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Saturday, August 23, 2014

All Blacks put 50 on the Wallabies to continue Eden Park domination

Richie McCaw bounced back from being yellow carded early on to score twice as the All Blacks thumped the Wallabies 51-20 at fortress Eden Park on Saturday. A week after their 12-12 draw the home side went up a notch, or ten, to score six tries.

Australia were in the match for the first quarter, which included a McCaw yellow card, but as he came back on the Wallabies lost Rob Simmons to the bin, and it all went downhill from there.

A penalty-try followed, and then a breakout Julian Savea score after great work from Aaron Cruden, and the Aussies couldn't hault the tide of a ferociously intense All Blacks outing.

"It was a special performance," coach Steve Hansen said of the Bledisloe Cup victory, and result that saw them achieve their highest ever score against the cross-Tasman rivals.

"I sensed that we were going to play a lot better than the week before, because we played so poor the week before and because we trained so very well. We managed to bring our A game tonight."

Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie said that they were outplayed, while skipper Michael Hooper, who scored an excellent try as part of a fightback, said that losing Simmons really cost them.

"We were chasing a lot in that first period before the yellow card which took a toll on us. Then to try and catch up and get back in the game was difficult. They stuffed our offloads and made good metres off us. That took it out of us," he said.

"They got over the advantage line quite easily and then that just means we're chasing our tail. We're running back and they've got class backs to pounce on that."

Flyhalf Cruden, in for injured Dan Carter, converted all the tries and landed three penalties. 

Credit: NZAUTV. Better quality highlights will replace these when possible

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jimmy23 August 24, 2014 1:33 pm

How do the All Blacks do it. Every time you think they're close to being matched, they just casually step up another gear and do that.
Sad to say but I'm getting more proud of the fact England are the only team to have beaten them so far since 2011.

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DrG August 24, 2014 8:15 pm

I think it's crazy isn't it! You see them one week when 'your team' (any team) is facing them and you think "DAMN that was so close we NEARLY had them!".

You take some satisfaction in the fact that NZ looked uncomfortable, you NEARLY won and that you know your coach is going to drill your team to grind out that little bit extra they needed to seal the win. In all you suddenly feel confident heading into next weeks game...

Then the exact same NZ team come waltzing out (not a man has changed) and your now 'well drilled "we have that bit extra" team' gets turned into a bunch of amateur schoolboys by a team that looks like their strolling...

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oldflyhalf August 25, 2014 1:16 pm

That victory of England, december 2012, not 2011, was the exception to the rule, and the rule is : "All Blacks always win against anyone, anytime, anywhere." :)
The management team of England, the connoisseurs of this sport, I know very well this "rule". ...it was an accident. :)
The first 10 teams in the IRB rankings are preparing a whole year with one major target : to beat the All Blacks. ... maybe I'm wrong, or maybe not. :)

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Computer says No August 24, 2014 6:04 pm

Not sure what happened to the Aussies during the middle period when they were a man up. Decided to go to sleep! Looked like they were trying to lose most of the game:\

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Juggernauter August 24, 2014 9:51 pm

The AB's were absolutely brilliant and ruthless. Bit you've got to feel that Mckenzie shot himself in the foot with some of his selections. Yes, there were a couple of injured or unavailable players, so I'll just focus on the ones taht he could have got better. The front five is as good as they could muster, but wat's with Wycliff Palu? Great for the Waratahs but almost a ghost when playing for Australia, specially against the All Blacks - time to give Scott Higginbotham a shot. He's a good tackler, great carrier and has cut his penalty count (which was a ral let down of his game) so he isn't a dangerous player to have around anymore.

Nic White also has to make way for Nick Phipps. White kicks and kicks and kicks and then goes and wind up opposition players, and makes the odd tackle. Phipps is extraordinary fit, very good on defence, a slick passer and getting better at kicking, so give him a shot as well. The Beale experiment was clearly a failure, and who knows if Mckenzie put him there just to keep him happy and in rugby. But there's no reason to keep having Foley on the bench, a great kicker/goal kicker, excellent in defence and very competent in attack, but, above all, a number 20 you can really rely on and that WON'T HAVE TO DEFEND AT WING like Beale does, which is shameful when you consider e's a professional athlete.
Beale and Toomua can fight for the no. 12 shirt.
Oh and the wings - I get there's no Cummins, Speight or Tomane, but come on, Pat McCabe is a good player but has no pace to play on the wing. Just look at guys like Hendricks, Montero, Jane, Savea, Yarde, Gilroy or even Maitland and you'll see my point.
Hope the Wallabies find bak their mojo!!

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Canadian content August 25, 2014 12:55 am

Pretty much agree with all that. Beale not a 10, no one fears the oz wings, white is just a little prick, Phipps offers more, higginbottom offers oz many things they don't have on the field now.

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breakaway August 24, 2014 11:07 pm

I've been watching the All Blacks for many years and I don't think I've seen them play with more sustained intensity than they did through most of this test. At times it was spine-tingling. Credit to the Wallabies for not dropping their heads and getting those two tries, but that seemed to just irritate the ABs into taking it back up a notch to get the 50 points. I noticed a tweet from John Smit saying "The rest of us can be very happy we are not playing the ABs today".

