All Blacks dominate first half

Clyde Nash
August 20, 2017

New Zealand's inability to put away the British and Irish Lions in their drawn home series last month had raised doubts whether the All Blacks' era of dominance was on the wane.

Ioane had his second nearly immediately following a Wallabies mistake with a pass going astray in midfield that was swopped on by Ryan Crotty who found Ioane and he ran 40 metres to score the All Blacks third try after just a tick over 20 minutes on the clock.

It was New Zealand's biggest score over Australia, eclipsing their 51-20 win in Auckland three years ago and puts them well on the way to holding on to the trans-Tasman Bledisloe Cup, which they have held since 2003.

New Zealand Rugby confirmed on Saturday that the 34-year-old had returned home to deal with a "personal matter".

The Maori All Black went over again minutes later to score a double, before Ryan Crotty notched New Zealand's fourth try with less than half an hour played, as Australia were guilty of multiple handling errors. Instead, they compounded the impression that the sport in Australia is in disarray - and New Zealand should have won more convincingly.

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The flanker was said to have met Tara Pokarier in hotels across Austalia and New Zealand even though he is married to Diana Breslin.

While it was a dominant Test for the All Blacks it plunged Australia rugby further in the gloom after a woeful Super Rugby season where Australian teams lost all their 26 games to New Zealand opposition.

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.

The men in black rewrote the record books; scoring their most points in a test against the Aussies.

The world champions extinguished any chance of an upset with three tries in seven first-half minutes.

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As Australia began to get their ship in order, Sonny Bill-Williams then went over the whitewash five minutes from the break, to score his first try versus Australia. Beauden Barrett's conversion made it 7-3.

Crotty had his first try in the 25th minute after McKenzie combined with Barrett to leave the line open.

The Wallabies scored tries through debutant winger Curtis Rona, replacement back Tevita Kuridrani, centre Kurtley Beale and fullback Israel Folau but they came in the second half once the game was already beyond them.

Michael Cheika's side may have been a clear underdogs a Sydney's ANZ Stadium, but few could have anticipated just how dominant its opponent would be in an embarrassingly one-sided opening 50 minutes, before the Wallabies rallied with the match well beyond them.

By the end of 80 minutes, Australia had missed 48 tackles, which is just not good enough at global level.

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