Saturday , January 28 2023

All Blacks Demolish Wallabies to retain Bledisloe Cup


Auckland – The All Blacks sent out an emphatic message they are not underestimated at the Rugby World Cup as they bounced back from a hiding last week to thrash the Wallabies 36-0 at Eden Park on Saturday.

As it happened: New Zealand v Australia

Having been mocked in the media sparring before the test as the "Old Blacks" and "over the hill", the All Blacks dug deep into their wealth of the five tries to nil.

It is the first time since 2012, and Australia has failed to score a Test against New Zealand.

Coach Steve Hansen's bold move to drop The Ben Smith and Rieko Ioane were rewarded with the two fledgling replacements, George Bridge and Sevu Reece, both scoring tries.

The overwhelming victory, just seven days after a record loss to the Australians, saw the All Blacks retain the Bledisloe Cup for a 17th straight year.

It also meant the Wallabies, who came in confident they could end the years of misery at The All Blacks' Eden Park Fortress, 19th Tests stretching back to 1986.

A week after the Wallabies were bullied, and this time it was the New Zealand who had the control and the loose trio of Kieran Read, Ardie Savea and Sam Cane commanded the breakdown.

The All Blacks may be notoriously slow starters, but they have opened up this time with bristling with determination and Christian anxiety, when Christian Lealiifano's kick-off went out on the full.

Within minutes, they had pushed the Wallabies deep into their territory, where Richie Mounna opened the scoring with a penalty.

The Wallabies had their moments midway through the half with Samu Kerevi and Marika Koroibete finding space that had the All Blacks scrambling.

But a sustained period of drives at the line were repulsed by a watertight All Blacks defense, while penalty attempts by Reece Hodge and Lealiifano went wide.

The All Blacks took a 60-meter try to Moo'n from an intercept pass, and then Bridge, making Aaron Smith in for a try.

All Blacks skipper Kieran Ready for the good job of Dane Coles.

But despite her absence, a seven-man All Blacks pack walked the Wallabies eight backwards in two scrums.

As soon as Coles returned to the fray, Sonny Bill Williams crashed through two tackles to score and extended the lead to 24-0.

Reece, who had a quiet first half, was fired up in the second time, and was rewarded with a try when he had toed the ball and then out-sprinted Kurtley Beale to score.

Bridge slid in for a corner.


New Zealand

Tries: Richie Moong, Aaron Smith, Sonny Bill Williams, Sevu Reece, George Bridge

Conversions: Moon (3), Beauden Barrett

Penalty: To Moony


New Zealand

15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Moong, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Ardie Savea, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody

Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Ofa Tu'ngafası, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Jackson Hemopo, 20 Matt Todd, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Ngani Laumape, 23 Jordie Barrett


15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Reece Hodge, 13 James O'Connor, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Nic White, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Adam Coleman , 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Allan Alaatatoa, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Scott Sio

Substitutes: 16 Folau Fainga, 17 James Slipper, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Liam Wright, 21 Will Genia, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Adam Ashley-Cooper

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