Sydney - New Zealand captain Kieran Read
thought his team was "outstanding" as they eased past Australia 42-8
in their Rugby Championship clash in Sydney.
The Wallabies, who are defending champions
of this tournament, were comprehensively defeated by a rampant All Blacks, who
scored six tries.
Ryan Crotty, Beauden Barrett, Jerome Kaino,
Waisake Naholo, Dane Coles and Julian Savea crossed, with the teams meeting
again next week.
Read was clearly delighted with his
charges' performance when speaking after the fixture, but admitted it wasn't as
easy as the score makes out.
"It was tough out there but I think
the performance from our guys was outstanding," he told Fox Sports after
the tournament's opening match.
"We came here and had to fight really
hard and the boys certainly did so we've got to be pretty happy and have a
smile on our face after that."
New Zealand led 32-3 at the break which
meant they only won the second-half 10-5, with Read saying they would have
liked to have done more.
"Our execution let us down a bit in
that second-half and we would have liked to have put on a couple more tries but
the effort was there and I think that's what we wanted," he said following
the bonus-point win.
"An Australian team is certainly not
going to give up and they showed that right to the end so we'll look at the
tape to see things we can improve on for next week."
He added: "Our forwards really wanted
to do well. We know how talented our backs are if we can get turnover ball and
we managed to do that a bit off the line-out and the guys up front did a great
"We'll now look forward to next week
and getting home to our fans in Wellington."