Rugby World Cup 2011
All Blacks lead at Eden Park
Piri Weepu (AP)
Cape Town - The All Blacks were leading the Wallabies by 14-6 at half-time in their Rugby World Cup semi-final at Eden Park in Auckland.
The New Zealanders started like a house on fire, constantly pressurising the Wallaby line, and were duly rewarded when centre Ma'a Nonu crashed over inside the first five minutes.
Scrumhalf Piri Weepu kicked a further penalty to put the All Blacks 8-0 up.
Australia responded via a penalty from winger James O'Connor (8-3) before a drop-goal from flyhalf Aaron Cruden stretched the All Blacks' lead to eight points again (11-3).
Aussie flyhalf, Quade Cooper, responded with a drop-goal of his own to put the Wallabies back within striking distance.
However, Weepu kicked another penalty just before the break to put the New Zealanders 14-6 up.
New Zealand will rue some missed opportunities though, most notably Weepu missing three kicks at goal.
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Richard Kahui, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Brad Thorn, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutes: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Ali Williams, 19 Victor Vito, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Stephen Donald, 22 Sonny Bill WilliamsAustralia:
15 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14 James O'Connor, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper/Anthony Fainga'a, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Radike Samo, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom; 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Dan Vickerman, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sekope Kepu
Subsitutes: 16 Tatafu Polota Nau, 17 James Slipper, 18 Rob Simmons, 19 Ben McCalman, 20 Luke Burgess, 21 Berrick Barnes, 22 Anthony Fainga'a/Rob Horne