Wallabies overwhelmed by All Blacks

Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand scores a try during the 41-13 victory against Australia in the Bledisloe Cup match in Auckland yesterday.
Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand scores a try during the 41-13 victory against Australia in the Bledisloe Cup match in Auckland yesterday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

AUCKLAND • The All Blacks' frustration at last week's loss to the Wallabies in Sydney spilled over yesterday in Auckland, where they thrashed the Australians 41-13.

It was a telling statement in their last match before heading to England to defend the World Cup.

The New Zealanders' pride was wounded when they lost the Rugby Championship decider 27-19 and they were determined to make amends and retain the Bledisloe Cup for the 13th consecutive year.

The world champions led 13-6 at half-time and then scored three tries in a seven-minute burst.

The hosts scored five tries with Dane Coles, Ma'a Nonu (twice) and Conrad Smith crossing the line along with the penalty try while Dan Carter landed all five conversions and two penalties.

"They came out and put us under a bit of pressure territory-wise and possession-wise and we stuck together and got turnovers when we needed to get them and slowly put our impression on the game," said coach Steve Hansen.

The sense of urgency in the All Blacks' play was fitting for the farewell appearance in New Zealand of six of their elder statesmen - Richie McCaw, in his record-setting 142nd Test, Dan Carter, Conrad Smith, Nonu, Keven Mealamu and Tony Woodcock.

The All Blacks conceded three penalties in the opening 10 minutes, allowing Quade Cooper to get the Wallabies on the board first.

But New Zealand soon settled and piled on 13 points before Wallabies coach Michael Cheika replaced Wycliff Palu and Will Skelton with David Pocock and Dean Mumm.

But it did little to stem the All Blacks' tide with Ben Smith and Nehe Milner-Skudder combining to put Aaron Smith on a run to the line where he was felled by Cooper.

Referee Nigel Owens had no hesitation in awarding the penalty try and sending Cooper to the sin-bin.

Milner-Skudder set up Ma'a Nonu's first try and a Nonu pass put Conrad Smith over as the All Blacks scored three tries in quick succession before Nonu scored his second with 15 minutes to go.

Israel Folau scored the Wallabies' sole try when he intercepted an All Blacks' crosskick inside his own half and raced 60m to the line.

It was scant consolation for Australia, who have not won at Eden Park in 16 attempts since 1986. The All Blacks stretched a formidable record at their fortress to 34 consecutive Test wins since 1994.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 16, 2015, with the headline 'Wallabies overwhelmed by All Blacks'. Print Edition | Subscribe