Props Tom Robertson and Sekope Kepu have paid the price for Australia’s poorly performing scrum by being dropped to the bench for the Rugby Championship clash with New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

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FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union – Autumn Internationals – Wales vs Australia – Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Britain – November 11, 2017 Wales’ Liam Williams gets past a tackle from Australia’s Tom Robertson Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

WELLINGTON: Props Tom Robertson and Sekope Kepu have paid the price for Australia’s poorly performing scrum by being dropped to the bench for the Rugby Championship clash with New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

Regular first-choice loosehead prop Scott Sio, who was injured and missed last week’s 38-13 loss to the All Blacks, returns to the starting side in place of Robertson.

Kepu, who has won 95 caps for the Wallabies but was regularly twisted or shunted backwards by Joe Moody last week, has been replaced by Allan Alaalatoa.

Hooker Folau Faingaa is also expected to make his debut off the bench after he replaced Tolu Latu, whose wayward lineout throwing against the All Blacks contributed to an all-round terrible set-piece for the Wallabies in Sydney.

Outside back Tom Banks could also…

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