The whole world believed that the Aussies could upset and be the team that will finally get one over the Mighty All Blacks, but the All Blacks proved everyone wrong by a smashing the Aussies 51-20 in Eden Park.
This was one of the best performance from this New Zeeland team for a long time. With an unstoppable speed the All Blacks played the Aussies off the field. Their handling was outstanding and the ability to put their fast strong backs in space was the main difference today as the find space at will.
Australia were first to get on the board with a penalty from the kick-off but that was quickly turned around with Cruden slotting over 2 quick penalties. For here the Aussies were never in the game and could not keep up with the All Balcks.
Defence from both teams kept them from scoring any tries.
Hell definitely freeze over as Poite showed Richie McCaw a yellow card and the Aussies would have believed that this is their change to capitalize.
Going down to 14 men gave the All Blacks even more to play for and they stood up big time and Cruden extended their lead to 9-6. The All Blacks maul was unstoppable and Simmons got a yellow card from Poite as well for lifting a players legs in the maul.
With the Aussies down to 14 men the All Blacks showed them how to use that to your advantage. The All Blacks quickly stretch their lead to 23-6. This came after Folau got a great break and was hit high but the referee did not see it with the All Blacks that score through Julian Savea.
Barrett made a huge difference when he came on the field and even had a special moment in the game when he run down Folau after and intercept and tackled him out to touch.
The Aussies did get two tries in the second half to bring their score to 20 points but it was the day of the “Men in Black” as they got over the 50 point mark after the full time hooter sounded.
The All Blacks showed that they are still the best in the world and other teams need to take notice.
If you thought New Zealand were a fading force, think again.
For New Zealand: Tries: Penalty Try, Savea, Read, McCaw 2, Luatua Cons: Cruden 5, Foley Pens: Cruden 3 Yellow Cards: Simmons, Franks
Australia: Tries: Folau, Hooper Cons: Foley 2 Pens: Beale 2 Yellow Card: Simmons