We’ll have to wrap up there rugby fans.
I’m about to jump on a couple of Zooms with both coaches and captains across the ditch, while Sam is tapping out an analysis piece that will be up shortly.
The All Blacks were determined to lift for this one and certainly did. What a performance it was. 5
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The Wallabies surrendered the Bledisloe Cup for a 19th year in a row after the All Blacks inflicted a crushing 57-22 defeat in Auckland on Saturday.
New Zealand scored two tries from intercepts and another six in all-too-easy fashion to ruin Australian hopes of breaking a 35-year Eden Park hoodoo and win on Kiwi soil for the first time in two decades.
After insisting all week the All Blacks were the ones under pressure, this Wallabies performance showed their eight-point defeat in game one evoked only false hope.
New Zealand have never scored more points at Eden Park against the Wallabies.
It wasn’t a record defeat, but if you’re a Wallabies fan the feeling isn’t far off.
The Bledisloe Cup is staying in New Zealand for the 19th straight year.
Based on the last two weeks, it’s hard to envisage a series which any time soon which will finish with any other result.
The All Blacks rubbed salt into the wound by scoring another try, though David Havili, long after the final siren.
The rookie winger said this week that individual performances mean nothing when the team result doesn’t go your way.
It’s a noble stance but he’s one of the Wallabies who will emerge from this series with their reputation enhanced.
He’s now scored three tries in two Tests against the All Blacks. There wouldn’t be many, if any, Wallabies that can lay that claim to fame.
NZL 50-22 AUS after 70 minutes
This is entering embarrassing territory for the Wallabies.
The All Blacks have 50 on the scoreboard after Ardie Savea beat multiple tackles and put Will Jordan away.
Dave Rennie’s side are staring down another record defeat.
NZL 50-15 AUS after 67 minutes
The Wallabies lost 43-5 to the All Blacks in Sydney last year.
Codie Taylor just made the most of the wet conditions as he scored his second of the night and pushed the score out to 43-15.
With 19 minutes still to play, the Wallabies are now playing to avoid unwanted history.
Just 22 minutes ago, they were playing to keep the series alive. It’s remarkable how often the tide can turn against one of the world’s best teams.
You would think the Wallabies have learned the All Blacks are hunting for cutout passes out wide to pick off.
Matt To’omua threw a long, looping ball to the right wing, inviting Sevu Reece to attempt an intercept.
The winger took the invitation and ran 70 metres to put the result beyond all doubt.
In the blink of an eye, it’s game over. The Bledisloe will not be coming back to Australia.
NZL 38-15 AUS after 56 minutes
The star fullback had the wind at his back but it still takes some serious leg power to land a shot at goal from 58 metres out.
Ardie Savea has now returned, too.
In the time he was off, the home side added 10 points to their margin.
NZL 31-15 AUS after 50 minutes