New Zealand secures Bledisloe Cup clean sweep against Australia
THE Wallabies showed plenty of resilience but were unable to prevent the All Blacks from securing a Bledisloe Cup clean sweep.
New Zealand secured a 37-20 win at Yokohama to complete the Aussiesâ trans-Tasman nightmare.
Wallabies âhave no respectâ
Close but no cigar.Source:Getty Images
The Wallabies threw everything they had at the All Blacks but it still wasnât enough to pull off the upset they were desperately searching for.
The Kiwis wrapped up a 3-0 Bledisloe Cup clean sweep in Yokohama, Japan on Saturday evening with a 37-20 win that condemned the Aussies to their eighth loss in their past 10 Tests.
Australian fans had reason to be optimistic as the men in gold came out of the sheds with a point to prove in the second half as New Zealand held a 17-10 lead. Riding high after a Sefa Naivalu try just before the break that cancelled out a 35th minute All Blacks five-pointer, Michael Cheikaâs troops dominated the early exchanges of the second stanza.
Second-rower Rob Simmons looked certain to crash over from close range after a barnstorming run shortly after the resumption and it took some desperate tryline defence to turn him onto his back and prevent him getting the ball down.
Bernard Foley slotted a penalty for an infringement in the lead-up to Simmonsâ near-miss to cut the deficit to four and the Wallabies had a mountain of possession and territory.
Foley was in the thick of it again without the ball as he cut down a rare attacking raid from the Kiwis after Beauden Barrett found space behind the line with two clever grubbers. The Aussie five-eighth dived on the loose ball close to the line after a gut-busting run from behind to prevent Barrett from regathering but the Kiwi flyhalf was smiling soon after as he kicked a penalty to make it 20-13.
Despite the Wallabiesâ dominance they couldnât convert it into scoreboard pressure and the All Blacks put a dagger through their opponentâs heart with a try against the run of play. The all-too-familiar problem of as lineout throw not going straight resulted in a New Zealand scrum and a slick set play sent them over the line.
The All Blacks repelled everything the Wallabies threw at them.Source:Getty Images
Captain Kieran Read broke to the right from the back of the scrum but sent the ball in the other direction to find Rieko Ioane. The winger found open space then passed to Barrett who completed the move and extended the lead to 14.
Australiaâs discipline let it down. An angry referee took exception to h ow the teamâs substitutes adhered to the rules, particularly when it came to standing on the mark at lineout time.
âAll the new players have no respect for the mark,â he told Wallabies captain Michael Hooper.
It was handbags at 10 paces when replacement hooker Tolu Latu was sin binned with 10 minutes left for putting his palm in Codie Taylorâs face and it got worse as Israel Folau gifted the All Blacks another try. Folau broke through several tackles as he surged into opposition territory and knowing the Wallabies were desperate for points he threw a speculative one-handed offload. But the loose pass found Kiwi winger Ben Smith, who ran downfield to score.
Folau made up for the error by stepping back inside off his right foot 20m out from the line to cross for a five-pointer with five minutes to go but hopes of a miracle comeback were dashed when a sublime movement â" which included a through-the-legs pass â" put Ioane over to confirm the 37-20 win.
New Zealand had too much class.Source:Getty Images
Dane Haylett-Petty had a try disallowed in the opening minutes when the TMO ruled the Aussie winger didnât get the ball down in the corner and that sparked New Zealand into action. Flanker Liam Squire was the beneficiary of a classy move from a scrum inside the 22 that saw him slice through the defence and open the scoring with a five-pointer.
The two sides traded penalty goals before Read muscled his way over the line after taking the pill from the back of the scrum.
Naivaluâs strike just before halftime gave the Wallabies hope but that didnât last.
