Rugby Championship - Auckland, 23 August 2014, 19:35 local, 07:35 GMT
New Zealand (23) 51 - 20 (6) Australia (FT)

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Welcome to live coverage of the second Bledisloe Cup Test of 2014, in Auckland, where the Wallabies have not won since 1986. Australia also have not defeated New Zealand in New Zealand since 2001. That's some home-field advantage, and Australia need to win today if they are to have a change of regaining the Bledisloe Cup.

Kapa o Pango! Oh, how we love this.

And we're underway, Australia kicking off through Matt Toomua.

Immediate penalty to Australia, with the All Blacks obstructed the contestable kick. Straight in front just outside the 22.

1 0 - 3

Kurtley Beale on target to a chorus of boos. Perfect start for Australia. Sam Whitelock regains the short NZ kick-off, and the All Blacks move the ball wide without threatening before Australia effect a breakdown turnover. Wycliff Palu coughs ball immediately and NZ hot on attack deep inside Australia 22.

3

Penalty NZ, but Aaron Smith taps and goes. Wallabies not 10 so under advantage. Richie McCaw then taps and goes, but not from the mark. Two very kickable penalties ignored before finally going for goal. Interesting tactic from the All Blacks. Michael Hooper criticised for that last week.

5 3 - 3

Aaron Cruden slots the kick.

6

Great movement from the All Blacks on counter-attack, with a half-break from Ben Smith feeding Conrad Smith. Australia penalised for offside, and Aaron Cruden going for goal from straight in front just outside 22.

7 6 - 3

Cruden - penalty goal

8

NZ recover the contestable kick-off well and clear lines with box kick, which Toomua catches and runs back into traffic. NZ penalised offside on halfway, and Toomua going for territory.

10

Australia win lineout at the back inside 22 and rumble forward, but All Blacks stop the maul. Australia attack on right through phases before Palu driven backwards attempting pick and drive.

11

Half-break from Kurtley Beale stepping with Israel Folau on his coat tails, but All Blacks defend strongly after Adam Ashley-Cooper held up in a maul.

12

Australia still in red zone, winning penalty at a lineout. Richie McCaw given yellow card for infringing at the breakdown, playing ball on ground. Is he just that fraction too slow now to be as effective in the breakdown? Can have no complaint with that decision.

13 6 - 6

Sweet kick from Beale over the black dot.

14

Australia collect kick-off and kick deep inside NZ territory. No thoughts of quick throw from Kieran Read. NZ still attack from lineout though, with slick hands getting the ball to Julian Savea, who kicks and chases but Nic White sweeps and Australia clear threat. Great final ball from Ben Smith, who's looking sharp.

16

Aaron Smith snipes to make a half-break from a breakdown, and combines with Aaron Cruden. Wallabies penalised for offisde to a chorus of boos and calls for Nic White to be given a yellow card. Smith such a good player when he runs. White probably lucky not to be carded.

17 9 - 6

Cruden - penalty goal

19

Wallabies concede another soft penalty to gift territory from the kick-off, and All Blacks managing the clock well in McCaw's absence.

21

Great work from Ben Smith to collect attacking high ball while Wallabies watch. All Blacks break through Brodie Retallick and Ryan Crotty but kick the ball forward to lose possession in ruck.

22

All Blacks mauling forward from a lineout and they've won another penalty for dangerous play at the lineout, Rob Simmons in the bin for lifting an All Blacks leg in the maul. Fair decision, and Aaron Cruden going for goal with Richie McCaw about to come back.

23

Cruden pushes the kick past the right post, with McCaw back on the ground. Wallabies must step up now they are a man down. All Blacks have now played 30 minutes with 14 men in this series, and they're yet to concede a try.

24

Liam Messam spills the pill on the right wing after straight running and wide passing, and we have the first scrum of the day.

25

Six-man Wallabies scrum disintegrates and All Blacks hard on attack, with Conrad Smith making a break.

26

Aaron Smith snipes again, and ABs looking dangerous. Brodie Retallick charges hard for the line only to be held up against the post. We'll have a 5m scrum. You'd think All Blacks odds-on to score the first try in two games here.

27 14 - 6

Wallabies concede a penalty try. Strong scrummage from the All Blacks, with the Wallabies on rollers. And that's how you play with a one-man advantage. Wallabies have conceded eight penalties and missed nine tackles to this point. Can't win with those numbers.

28 16 - 6

Cruden - conversion

29

Huge bust from Israel Folau, linking with Nic White to defuse a chip kick in his own 22 before entering the NZ 22. Australia spill the ball going wide at a ruck and Aaron Cruden and Julian Savea work the opportunity with inter-passing on short side to put The Bus into space.

