New Zealand set world record with 37-10 win over Aus­tralia

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New Zealand over­whelmed Aus­tralia 37-10 yes­ter­day in the third Bledis­loe Cup rugby test to post a world record 18thstraight test win.

The All Blacks outscored Aus­tralia six tries to one to sur­pass the record streak of the New Zealand team which won 17 tests be­tween 1965 and 1969, the Spring­boks who won the same num­ber in the late 1990s and a later All Blacks team whose 17-match streak was ended by Aus­tralia in 2014.

New Zealand faced a much more com­pet­i­tive Aus­tralia team on Satur­day than the ones they had beaten 42-8 and 29-9 in ear­lier Bledis­loe Cup matches this sea­son to ex­tend its 14-year hold on that tro­phy.

New Zealand also con­tin­ued its win­ning streak against Aus­tralia at Eden Park which stretches back 30 years to 1986 and re­mained un­beaten against the Wal­la­bies at all New Zealand venues since 2001.

The All Blacks re­main un­beaten in a world record 45 tests at home since 2009 and Kieran Read be­came the first test cap­tain to lead his team to 19 con­sec­u­tive test vic­to­ries.

“We had a good buildup dur­ing the week and there was a lot of talk in the me­dia about the record,” Read said. “I’m really stoked for the lads.

“The Wal­la­bies really brought it to us tonight. We had to dig deep. It took 70-odd min­utes be­fore we really opened them up.” The records helped to dis­guise the worst per­for­mance by the All Blacks this sea­son, which was in­duced by a com­bat­ive Aus­tralian team.

Af­ter scor­ing three early tries, New Zealand was bus­tled into er­rors by the Wal­la­bies who were es­pe­cially ag­gres­sive and com­pet­i­tive at the tackle and at break­downs, win­ning more than 60 per­cent of pos­ses­sion and spend­ing more than seven min­utes in­side the All Blacks’ 22. “They put us un­der pres­sure in cer­tain ar­eas and played really well in do­ing that,” Read said. “I think once we held onto the ball we were much bet­ter and it was pretty awe­some there at the end.” The dif­fer­ence be­tween the teams was fin­ish­ing abil­ity, as it has been re­peat­edly be­tween New Zealand all of the teams it has faced since its win­ning streak be­gan at Eden Park in Au­gust 2015.

WEAK­NESSES

New Zealand had a hand­ful of scor­ing chances yes­ter­day and con­verted nearly all of them. Aus­tralia had few and con­verted only one, though they also had a try con­tentiously dis­al­lowed dur­ing the sec­ond half which would have drawn it level with New Zealand at 15-15.

That in­ci­dent and an­other al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter­ward high­lighted one of the weak­nesses of this Wal­la­bies team un­der its cur­rent coach Michael Cheika. In the 45th minute Henry Speight was dash­ing away to score the try which would have tied the scores when his winger Dane Haylett-Petty shoul­der checked All Blacks winger Ju­lian Savea who was in fruit­less pur­suit. Savea wouldn’t have pre­vented the try be­ing scored but Haylett-Petty’s ac­tion, spot­ted by the video ref­eree, led to Speight’s try be­ing dis­al­lowed. Two min­utes later, All Blacks hooker Dane Coles was in pur­suit of a ball kicked be­hind the Wal­la­bies line when he was im­peded by Aus­tralia fly­half Bernard Fo­ley. Ref­eree Nigel Owens con­sid­ered video footage and de­cided no of­fense had been com­mit­ted but Fo­ley’s chal­lenge on Coles was clumsy and eas­ily could have yielded a penalty try.

That fo­cus on need­less off-the-ball play, a fea­ture of the Wal­la­bies’ style un­der Cheika, let them down Satur­day when they were more than com­pet­i­tive for 50 min­utes.

New Zealand once again over-ran its op­po­nents in the last 30 min­utes, as it has through­out the sea­son, when Savea scored two tries and contributed to an­other for Coles.

Aus­tralia had trailed 15-10 af­ter 50 min­utes and must have thought it had a chance on a ground where it hadn’t won in the last 30 years. When the Wal­la­bies next were able to draw breath and look up at the score­board, the All Blacks had an unas­sail­able lead.

Savea scored his first try in the 53rd minute, af­ter a quiet first half, when All Blacks full­back Ben Smith pounced on a Wal­la­bies turnover and put in a kick ahead which the winger re­trieved.

ER­ROR

He scored again in the 68th minute when he was given space down the left flank and bumped off the in­ef­fec­tual tack­les of Speight and Nick Frisby. Savea then pow­ered down the touch­line in the 72nd minute and, when held, handed off to Coles who dot­ted down in the cor­ner. The All Blacks had seemed on course for a sub­stan­tial win when they scored two tries early in the first half. Winger Is­rael Dagg scored af­ter only six min­utes af­ter a break by cen­ter An­ton Lienert-Brown and some mar­velous in­ter­play in­volv­ing Ben Smith, who han­dled twice, Read and Dagg.

Lienert-Brown scored four min­utes later from a de­fen­sive er­ror at a scrum and, at 10-0 in as many min­utes, it seemed the All Blacks would over­whelm their op­po­nents. But the Wal­la­bies hit back with a try to rookie lock Rory Arnold and the All Blacks needed a charge-down try to scrumhalf T.J. Per­e­nara in the 33rd minute to take a 15-7 lead to half­time.

Fly­half Beau­den Bar­rett missed the con­ver­sions of each of those tries and was re­placed in the 44th by Aaron Cru­den, who kicked three of his four shots at goal. The Wal­la­bies were al­most dom­i­nant in the mid­dle stages of the match but were un­able to turn a heavy ad­van­tage of pos­ses­sion into points. They have now lost seven of 10 tests this sea­son.— AP

AUCK­LAND: New Zealand All Blacks’ Ben Smith, cen­ter, runs through the Aus­tralian de­fense dur­ing their Bledis­loe rugby union test match in Auck­land, New Zealand, yes­ter­day. — AP

AUCK­LAND: New Zealand All Blacks’ cap­tain Kieran Read poses with the Bledis­loe Cup af­ter de­feat­ing Aus­tralia in their rugby union test match in Auck­land, New Zealand, yes­ter­day. — AP

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