All Blacks new record
Auckland: New Zealand successfully broke the record for consecutive wins after claiming a 37-10 victory against Australia at Eden Park on Saturday. The win means that they finally break the 17-match streak that was only held by themselves and South Africa previously and extend it to 18. The All Blacks were on the cusp of making the record last year before Australia beat them 27-19 in Sydney. New Zealand scored six tries in an uncharacteristically error-ridden game from them. They seemed to stutter through a lot of the game instead of demonstrating their usual silky play. Australia didn’t create too many opportunities on attack but looked in control as soon as they started moving.
In classic All Black fashion though, they pulled their performance together in the second-half, turning a fairly close game into a blow-out.
The half-time score was 15-7 to New Zealand after three tries from the home side and Australia were creeping into the game with a solitary five-pointer from second-row Rory Arnold. After Julian Savea scored his two tries he rose to fourth on the alltime New Zealand try scoring rankings with 45 five-pointers to his name. Australia had the chance to draw first blood but Bernard Foley’s kick for goal was carried away by the wind. Australia’s missed opportunity was New Zealand’s gain as the home side counter-attacked immediately and sent the ball quickly down the backline for Israel Dagg to score in the corner. The All Blacks struck again after the Australian defensive line came up too quickly which gave centre Anton Lienert-Brown a gap, which he took astutely and scored his side’s second try of the match 10 minutes in, making the score 10-0 to the home side.
Australia were close to scoring after a great run from Samu Kerevi who broke the All Black line and was close to the try line before being tackled. He just got a pass away but the offload went forward and Australia lost the momentum. The scorers: For New Zealand: Tries: Dagg 2, Lienert-Brown, Savea 2, Coles Cons Cruden Pen: Cruden For Australia: Try: Arnold Con: Foley Pen: Foley. Planet Rugby