All Blacks outclass woeful Wallabies

Beauden Barrett (Getty Images)
Beauden Barrett (Getty Images)

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 and Auckland.

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.

The 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 at halftime.

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.

The Wallabies had another setback when Giteau was forced from the field hobbling from an injured left ankle to be replaced by Matt Toomua.

Barrett 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.

More 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.

Coach 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 rampage.

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.

Scorers

Australia

Try: Nick Phipps

Penalty: Bernard Foley

All Blacks

Tries: Ryan Crotty, Beauden Barrett, Jerome Kaino, Waisake Naholo, Dane Coles, Julian Savea

Conversions: Barrett (4)

Penalties: Barrett (2)

Teams

Australia

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

New Zealand

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

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