30 21 - 6

Savea - try

31 23 - 6

Cruden - conversion

32

Two consecutive poor kick offs from Toomua. too long and no pressure on the catcher. Gifting possession and the All Blacks are making them pay.

33

All Blacks concede scrum after failing to use maul ball, but Rob Simmons now back on the paddock.

34

Solid Australian scrum but woeful pass to ground from Toomua. Australia retain possession, but ball slow and sideways and Adam Ashley-Cooper knocks on as the ball goes back right. Hard to see how Australia can win tonight.

36

All Blacks put the ball wide first phase from a scrum. Simple game plan with brilliant execution. Ball goes back left and Julian Save collects a chip pass and feeds Dane Coles before Liam Messam knocks on again. Dane Coles looking good in first half.

38

More catch and pass from the All Blacks, who are delivering a masterclass before Messam spills a third pass. Quick ball movement and straight running stretching Wallabies, who are struggling.

39

Australia lead NZ 12-3 on missed tackles. Shows the power of the home attack.

40

Wallabies attack from deep in their own territory with a double-loop set move, and they get inside NZ Territory before NZ awarded penalty.

40+1

NZ tap and go rather than kick pill out, and that shows their frame of mind as we go to the sheds.

40

Back under way through Aaron Cruden. Australia take ball well but then take ball into a maul and fail to use. NZ scrum deep in Australia territory. Not the re-start Australia wanted or needed.

41

Australia effect a breakdown turnover as NZ lose ball in contact, but their moving the ball only laterally and slowly.

42

Ewen McKenzie laments lack of patience in attack, and suggests team hasn't handled All Blacks' wider game plan.

43

Wallabies on attack, with Sekope Kepu busting a half hole. Ball moves left, but Sam Carter hammered with ball-and-all tackle and phase dies. Australia recycle but then concede another penalty in the next phase, and NZ clear lines. All Blacks defence simply too good against a static attack, and Wallabies may look to include bernard Foley. Present attack not working.

46

All Blacks attack with second-man chip kick over the defensive line, showing confidence and variety. Beauden Barrett gets to the ball first, but Kurtley Beale defending at fullback just smothers the hack.

47

Australia awarded scrum penalty for NZ collapsing in front-row. Toomua fails to find touch, and NZ attack from own in-goal with devastating speed and execution. Make Australian territory but Malakai Fekitao holds on in ruck.

49

Australia win the ensuing lineout and effect a driving maul, but they lose the ball a phase later and All Blacks counter in devastating fashion. They get the ball wide to Julian Savea who skins his man before kicking back inside. Malakai Fekitoa is held up over the line but Kieran Read crashes over in the next phase.

50 25 - 6

Cruden - conversion

51

NZ take a quick lineout to keep the game moving, and kick deep into Australian territory, where Kurtley Beale attempts to attack from his own line onl for Pat Mccabe to miss touch with his clearing kick. NZ Back on attack with a 5m lineout.

53 30 - 6

Sam Whitelock takes the ball at the back, and the All Blacks roll forward with Richie McCaw crashing over. The All Blacks are delivering a lesson in every aspect of the game. Too good. And Richie McCaw has answered emphatically the question we posed earlier when he was sin-binned.

55 32 - 6

Cruden - conversion

57

Dane Coles hacks the ball deep into the Australian 22, after Wallabies knock-on, and the Wallabies only somehow manage to defuse the threat in comical scrambling fashion.

59 39 - 6

Another penalty to NZ, another 5m lineout, another driving maul, another try to Richie McCaw - after TMO adjudication. Get the feeling NZ are making a major statement here, and that they want to make an even bigger dent on the scoreboard.

60 44 - 6

Australia collect the kick off, and Scott Higginbotham makes a bust in centrefield in NZ 22.

61 44 - 11

Australia recycle, and Israel Folau crashes through a half gap. Ewen McKenzie was criticised for his use of the bench last week; the replacements were key in that move with Scott Higginbotham and Nick Phipps linking well to create the opportunity.

62 44 - 13

Australia claim the kick-off and immediately create space with the ball going left a couple of phases later. Nick Phipps delivering quicksilver service.

63

NZ penalised for not releasing, and Kurtley Beale kicks deep to claim a 5m lineout.

64 44 - 18

Australia win the lineout and Michael Hooper runs past Richie McCaw and Aaron Smith from the back of the maul to score Australia's second try in as many minutes.

65 44 - 20

Australia regather kick-oof and bernard Foley clears to 10m line, but NZ win the lineout and rumble forward before working the ball wide again to Julian Savea on the left wing. Kiwis knock on with ball on 5m line to cruel that attack.

69

Scrum penalty to Australia, with Ben Franks pinged for releasing binding. Australia just back into NZ territory right now.

70

Australia win the ball and put the ball wide left where Israel Folau gets round his man on the left wing. Shows what Australia don't have with Rob Horne and Pat McCabe on the wings.

