All Blacks new record

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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

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