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All Blacks crush Wallabies at Eden Park

By Jim Morton 06/08/2011 09:37:59 PM Comments (0)

The Wallabies' hoodoo ground turned into a full-blown graveyard as their 2011 Bledisloe Cup hopes died a gruesome 30-14 death at Eden Park on Saturday night.

But frustrated coach Robbie Deans promised Australia would learn from the harsh lesson meted out by the ruthless and clinical All Blacks in time for the World Cup.

New Zealand defended their Auckland fortress brilliantly to deliver Australia's 12th straight defeat at the ground in 25 years and emphatically show why they deserve World Cup favouritism.

In what was billed as a World Cup dress rehearsal at the October 23 final venue, the All Blacks' most experienced team in history put the brash Wallabies youngsters in their places.

They produced an almost perfect 40 minutes to lead 17-0 at halftime and finished with three tries to two to hold the Bledisloe Cup for the ninth straight year.

Deans was disappointed his side shot themselves in the foot "by leaving plenty of points on the ground", including three missed penalty goals by James O'Connor in the first 41 minutes.

"We certainly learned a lot from tonight and we'll be better for that, and it won't be getting any easier, come World Cup time," said Deans.

"NZ will be very pleased with that hit-out from their perspective.

"They were clinical and well done to them. Take nothing away from them - they scrambled very well.

"We lacked a bit of patience in the way and where we attacked."

As well as O'Connor in his goalkicking, Eden Park first-timer Quade Cooper struggled under the pressure at times and was guilty of sending the attack too wide too early.

Playmaking rival Dan Carter delivered a five-star performance to underline his standing as the world's best playmaker, starring in attack, defence and slotting five from five with the boot plus a field goal.

"I don't think he (Cooper) will be particularly pleased with his game," said New Zealand coach Graham Henry.

"I was particularly pleased with how Dan Carter played. I thought he had an outstanding game."

Australia had their chances, and more possession in the attacking half, but as hard as they probed just couldn't convert.

The All Blacks' defence under pressure was superb, a cornerstone for the victory, holding out the Wallabies for 14 consecutive phases in their 22 early on to set the tone.

In contrast, the Wallabies couldn't hold out the ruthless Kiwis when they had a sniff near the line as centre Ma'a Nonu and hooker Keven Mealamu both burrowed over shortly after Piri Weepu blind-side raids.

Ironically, Australia's pre-match problem area, the scrum, held firm but they paid dearly for the All Blacks' superiority at the restarts.

When Digby Ioane, Australia's best by far, revived some hope with a brilliant counter-attacking try in the 51st minute, it was an immediate try from the kick-off which snuffed out a comeback.

No.8 Kieran Read forced a fumble from Adam Ashley-Cooper and Conrad Smith swooped to put Sitiveni Sivivatu, who ended the match with a fractured eye socket, over for a 27-7 lead.

Deans has added No.8 Radike Samo, prop Salesi Ma'afu and lock Nathan Sharpe to his 26-man squad to travel to South Africa but is yet to decide on another backline addition.

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