New Zealand struck hard from the start by crushing Australia (43-5 and 26-0 at the break) at the opening of the Rugby Championship, thus winning the Bledisloe Cup, the traditional trophy between the two teams, on Saturday at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
This is the All Blacks' biggest success against the Wallabies, now ahead of the 43-6 signed in New Zealand in 1996. In pouring rain, the All Blacks scored six tries and their opening half Richie Mo'unga , author of 23 points (2 tries, 5 conversions, 1 penalty) was particularly brilliant.
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Sam Cane's teammates immediately exerted terrible pressure on the XV of Australia, which was quickly reflected on the scoreboard: from the 6th minute, the pillar Karl Tu'inukuafe concluded a penetrating maul of the Blacks switched on after key.
In the minutes that followed, New Zealand was denied two tries after watching the video, Dan Cole then the new phenomenon Caleb Clarke in the 11th and 14th unable to control the ball in the in-goal.
It would have discouraged more than one team.
Not that of the All Blacks, who added three more tries in those first 40 minutes, including two by Mo'unga, to reach the break on the final score of 26-0.
Tests built, like the second from Mo'unga, who sailed in the defense of the Wallabies before flattening on a superb cross pass from Aaron Smith behind a regroup.
During this spectacular and spirited first act, New Zealand, disciplined, conquering, enterprising, made a near-perfect copy: a single penalty whistled against her in the 33rd minute, and a single hand fault. convicted Tu'inukuafe, the author of the first try, in the 15th minute.
In a much more choppy second period, the Australians recovered, pushing the New Zealanders several times to fault in the regroupings.
They then took advantage of a certain relaxation of their rivals to register their only try of the match by opener Noah Lolesio.
But Michael Hooper's teammates didn't exist for long.
After about twenty minutes of floating, the All Blacks set out again to assault the Australian lines, which they have pierced twice more in the last ten minutes.
Winger Rieko Ioane, a luxury substitute, scored his 25th try in 31 caps in the 72nd minute, then Jordie Barrett completed the All Blacks' triumph after a fantastic ride, launched with a low pass. . Mo'unga, the man of the match.
Vakatawa, master of the delicate art of assists