New Zealand snapped a two-game losing streak by thrashing Australia 39-10 in their Tri-Nations, Bledisloe Cup match at Eden Park on Saturday.
New Zealand dominated the match and kept their hopes of defending their Tri-Nations title alive after winning their 19th game in a row at their Auckland stronghold.
All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter had an outstanding night with the boot, kicking five penalties and two conversions for a tally of 19 points.
With injured captain Richie McCaw making his return, the All Blacks played with far more determination than in their 34-19 loss to Australia last week.
Loosehead prop Tony Woodcock scored a brace of tries within four minutes midway through the first half, doubling the previous amount he had scored in 41 tests, after twice crashing over from close range.
The second was a slick planned move after a lineout on Australia’s five metre line. The ball went to Ali Williams at the back of the lineout who immediately knocked it down for Woodcock to force his way over.
New Zealand had shot out to an 18-3 lead before Australia responded with a classy try to fullback Adam Ashley-Cooper, who was on the end of a slick backline move after a rare period of Australian pressure.
After leading 21-10 at halftime the All Blacks struck early in the second half, with inside centre Ma’a Nonu crashing over after New Zealand had forced a turnover inside Australia’s 22.
Nonu scored again in injury time to give New Zealand a vital four-try bonus point in the battle for the Tri-nations crown. They now lead the table from Australia then South Africa.
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