New Zealand won the Bledisloe Cup for the 14th year in a row after a 29-9 victory over Australia at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
After last week’s crushing of the Aussies, the All Blacks were expecting a backlash from Michael Chieka’s men. However it was the Kiwi’s who struck first, when Israel Dagg scored after some great work following a line-out.
Dagg got his second try after just twenty minutes when Beauden Barrett danced through the Australian defence before putting Dagg in for the score. The All Blacks were 15-6 up at that stage, with only two Bernard Foley penalties to show for their efforts.
Reece Hodge did close the gap to just six points, but then disaster struck just before half-time, when Adam Coleman was sent to the sin-bin following a late hit on Ben Smith.
While Australia didn’t concede any points during that 10 minute period either side of half-time, it wasn’t long before the All Blacks breached their defence again. Israel Dagg secured a high-ball and from the resulting phase Julian Savea touched down in the corner as they began to take full control of the match.
New Zealand completed the scoring just after the hour mark, when Sam Cane powered over after Smith was held up short of the try-line. After that, the game was over as a contest as both sides cleared their benches.
This was the All Blacks 42nd consecutive victories on home soil, while Australia have now lost six straight. It will give coach Michael Chieka plenty of food for though heading into their next game in two weeks time against South Africa.