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Australia stun 14-man All Blacks in Perth

Australia stun 14-man All Blacks in Perth

Scott Barrett could miss the start of the World Cup after becoming only the fourth New Zealand worldwide ever to be sent off during a Test, with the lock receiving a red card in his nation's 47-26 loss to Australia in Perth Saturday. Then there was the red card to Barrett, of course.

In an extra sweetener, the All Blacks might surrender their world No.1 ranking to Wales for the first time since 2009 should the Welsh beat England later this weekend.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, who like Read will end his tenure with NZ Rugby after the World Cup in Japan, will also be desperate to reverse that humiliation in Perth.

New Zealand's response was a swift and strong one as they countered with two tries in four minutes.

The first judicial process is a video conference set down for 7pm tonight, and Barrett's representatives will present mitigating circumstances after the lock was sent from the Optus Stadium field in the final minute of the first half in the 47-26 defeat for his tackle in Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper. "He definitely won't be available for next week and we'll take it from there", Hansen said.

Poor discipline, too many first-up tackles missed and not looking after the ball contributed to some of the self-inflicted wounds. "There were numerous occasions we got offside when we didn't need to", he said.

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"The red card didn't help us, but we didn't help ourselves either". "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".

"At the same time, I'm extremely proud of the way they hung in".

French referee Jerome Garces deemed that Barrett had committed a risky tackle when he made contact with the head of Australia captain Michael Hooper with a no-arm tackle.

"All credit to Australia, good win", he said.

"I like to play the game tough so disappointed for a player to get (sent) off for that", he said.

Scrum-half Nic White was driving their tempo, with O'Connor turning heads in the centres and Kurtley Beale's footwork coming to the fore against 14 men. They were the best side on the day.