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There’s a bit to digest after the All Blacks’ 27-7 win.
Let’s start with the Wallabies’ defence. They missed 40 tackles to the Kiwis’ 23. That’s not good enough against any team, let alone the Kiwis.
The breakdown battle was fierce but the Australians still have plenty of work to do there. They conceded 20 turnovers.
In attack, the loss of Matt To’omua due to a groin injury seemed to take the spice out of the Wallabies’ shape.
Jordy Petaia replaced To’omua and he was superb at outside centre but Hunter Paisami doesn’t fit the two playmaker mould coach Dave Rennie has run with since taking charge.
The kicking game took a hit and that allowed the All Blacks to do what they do best – counterattack.
Caleb Clarke played just his second Test this afternoon but he was the man of the match. It’s hard not to watch the Auckland Blues star through the lens of Jonah Lomu.
The Wallabies must now win both the Sydney and Brisbane Bledisloe’s to win the series. That’s not impossible but it’s certainly a tall order.
The final siren has sounded at Eden Park.
The All Blacks have one hand on their 18th straight Bledisloe Cup after securing a 27-7 win. That’s 20 straight wins against the Wallabies at the famous Auckland ground.
The Kiwis must win just one of the final two Bledisloe Tests – which will be played in Sydney and Brisbane – to extend the drought for one more year.
COVID-19 has seen almost no matches in any sport played in front of a sold out crowd.
A sense of normality returned to Auckland this afternoon, where just over 46,000 punters clicked through the turnstiles to watch this All Blacks win.
It’s 27-7 after 73 minutes.
Liam Wright hasn’t had a fantastic afternoon since entering the fray but he just secured a critical penalty at the defensive breakdown five metres out from the Wallabies’ line.
The All Blacks still have a 27-7 lead with 10 minutes to play.
Caleb Clarke has come from the field. He was their best player this afternoon.
Second Test caps don’t come much better.
The All Blacks rookie amassed eight runs for 123 metres, 10 tackle busts and three linebreaks.
The score remains 27-7 with 12 minutes to play at Eden Park.
There’s 20 minutes remaining at Eden Park and the All Blacks have a 27-7 lead.
The result is essentially decided but the Wallabies’ response in the final quarter will be fascinating.
Australian teams of the past few years would concede 50 in this situation. Let’s see if the Wallabies can make it interesting.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
The Wallabies were in the contest at half time but they have now conceded three second half tries in the space of 15 minutes to almost certainly hand the All Blacks a 1-0 series lead.
Sam Cane was the try scorer this time.
It’s 27-7 after 55 minutes.
Brandon Paenga-Amosa thinks he has scored here.
The Wallabies executed a rolling maul very well but the hooker then promoted the ball illegally over the line.
It’s a penalty to the All Blacks instead.
The score remains 20-7 with 28 minutes to play at Eden Park.
Ardie Savea is in and the Wallabies’ Eden Park drought is on the verge of stretching to 35 years.
Savea was the scorer but this try was all about Caleb Clarke. The Jonah Lomu comparisons are not misguided.
He beat countless Wallabies defenders from a counter attack and one phase later, the ball was spread to Savea in a 5-on-1 situation. The star flanker made no mistake.
This has all the makings of a rout now.
It’s 20-7 after 48 minutes.
The Wallabies’ missed tackle count continues to rise and Jordie Barrett has scored for the All Blacks.
The Australians couldn’t clear the ball out of their own half from the restart and after a prolonged set of phases deep inside the Wallabies’ 22, an overlap saw Barrett go over untouched.
It’s 15-7 after 44 minutes at Eden Park.