The All Blacks ripped apart the Wallabies 49-28 to take control of this year’s Tri-Nations series at the Docklands Stadium in Australia.
Ruthless New Zealand won their 12th consecutive Test match and their eighth in a row over the Wallabies to lead the southern hemisphere championship by 11 points over Australia, with South Africa yet to register a point.
The All Blacks scored seven tries to three and were far too strong for the Wallabies, who played the last 37 minutes without winger Drew Mitchell, who was red-carded by South African referee Craig Joubert after his second yellow card.
The Wallabies will now be battling to prevent the All Blacks on Saturday in Christchurch from stretching their winning sequence over them to nine Tests, their worst losing run in the last 63 years of Bledisloe Cup trans-Tasman Tests.
New Zealand’s fullback, Mils Muliaina, scored two tries in his 86th international Test and flyhalf Dan Carter claimed 19 points from a try, four conversions and two penalties.
While the All Blacks were again dynamic following their two home Test wins over South Africa, they were helped by a flood of Wallaby errors and had the game shot to bits with a 32-14 half-time lead.
They bounced back from an eighth-minute charge down try by Mitchell to score four tries and wrap up a bonus point minutes before the interval.
No sooner had the Wallabies celebrated Mitchell’s try off a Carter clearing kick than Carter scored off his own charge down of Berrick Barnes’s kick minutes later.
The All Blacks produced a magical try after 13 minutes when Brad Thorn kept the ball alive for winger Cory Jane to get in his kick as he was tackled. Muliaina swept on to the ball and dashed away for a try.
The All Blacks were in again off another Australian mistake when fullback Adam Ashley-Cooper lost possession in a maul and Kiwi skipper Richie McCaw picked up the ball and ran 25 metres to score.
The All Blacks finished the half strongly with a try by Jane to claim their third bonus point in three Tri-Nations matches this season.
Referee Joubert sent All Black prop Owen Franks and Wallaby winger Mitchell to the sin-bin for shoulder tackles in the opening half.
Mitchell paid again for his lack of discipline when he was red-carded for cynically interfering with a quick throw-in.
The All Blacks pulled further away six minutes after the second half when Muliaina scored his team’s fifth try.
The Wallabies pounded the All Blacks’ try-line in over 20 phases and finally managed to breach the tenacious Kiwi defence through Ashley-Cooper in the 56th minute, with Matt Giteau’s conversion reducing the deficit to 39-21.
But Joe Rokocoko, New Zealand’s all-time most-capped winger in his 64th Test, scored his side’s sixth try midway through the half.
Elsom scored Australia’s third try nine minutes from full-time and replacement Corey Flynn dashed over for his side’s seventh in the final minutes.