Kiwis complete clean sweep
The referee to ld Michael Hooper his troops werenât behaving.Source:AFP
80th min â" FULLTIME: NZ 37 AUS 20
78th min â" TRY: New Zealand had the perfect response to Folauâs late points, posting another try to snuff out any hopes of an Aussie upset. The All Blacks shifted the ball wide â" using a through-the-legs pass to help out at one point â" and Rieko Ioane finished off the classy move. NZ 37 AUS 20
75th min â" TRY: Israel Folau made up for his eariler blunder by crossing for a five-pointer of his own, cutting inside from the right inside the Kiwisâ 22m zone. NZ 32 AUS 20
70 mins â" TRY: Tolu Latu was sent to the sin bin for reacting to a bit of argy bargy and putting his palm in Codie Taylorâs face but the All Blacks didnât need their one-man advantage as Israel Folau gifted them a match-sealing try. Folau broke through several tackles on his way to halfway and knowing the Wallabies were desperate for points he threw a speculative one-handed offl oad as he was brought to ground. But the loose pass found Kiwi winger Ben Smith who ran downfield to score. NZ 32 AUS 13
63rd min â" Fresh legs didnât help the Wallabies as their substitutes got on the wrong side of the referee. The whistleblower accused the new additions of failing to ârespectâ the mark at lineout time as he blew a penalty for another set piece infringement and voiced his frustration with the reserves. âAll the new players have no respect for the mark,â he told Wallabies captain Michael Hooper.
59th min â" TRY: The Wallabies had the better of the second half but New Zealand put a dagger through Australian hearts. The Kiwis won a scrum after the men in gold were pinged for a lineout throw that didnât go straight â" a problem theyâve had throughout the Rugby Championship â" and the ensuing set play worked perfectly. Kieran Read went right before switching back to the left as Rieko Ioane found space, and the winger passed to an unmarked B eauden Barrett, who raced past to score his sideâs third try. NZ 27 AUS 13
53rd min â" PENALTY: Beauden Barrett slotted a penalty goal to give his team a seven-point buffer. NZ 20 AUS 13
50th min â" Beauden Barrett got in behind the defensive line with two clever grubbers but Bernard Foley put in a lung-busting effort to fall on the ball before the All Blacks flyhalf could regather close to the tryline. It was a rare piece of attacking play from New Zealand as the Wallabies dominated the first 10 minutes of the second half.
46th min â" Rob Simmons looked certain to crash over for another Australian five-pointer but some desperate tryline defence saw him turned onto his back and he was unable to get the ball down. The Wallabies were awarded a penalty for an earlier infringement and Bernard Foley cut the deficit to four. NZ 17 AUS 13
First half â" Aussies give Kiwis a taste of their own medicine
Australia was holding on despite the Kiwis having all the ball in the opening half.Source:AFP
39th min â" TRY: Sefa Naivalu hit back almost immediately to close the gap, crossing in the corner on the stroke of halftime after a spread to the left wing. Normally itâs the Kiwis doing the damage before the break but this time the Wallabies had the last say for a change. NZL 17 AUS 10
36th min â" TRY: As theyâve done so often against the Aussies, New Zealand made the most of the five-minute period before halftime. Kieran Read broke from the back of a scrum close to the line and crossed the stripe. Wallabies captain Michael Hooper spoke pre-game of the need to eliminate lapses just before and after halftime but his sideâs biggest weakness was brutally exposed once again. NZ 17 AUS 3
25th min â" PENALTY: New Zealan d hit back with a three-pointer of its own to regain its seven-point lead. NZ 10 AUS 3
21st min â" PENALTY: In the face of a Kiwi onslaught the Aussies got on the board courtesy of a Kurtley Beale penalty goal. NZ 7 AUS 3
11th min â" TRY: After the Aussiesâ electric start it was all New Zealand and the Kiwis turned their weight of possession into scoreboard dominance when breakaway Liam Squire was the beneficiary of a classy move from a scrum inside the 22 that saw him slice through the defence and open the scoring with a five-pointer. NZ 7 AUS 0
6th min â" Aussie halfback Will Genia made a try-saving tackle on Rieko Ioane as the All Blacks started to find their groove.
1st min â" It went from ecstasy to agony for the Wallabies as Israel Folau made the perfect start to his stint in the No. 13 jersey, making a break down the left touchline and finding open space to propel Australia deep into opposition territory. But the Aussies were denied the opening t ry when the TMO ruled Dane Haylett-Petty didnât get the ball down in the corner in the face of some brilliant cover defence.Source: Google News New Zealand | Netizen 24 New Zealand