Sydney - World champions New Zealand claimed their biggest win over the
Wallabies in Australia with a thumping 42-8 win over the defending
champions to kick off their Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup
campaign in Sydney on Saturday.
The dynamic All Blacks embarrassed
the Wallabies six tries to one and have now lost only once to the
Australians in their last 14 encounters.
It was Australia's fifth
straight Test defeat after losing to the All Blacks 34-17 in last
October's World Cup final along with three defeats at home to Six
Nations champions England in June.
The Kiwis appear no closer to
giving up the Bledisloe Cup they have held since 2003 with the two
remaining trans-Tasman Tests against the Wallabies at home in Wellington
If Australia thought the chance of finally
mastering the Kiwi powerhouse had arrived following the retirement of
legends Richie McCaw and Daniel Carter they were sadly mistaken.
Wallabies' hopes were shredded by a devastating opening half by the All
Blacks, who smashed through porous defence for four tries to lead 32-3
It was a dynamic first half by the world champions,
dominating territory and possession with Australian seemingly incapable
of mounting a resistance to the incessant waves of attack.
It got no better for the Australians with the Kiwis scoring a further 10 points against some flimsy defence.
Bernard Foley kicked an early penalty goal for the Wallabies but the All Blacks hit back quickly in the sixth minute.
Ryan Crotty broke through the tackles of Dane Haylett-Petty and Matt Giteau to storm over for an easy converted try.
Wallabies had another setback when Giteau was forced from the field
hobbling from an injured left ankle to be replaced by Matt Toomua.
kicked the All Blacks further in front with back-to-back penalties as
the Wallabies struggled to get into the game against the fluent Kiwis.
The hapless Wallabies called on a second replacement when Toomua collided with Barrett and made way for Rob Horne.
disaster befell the Wallabies when Foley's clearing kick was charged
down by flanker Jerome Kaino who scored for a 25-3 lead.
Nothing was going right for the Wallabies with a third back forced off with injury with Horne succumbing to a left arm injury.
The All Blacks showed no mercy and scored their fourth try through left-winger Waisake Naholo after a scything run by Barrett.
The game looked well beyond the Wallabies' reach at halftime after an explosive opening half by the world champions.
Michael Cheika made a flurry of replacements early in the second half
in a bid to spark his team as the All Blacks continued their points
Dane Coles scored after Tevita Kuridrani dropped a pass
and then minutes later another replacement Julian Savea scored in the
opposite corner for a 42-3 lead.
Replacement Nick Phipps scored the Wallabies only try with five minutes left.
Try: Nick Phipps
Penalty: Bernard Foley
Tries: Ryan Crotty, Beauden Barrett, Jerome Kaino, Waisake Naholo, Dane Coles, Julian Savea
Conversions: Barrett (4)
Penalties: Barrett (2)
15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Dane Haylett-Petty, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Ben McCalman, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 James Slipper, 18 Allan Ala’alatoa, 19 Dean Mumm, 20 Scott Fardy, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Rob Horne
15. Israel Dagg, 14. Ben Smith, 13. Malakai Fekitoa, 12. Ryan Crotty, 11. Waisake Naholo, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Kieran Read (captain), 7. Sam Cane, 6. Jerome Kaino, 5. Samuel Whitelock, 4. Brodie Retallick, 3. Owen Franks, 2. Codie Taylor, 1. Wyatt Crockett
Substitutes: 16. Dane Coles, 17 Kane Hames, 18. Charlie Faumuina, 19 Liam Squire, 20. Ardie Savea, 21. TJ Perenara, 22. Aaron Cruden, 23. Julian Savea