71

Australia lose the ball forward and NZ clear their lines to get back into enemy territory.

72

Wallabies win the lineout and look to move the ball right, doing so quickly before more slack ball at a ruck. Recover but Will Skelton then loses the pill forward in contact, and NZ have them back in their own 22.

74

NZ scrum midfield just outside Australia 22, and they go right before going back inside. Going through phases but Israel Folau intercepts and breaks for the NZ tryline. Beauden Barrett gets back to tackle him and Ben Smith puts him into touch. Sad lack of support for the big man there, and he really is the only attacking threat Australia have had tonight.

76

NZ kick deep into Australia territory, from where Rob Horne attacks and sets the Wallabies up into midfield. Then back into NZ territory after Ben Franks penalised and binned for cynical act at breakdown.

77

Australia on attack, but then Bernard Foley penalised for not releasing before Richie McCaw claims the ball.

78

NZ putting ball through phases and win a penalty with Australia conceding another ruck offence. We're back in a corner with a NZ lineout.

79

Sam Whitelock claims his fifth lineout and rumbles forward but the ball goes backwards.

80 49 - 20

Attack seems to be going nowhere but Stephen Luatua then burst through a yawning gap in moidfield and touches down under the posts. That's a shellacking in anyone's language, and New Zealand have reminded everyone tonight just how and why they are the world No.1 team.

80+1 51 - 20

AL Smith - conversion

Timeline

Time New Zealand  Score  Australia
0 start of first half start of first half
1 0 - 3 Beale - penalty goal
5 Cruden - penalty goal 3 - 3
7 Cruden - penalty goal 6 - 3
12 McCaw - yellow card
13 6 - 6 Beale - penalty goal
17 Cruden - penalty goal 9 - 6
22 Simmons - yellow card
27 penalty try 14 - 6
28 Cruden - conversion 16 - 6
30 Savea - try 21 - 6
31 Cruden - conversion 23 - 6 Hanson - sub on
Charles - sub off
40 end of first half
Fekitoa - sub on
Crotty - sub off
end of first half
40 start of second half start of second half
45 Jane - sub off
Barrett - sub on
50 Cruden - conversion 25 - 6
51 White - sub off
Phipps - sub on
53 McCaw - try 30 - 6
55 Cruden - conversion 32 - 6 Palu - sub off
Higginbotham - sub on
Toomua - sub off
Foley - sub on
59 McCaw - try
Cruden - conversion
39 - 6
60 Read - try
BJ Franks - sub on
Crockett - sub off
Faumuina - sub on
OT Franks - sub off
44 - 6 McCabe - sub off
Kuridrani - sub on
61 44 - 11 Folau - try
62 Luatua - sub on
Messam - sub off
44 - 13 Beale - conversion
64 44 - 18 Kepu - sub off
Alexander - sub on
Skelton - sub on
Fardy - sub off
Hooper - try
65 Mealamu - sub on
Coles - sub off
44 - 20 Beale - conversion
71 Retallick - sub off
Cane - sub on
75 Cruden - sub off
Perenara - sub on
76 BJ Franks - yellow card
80 Luatua - try 49 - 20
80+1 AL Smith - conversion
end of second half
end of half
51 - 20 end of second half
end of half
0
81 AL Smith - conversion 51 - 20

Notes

 
Result New Zealand won by a margin of 31 points
Rugby Championship points New Zealand 5 (1 try bonus), Australia 0
 
Ground name Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance 48211
 
Referee R Poite (France)
 
New Zealand Test debuts none
Australia Test debuts none

Teams

New Zealand Australia
Tries Penalty try (27), Savea (30), McCaw (53, 59), Read (60), Luatua (80) Tries Folau (61), Hooper (64)
Cons Cruden (28, 31, 50, 55, 59), AL Smith (80) Cons Beale (62, 65)
Pens Cruden (5, 7, 17) Pens Beale (1, 13)

Match stats

New Zealand   Australia
6 (1 penalty try) Tries 2
6 from 6 Conversion goals 2 from 2
3 from 4 Penalty goals 2 from 2
90.0% Kick at goal success 100.0%
0 Dropped goals 0
Kick/pass/run
23 Kicks from hand 8
193 Passes 136
126 Runs 98
572 Metres run with ball 397
Attacking
51% (58%/46%) Possession (1H/2H) 49% (42%/54%)
56% (63%/50%) Territory (1H/2H) 44% (37%/50%)
14 Clean breaks 4
22 Defenders beaten 10
19 Offloads 12
72 from 79 (91.1%) Rucks won 74 from 81 (91.4%)
9 from 10 (90.0%) Mauls won 3 from 4 (75.0%)
12 Turnovers conceded 18
Defensive
109/10 Tackles made/missed 108/22
92.0% Tackling success rate 83.0%
Set pieces
4 won, 1 lost (80.0%) Scrums on own feed 3 won, 1 lost (75.0%)
14 won, 0 lost (100.0%) Lineouts on own throw 10 won, 1 lost (90.9%)
Discipline
10 Penalties conceded 12
2/0 Yellow/red cards 1/0

