All Blacks power to bonus-point victory over Wallabies

Sat, Sep 24, 2022, 8:55 AM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
The All Blacks hosted the Wallabies at Eden Park

The All Blacks have dominated an ill-discipline Wallabies, cruising to a 40-14 victory at Eden Park.

After a tense first quarter, the hosts charged to a 17-0 lead via Will Jordan and a penalty try.

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The visitors saw themselves twice reduced to 14 in the first half, allowing the All Blacks to build pressure via their rolling maul.

Tries to hookers Codie Taylor and Samisoni Taukei’aho put the result well and truly out of the question as the hoodoo at Eden Park extends to 23 games.

“We were playing with 13 men off two yellow cards in the first half, really put us on the back foot and that’s a very disappointing outcome for us," captain James Slipper said after the match.

“We wanted to come here and perform. We were gutted by the result last week and we had a lot of confidence but the ABs were too good clearly.

“There was far too much dropped ball and too many penalties put us under pressure.”

The Wallabies once again instantly found themselves on the back foot when Jed Holloway was yellow carded for a dangerous cleanout after just two minutes.

The visitors showed some great fight to repel several attacks from the home side down a man, restricting them to a Richie Mo’unga penalty in the first quarter.

With Lalakai Foketi leaving the field with an apparent shoulder injury, Will Jordan sliced through the gap left by the centre to score the first try of the game after 22 minutes.

The All Blacks extended their lead five minutes later when a rolling maul 5 metres out proved unstoppable, leading to a penalty try and a yellow card to Dave Porecki.

Marika Koroibete looked to have given the Wallabies their first points of the game, however, the TMO ruled he had put a foot in touch.

A promising break late gave the hosts one last chance before the inspirational Pete Samu came up with yet another turnover to keep the margin at 17-0 heading into the break.

The All Blacks continued to build pressure after the break and it was captain Sam Whitelock that found his way over the line, holding on despite a great tackle from Angus Bell.

As the Wallabies struggled with their discipline and handling, the hosts' rolling maul put the result out of doubt.

Following the penalty try in the first half, they crossed on two further occasions via the maul through Codie Taylor and Samisoni Taukei’aho.

The Wallabies found some late momentum when a great offload from Pete Samu found replacement hooker Folau Fainga’a for their first points of the game in the 59th minute.

A late try to Jordan Petaia provided some consolation but the All Blacks proved too strong as they all but secure the Rugby Championship.

“Massive disappointment. We gave away too many penalties, lost the collisions and gave the All Blacks field possession and they put us in the corner and hurt us. We were shaded in all areas tonight,” Rennie said after the match.

“We know when we’re at our best we can compete with anyone but we have to be at or around 100% otherwise we’ll get hurt against quality sides like New Zealand. That’s the growth we need in this group.”


TRIES: Jordan, Penalty Try, Whitelock, Taylor, Taukei’aho

CONS: Mo'unga 2/4

PENS: Mo'unga 3/3


TRIES: Fainga'a, Petaia

CONS: Foley 1/1, Hodge 1/1


New Zealand: 15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Jordie Barrett, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Dalton Papali’i, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Ethan de Groot.

Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Hoskins Sotutu, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 23 Sevu Reece.

Australia: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Tom Wright, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Lalakai Foketi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Pete Samu, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Jed Holloway, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 David Porecki, 1 James Slipper (captain).

Replacements: 16 Folau Fainga’a, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Pone Fa’amausili, 19 Nick Frost, 20 Fraser McReight, 21 Nic White, 22 Reece Hodge, 23 Jordan Petaia.

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)

Assistant referees: Matthieu Raynal (France), Pierre Brousset (France)

TMO:Ben Whitehouse (Wales)

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