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Auckland – TheAll Blackssent out an emphatic message they are not to be underestimated at the Rugby World Cup as they bounced back from a hiding last week to thrash theWallabies36-0 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 experience to outscore the Wallabies five tries to nil.
It is the first time since 2012 and the eighth time overall that Australia have failed to score in a Test against New Zealand.
Coach Steve Hansen’s bold move to drop the experienced Ben Smith and
Rieko Ioane was rewarded with the two fledgling replacements, George
Bridge and Sevu Reece, both scoring tries.
The overwhelming victory, just seven days after suffering 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 arrived confident they could end
years of misery at the All Blacks’ Eden Park fortress, go home still
winless in Auckland in 19 Tests stretching back to 198
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