NZ stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB BR Smith 0/0 0 1/16/10 61 3 5 3 2 6/0 0/0 0 0/0
W Jane 0/0 0 1/3/7 35 1 1 0 0 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
C CG Smith 0/0 0 1/8/10 40 0 3 1 1 6/0 0/0 1 0/0
C Crotty 0/0 0 0/8/6 42 1 4 2 1 5/0 0/0 0 0/0
W Savea 1/0 5 2/6/9 104 3 0 3 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
FH Cruden 0/1 19 5/27/7 58 1 1 1 1 5/0 0/0 0 0/0
SH AL Smith 0/0 2 8/71/5 25 2 1 1 0 1/1 0/0 0 0/0
P Crockett 0/0 0 0/2/4 1 0 0 0 0 3/1 0/0 0 0/0
H Coles 0/0 0 1/4/8 25 0 2 2 1 6/0 0/0 1 0/0
P OT Franks 0/0 0 0/3/4 12 1 0 0 0 4/0 0/0 2 0/0
L Retallick 0/0 0 0/7/10 26 1 1 2 1 7/0 2/0 0 0/0
L Whitelock 0/1 0 0/4/7 9 0 0 0 0 12/1 6/0 0 0/0
F Messam 0/0 0 0/8/5 12 0 1 0 3 7/2 1/0 0 0/0
F McCaw 2/0 10 0/3/7 11 0 0 0 1 9/2 0/1 2 1/0
N8 Read 1/0 5 0/9/9 19 0 0 2 0 7/1 4/0 0 0/0
(H) Mealamu 0/0 0 0/2/1 3 0 0 0 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
(P) BJ Franks 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 6/0 0/0 2 1/0
(P) Faumuina 0/1 0 0/1/1 0 0 0 0 1 3/0 0/0 0 0/0
(F) Luatua 1/0 5 0/0/2 13 1 1 0 0 1/1 0/0 1 0/0
(L) Cane 0/0 0 0/0/1 2 0 0 0 0 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
(FH) Perenara 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(W) Barrett 0/0 0 4/8/5 29 0 1 1 0 4/1 0/0 0 0/0
(C) Fekitoa 0/0 0 0/3/8 45 0 1 1 0 5/0 0/0 1 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

Aust stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Folau 1/0 5 0/3/10 159 2 4 2 2 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
W McCabe 0/0 0 1/2/4 16 0 0 1 0 6/0 0/0 0 0/0
C Ashley-Cooper 0/0 0 0/3/3 16 0 0 0 2 3/1 0/0 0 0/0
C Toomua 0/0 0 1/9/6 17 0 0 0 2 5/2 0/0 2 0/0
W Horne 0/0 0 0/1/3 32 2 2 0 0 6/2 0/0 0 0/0
FH Beale 0/1 10 2/20/8 21 0 1 3 3 6/4 0/0 0 0/0
SH White 0/0 0 2/35/2 0 0 0 0 0 6/1 0/0 1 0/0
P Slipper 0/0 0 0/1/10 9 0 0 0 1 6/1 0/0 1 0/0
H Charles 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 5/0 0/0 0 0/0
P Kepu 0/0 0 0/0/2 7 0 0 0 0 7/2 0/0 0 0/0
L Carter 0/0 0 0/2/6 8 0 0 0 1 2/1 3/0 2 0/0
L Simmons 0/0 0 0/3/1 1 0 0 0 0 8/1 5/0 2 1/0
F Fardy 0/0 0 0/1/5 9 0 0 0 0 4/1 0/0 2 0/0
F Hooper 1/0 5 0/8/7 28 0 1 0 2 9/4 0/0 0 0/0
N8 Palu 0/0 0 0/1/5 4 0 0 0 1 11/1 0/0 0 0/0
(H) Hanson 0/0 0 0/0/4 0 0 0 0 1 9/0 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Alexander 0/0 0 0/1/3 1 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(F) Skelton 0/0 0 0/1/2 2 0 0 0 2 2/0 1/0 1 0/0
(N8) Higginbotham 0/0 0 0/4/4 18 0 0 2 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
(SH) Phipps 0/0 0 0/28/5 14 0 2 2 1 1/0 1/0 0 0/0
(C) Foley 0/0 0 2/12/5 28 0 0 1 0 3/1 0/0 1 0/0
(C) Kuridrani 0/0 0 0/1/3 7 0 0 0 0 3/0 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

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