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spicksandspecks August 25, 2014 7:20 am

Well done to the All Blacks. They did everything right and took all their opportunities against a lacklustre Wallabies. The real turning point for me was at 16-6 when Falau almost scored, Poite missed the high tackle and Savea scored a try on the rebound. Poite had a good game apart from that abysmal miss, and the Wallabies could have been 16-13 instead of 23-6. The Wallabies never recovered apart from that 10 mins in the 2nd half where they scored twice.

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JG August 25, 2014 8:41 pm

The touchie also missed this high tackle, however I think you will find that Falou was just that fast that both the ref and the touchie couldn't keep up, and from a distance they could not see clearly enough to make a ruling.

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spicksandspecks August 26, 2014 10:49 am

Which is why they have the TMO if they are unsure. By letting it go, they are saying that they saw the tackle and believed it to be legal.

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LeinSTAR August 25, 2014 8:59 am

Frightening to think that the world's 'best team' can put 50 on the 'third best' like that. Yes, Aussie's were poor but its they were comprehensively outplayed in every single department.

As an English supporter I'm getting so sick and tired of NZ routing Australia constantly during these Championships, the result is seemingly never in doubt. Aussies just don't have enough world class players. Sure Folau would walk into a World XV, would any of the other Aussies? For NZ you'd easily have Woodcock, Retallick, McCaw, Read, Cruden (?), and the Smiths (at least!)

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breakaway August 25, 2014 12:18 pm

"As an English supporter I'm getting so sick and tired of NZ routing Australia constantly during these Championships, the result is seemingly never in doubt."

The previous test was a 12-all draw and the result was in doubt until the final whistle.

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Canadian content August 25, 2014 12:47 pm

Weird name for an English supporter but to add to your world class list;

Whitelock, savea, nonu

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DrG August 26, 2014 2:56 pm

Yeh...Nonu if you want a player with a HUGE amount of Union experience on his shoulders who still tackles like a guy who just converted from league.....

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Canadian content August 25, 2014 12:48 pm

Desperate to watch this game, anyone know a link?

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Colombes August 25, 2014 4:30 pm

Dear England, France, Wales, Argentina, Ireland, SA, Australia...
i think u got plenty of work to rob the Ellis trophy in 2015.

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oldflyhalf August 25, 2014 5:07 pm

The officials/referees who will lead the matches of England team at Ellis tropfy 2015 will have the most thankless ...job. Will be almost impossible to get out of this "business" with "clean face".

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Eddie-g August 25, 2014 7:02 pm

Order restored in the rugby universe. This Australian team is nowhere near their NZ counterparts. Probably no-one else is either though.

Still, Ewan McKenzie should stop taking tips from Philippe Saint-Andre on team selections. Why you'd play Beale at 10 after his S15 season at 12 is completely senseless; and if it is true about Beale making demands, I wonder how everyone now feels after shipping a half-ton to the ABs.

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Canadian content August 25, 2014 9:56 pm

Good comparison. A 12 at 10, another on the wing, McCabe, a 10 at 12, toomau

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Juggernauter August 25, 2014 11:24 pm

I guess it's fair to say that Saint André had his hands a bit more tied than McKenzie. Europe's best side, Toulon, was almost comically made up almost only by foreigners, and he had little combinations to pick from, not a lot of youngsters coming threw, very few first choice club level goal kickers who were actually french, and not many french players with big game experience and tight combinations.
Just think of their current half backs (Machenaud, Doussain, Parra, Plisson, Trinh-Duc, Tales, Michalak) to see how he has chopped and changed without a clue who their starting half backs will be at the World Cup.
McKenzie, instead, had a star-studded Waratahs XV winning their first ever Super title in front of a record crowd with their no. 10 being the best player and top points scorer of the season, and had formed a irresistible combination with Phipps and Beale at either side of him. Why on earth would you break that? Besides, the Foley-Beale axis has the great asset of knowing exactly well how to unleash the talents of Folau so he can create havoc. Messing with that is nonsense, and if he succumbed to Beale's blackmail, then he doesn't have the guts for the job, simple as that.

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Canadian content August 26, 2014 2:47 am

Because he's the same genius who thinks it's better to seat on the field rather than retreat to the safe confines of the dressing room at halftime. Bring on the sliced orange quarters!

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Eddie-g August 26, 2014 1:22 pm

I'm sure there have been times when PSA's hands have been tied, but even when not, he's managed to come up with some baffling selections.

As you said though, with the Tahs success, McKenzie had an ideal platform off which to build. There was no obvious rugby reason to break up the Foley-Beale axis; to the extent there is a worry about Beale's defence, it doesn't matter much if he's at 10 or 12. Those channels can equally easily attacked.

The other puzzling thing about McKenzie is that he seems to have lost faith in many of the Reds players he basically developed. Horwill and Genia are both out of favour, and only two Reds were in Saturday's squad. Hard to fathom, and if it is true that part of this is down to acceding to Beale's demands, then McKenzie has weakened his position.

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