Sydney - The All Blacks crushed Australia 47-29 in the opening Rugby
Championship Test in Sydney on Saturday, ensuring a torrid debut for new
Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.
The World Cup champions scored six
tries to two to hammer the Australians, who were playing under McKenzie
for the first time since he took over from Robbie Deans last month.
All Blacks ruthlessly exploited the Wallabies' brittle defence and
stormed home for a bonus-point victory and their 100th Test win over
Australia after leading 25-19 at half-time.
Wing Ben Smith became
the first All Black to score a hat-trick of Test tries in eight years
with other tries to skipper Richie McCaw, Aaron Cruden and Conrad Smith.
who had a fine match along with scrumhalf Aaron Smith, finished with
20 points from his try, three conversions and three penalties.
was the All Blacks' 15th win in their last 19 encounters against the
Wallabies to maintain their dominance in the Bledisloe Cup, which they
have held since 2003.
The optimism of a new start under McKenzie
quickly died out, with dynamic wing Israel Folau hardly seeing the
ball and debut flyhalf Matt Toomua replaced by Quade Cooper on the
The All Blacks hit the ground running and the Australians
had to defend their line before Cruden put winger Ben Smith over in the
right corner after James O'Connor left his wing to create the overlap in
the third minute.
Christian Leali'ifano reduced the margin with an
eighth-minute penalty after Kieran Read was penalised for barging into
Kiwi skipper McCaw conceded a ruck penalty and
Leali'ifano kicked his second penalty to reduce the All Blacks' lead to
McCaw redeemed himself when he won a ruck penalty for Cruden to kick the All Blacks to a 10-6 lead after 20 minutes.
Leali'ifano kicked the Wallabies in front for the first time 12-10 with two penalties off ruck infringements.
the All Blacks scored against the run of play when Cruden charged down
Leali'ifano's clearing kick to score and convert in the 29th minute for a
Worse was to come for the Wallabies minutes later
when McCaw plunged over wide out for his ninth career Test try against
Australia and push the All Blacks out to a 22-12 advantage.
Genia threw the Wallabies a lifeline minutes before the break with a
sensational 60-metre try off a Michael Hooper break. Lealiifano
converted and Australia trailed 22-19.
But Cruden kicked the All
Blacks three points further ahead at half-time after the Wallabies were
caught offside inside their own quarter.
The Wallabies began the
second half on the front foot and forced a ruck penalty in front of the
All Blacks post for Leali'ifano's fifth straight penalty and trail 25-22.
the All Blacks swiftly hit back for their bonus-point fourth try with
centre Conrad Smith dashing over off Aaron Smith to score near the posts
for a 32-22 lead after 51 minutes.
The Wallabies were pushed off
the ball in a scrum and Steven Luatua took play close to the Australian
line before they spread the ball out to right-winger Ben Smith for his
second try as the rampant All Blacks swept to a 37-22 lead midway
through the second half.
Cruden kicked his third penalty as New Zealand hit 40 points into the final quarter of the match.
they weren't finished and Ben Smith became the first All Black to score
a hat-trick of tries since Doug Howlett eight years ago with his third
touchdown eight minutes from the end.
O'Connor scored Australia's consolation second try in the final minute.
Tries: Will Genia, James O'Connor
Conversions: Christian Lealiifano (2)
Penalties: Lealiifano (5)
Tries: Ben Smith (3), Aaron Cruden, Richie McCaw, Conrad Smith
Conversions: Cruden (3), Beauden Barrett
Penalties: Cruden (3)
15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper,
12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 James O'Connor, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben
Mowen, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Hugh McMeniman, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rod
Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper
16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Scott Fardy, 20 Liam
Gill, 21 Nic White, 22 Quade Cooper, 23 Tevita Kuridrani
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a
Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw
(captain), 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks,
2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutes: 16 even Mealamu, 17 Ben
Franks, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Brodie Retallick, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera
Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Ryan Crotty