a crowd that is extremely patriotic in a place that they absolutely love playing," Mumm said on Monday.

"They are the best team in the world because they are very, very consistent and they are going home to their favourite ground to play.

"It's a tough task and many teams have struggled there. It's a very big challenge for us, but one we're very much looking forward to."

The Wallabies' trip to Auckland will mark their final competitive match before the Rugby World Cup.

Michael Cheika's men are in a tough Group A along with hosts England and Wales, but Mumm feels the Australian pack is closing the gap in terms of their scrum compared to their northern-hemisphere opponents.

"The Poms [England] are not so keen on us scrummaging, they certainly feel it's an area that can be pressured and one they feel they have dominance in," he added.

"From my point of view, I think that's a great opportunity for us. We went OK in the scrum at the weekend and I think we're certainly improving as an entity there, but we still have a long way to go.

"England and Wales pride themselves massively on their scrummaging ability and their ability to put pressure on sides through that.

"If you want to be the genuine article, you have to have the ability to do that. I don't think we're 100 percent there but we're improving."

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