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All Blacks seduced by scoreboard, says Hansen

21 August, 2017, 06:04 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Smith in action in the second test with the British and Irish Lions in Wellington

The All Blacks demoralised the tackle-shy Wallabies with a six-try opening half to have the game wrapped up by half-time after a 40-6 landslide.

It was then that the Wallabies mounted their response, starting when Curtis Rona crashed over next to the posts in the 51st minute.

It didn't take long for the All Blacks to hit back with a well worked try of their own debutant Liam Squire down the left wing.

D McKenzie, B Smith, R Crotty, S Bill-Williams, R Ioane, B Barrett, A Smith; J Moody, C Taylor, O Franks, B Retallick, L Squire, S Cane, K Read.

The two scandals have overshadowed the All Blacks' preparations for their Rugby Championship defence, which kicked off on Saturday against the Wallabies in Syndey, and NZR chief executive Steve Tew issued a statement to address the two incidents.

"For as much spirit was shown in the last half-hour, the Wallabies defence oscillated between atrocious and missing in the first 50 minutes, and any hope of victory was gone well before the belated comeback", he wrote.

Another penalty goal to Foley put the Wallabies back within a point but soon after the visitors were back over in the same corner when Rieko Ioane skipped outside Israel Folau.

Australian rugby legend Lynagh was scathing in his condemnation of the Wallabies' performance while commentating on the match for Sky Sports in Britain. On the same day as the Wallabies' unacceptable performance against the All Blacks, an ARU media release went largely unnoticed.

It has been a testing week for the visitors, after their governing body announced it would investigate claims Aaron Smith misled a disciplinary case past year, while the security guard at the heart of the "bug-gate" scandal - where it was alleged a listening device was found at the All Blacks' hotel prior to facing Australia in Sydney 12 months ago - was cleared of a charge of public mischief at a magistrate's court.

However, after the game, some eagle-eyed observers spotted some worrying footage from the clash as Sonny Bill Williams appeared to have been severely rocked just two minutes into the encounter.

"We tried to come here and play our game and a lot of cases it just stuck in the first half".

A second three-pointer from Foley reduced the All Blacks' advantage, but the rest of the first half proved painful in the extreme for the hosts.

They come just days after they were forced to re-open an investigation into the behaviour of half-back Aaron Smith after he was caught in a tryst with a lawyer in an airport toilet. Barrett's conversion made the score an eye watering 54-11.

Australia rallied with four converted second-half tries - from winger Curtis Rona on his debut, centres Tevita Kuridrani and Kurtley Beale, and full-back Israel Folau.

"If the ball's not on to pass, hold onto it and just back our phase play".

"It wasn't easy but put a bit of work to get there so it was lucky the guys inside me were doing their job".

Plenty to choose from in the All Blacks side, but Rieko Ioane in a photo finish over 22 others after bagging a double and setting up other.

It was close at one stage, around 18 minutes, but then the All Blacks put on a clinic after that.


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