New Zealand threw an imposing gauntlet down for next year’s World Cup as they outclassed a sorry Australia to seal a 3-0 whitewash in the Bledisloe Cup Test match series.
Australia went into the final match hoping to gain some sort of momentum and appeared close to doing so when a late Sefa Naivalu try took them into the half-time break with a slim deficit at 17-10.
Having then got to 17-13 thanks to a converted penalty from Bernard Foley, New Zealand churned through the gears to run away with the match.
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Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks celebrates scoring the team’s third try to put them on their way to beating Australia
The fly-half completed an impressive 35-yard breakaway run to put New Zealand two scores ahead late in the second half
New Zealand’s fly half Barrett also displayed some superb kicking to keep Australia at bay during Saturday’s Test match
The All Blacks perform the haka ahead of the Bledisloe Cup Test match against the Australian Wallabies at Nissan Stadium
NEW ZEALAND: McKenzie, B. Smith, Crotty, Williams, Ioane, B. Barrett, Perenara, Moody, Taylor, Franks, Whitelock, S. Barrett, Squire, Savea, Read.
Replacements: Harris, Tuinukuafe, Laulala, Retallick, Todd, A. Smith, Mo’unga, Liernert-Brown.
Tries: Squire, Read, B. Barrett, B. Smith, Ioane.
Conversions: B. Barrett (3).
Penalties: B. Barrett (2).
AUSTRALIA: Haylett-Petty, Naivalu, Folau, Beale, Koroibete, Foley, Genia, Sio, Fainga’a, Alaalatoa, Rodda, Simmons, Hanigan, Hooper, Pocock.
Replacements: Latu, Kepu, Tupou, Arnold, Dempsey, Phipps, Kerevi, Banks.
Tries: Naivalu, Folau.
Conversions: Foley (2).
Yellow cards: Latu 67.
The Australia team line up and watch the intimidating war dance with respect as they prepare for Saturday’s Test match
All Blacks captain Kieran Read leads his team through the routine as they attempt to intimidate their great sporting rivals
New Zealand’s Liam Squire crosses for his team’s first try against Australia during their Bledisloe Cup match in Japan
New Zealand captain Read leads by example as he touches down for his team’s second try to give them a commanding lead
Sefa Naivalu of Australia touches down to get them back into the match as New Zealand’s Barrett fails in his attempts to stop it
Australia’s wing Naivalu celebrates with his team-mate Marika Koroibete after scoring a try to get them back into the match
Barrett of the All Blacks makes a break with the ball to score their third try and put paid to Australia’s chances of a comeback
Tolu Latu (right) of the Wallabies leaves the field after receiving a yellow card during the Bledisloe Cup Test match
Ben Smith of the All Blacks scores their fourth try to all but end the match at Nissan Stadium in Japan on Saturday morning
Israel Folau made the scoreline somewhat respectable with a late consolation try but it was not the end of the Test’s scoring
A general view prior to the Bledisloe Cup Test match between New Zealand and Australia at Nissan Stadium, Kanagawa, Japan