Rugby: All Blacks beat Wallabies at home to retain Bledisloe Cup
WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - New Zealand winger Ben Smith followed up last week's hat-trick of tries in Sydney with two more, as the All Blacks beat Australia 27-16 in their Rugby Championship clash on Saturday to retain the Bledisloe Cup.
Debutant fly-half Tom Taylor put on an assured display with 14 points from the boot and a composed performance in general play, while Israel Dagg added a penalty when his Crusaders team-mate was receiving medical treatment late in the game.
Christian Leali'ifano kicked three penalties for the Wallabies and converted Israel Folau's late intercept try but the script followed a regular pattern for the visitors, who have not beaten the All Blacks in New Zealand since 2001.
The All Blacks have held the Bledisloe Cup, the symbol of trans-Tasman supremacy since 2003 and the third match in the series in Dunedin in October, which is not part of the Rugby Championship, is now a dead rubber.