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All Blacks crush Wallabies in Rugby Championship opener

19 August, 2017, 23:01 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Kurtley Beale believes Australia can cause a massive boilover against the All Blacks in Dunedin

The New Zealand Herald reported on Saturday there were with fresh revelations suggesting the All Blacks management knew Smith's behaviour was not a one-off.

The All Blacks dominated the Wallabies in the first half, leading the home side 40-6 at the break.

Wallabies' coach Michael Cheika admitted his side folded under pressure and that "a little bit of doubt" played a big factor in Australia's 54-34 Bledisloe Cup Test loss to the All Blacks in Sydney last night.

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By halftime they led 40-6, then 54-6 into the new half.

The rampant world champions piled on six tries in the first half alone in racking up their highest total against Australia in 114 years of trans-Tasman Test battles.

But the defense was nowhere to be seen as New Zealand sliced through Australia easily in the first half.

"It was pretty plain to see that our defence wasn't good enough, at all", Cheika said.

"When something goes against you early - and we've been preparing a certain way - if it creeps in, a little bit of doubt, (you're thinking) half, will go I? will I hedge?"

The All Blacks scored their first try with quick passes from skipper Kieran Read and winger Rieko Ioane to give blindside flanker Liam Squire a clear run to the try-line.

Midfielder Ryan Crotty had his first try after forwards Joe Moody and Brodie Retallick broke the Australian defense, Sonny Bill Williams crashed over in the 34th, and Crotty scored his second try in the last minute of the first half.

With a stunned Sydney crowd on hand and the game gone, New Zealand sights turned to record scorelines.

The Wallabies defence was shredded again and Crotty scored an easy try near the posts after Beauden Barrett handled twice in the lead-up.

It was more of the same after the restart with fullback McKenzie, playing his third test, getting reward for his thrilling running and winger Ben Smith giving the All Blacks a 54-6 lead after 48 minutes.

The return match is next Saturday in Dunedin, and the Wallabies need to win in New Zealand for the first time since 2001 to keep the Bledisloe Cup series alive.

To their credit, the Wallabies rallied to score four tries in 17 minutes, through debutant Curtis Rona, Tevita Kuridrani, Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau, but it was hard to escape the feeling that the All Blacks felt the job was already done by that stage.

"With the team we've got, the points should be coming, we've got an attacking type of team so we should be scoring points, but you've got to have both sides of the game".

"They'll do it. This group have a very strong connection, this is a road block in front of course, it's going to knock us down but it's not going to stop us".

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