All Blacks Batter Wallabies In Rugby Championship Opener


The New Zealand All Blacks were hugely impressive winners in the opening game of the 2016 Rugby Championship, as they hammered Australia 42-8 in the ANZ Stadium in Sydney. 

They dominated the game from the kick-off as they scored six tries to Austalia’s one, and that only came in the final ten minutes of the game.

Fly-half Beauden Barrett was the star of the show, as he scored a cracking try, set up two others, including one for Waisake Naholo, while also scoring 12 points with the boot.

It was Australia who started off the scoring when Bernard Foley kicked a 3rd minute penalty, however just three minutes later Ryan Crotty showed a tremendous burst of pace down the left wing to score in the corner after some neat passing. A conversion and a couple of nicely taken penalties from Barrett had the Kiwis in command, 13-3 before Barrett himself scored a brilliant try, coming round the corner to score under the posts.

The All Blacks were first to every ball, won the crucial tackles, and won turnover ball time and again, as Aussie errors were being punished repeatedly.

Two more tries before half-time sealed the win for New Zealand, Jerome Kaino blocked down an attempted kick to score while Naholo was sent clear by Barrett to touchdown as the Kiwis went in at the break 32-3 ahead.

Two more quick-fire tries before the hour mark had Australia in danger of a real history-making defeat, as Dane Coles took advantage from a turnover before Julian Savea burst his way over to score their sixth try.

With just six minutes left Kieran Read was sin-binned for coming in from the side, and Australia took immediate advantage when Nick Phillips scored in the corner. To add to their woes, Foley missed the conversion.

The 2015 champions will have their work cut out to retain the title as the All Blacks look to be the team to beat in this year’s Championship.

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