Second-half blitz powers All Blacks to victory over Wallabies

Sat, 07/08/2021, 08:46 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Noah Lolesio pin point grubber for Tom Banks

The All Blacks have claimed a 33-25 win over the Wallabies after a second-half blitz at Eden Park

In blustery conditions, the boot of Richie Mo'unga put the hosts out in front 9-0 after 20 minutes.

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However, the Wallabies remained composed and found a way back into it, with Andrew Kellaway scoring to reduce the margin to one

A late penalty gifted the All Blacks with prime field position, with the decision paying off as Sevu Reece burrowed over to give them an eight-point lead at the half-time break.

This allowed the All Blacks to race away with the game, scoring three tries within ten minutes to claim the first Bledisloe.

The Wallabies were on the front foot early on as they took the game to the All Blacks.

However, the presence of the returning Sam Whitelock caused havoc at line-out time early on, causing a number of turnovers.

This allowed the hosts to control the proceedings and found first points through Richie Mo’unga after 17 minutes.

Wallabies flyhalf Noah Lolesio struggled off the tee in the windy conditions as the All Blacks took advantage of having the breeze via another two penalties to Mo’unga.

With the score line creeping away, Lolesio got the Wallabies on the board before some Hunter Paisami brilliance opened up the All Blacks.

Kellaway claims his first Wallabies try

After a much improved line-out, Paisami split the defence, finding Andrew Kellaway to stroll over as the margin was reduced to a point after 35 minutes.

A late penalty gifted the All Blacks with prime field position, with the decision paying off as Sevu Reece burrowed over to give them an eight-point lead at the half-time break.

Buoyed by their try on the siren, the Kiwis threw the ball around and found some space from their own line, with Reece crossing for what looked to be his second, however, it was pulled back for a forward pass.

As the Wallabies searched for a replay, Mo’unga would flip momentum, snatching onto a Hunter Paisami pass to extend the lead out to 15 points.

They would run riot over a tired Wallabies defence, with milestone man Aaron Smith throwing a picture perfect spiral to David Havili to score in the corner.

Damian McKenzie would cross six minute later as the All Blacks put the result out of question.

To'omua gifts Banks with a easy five pointer

The Wallabies continued to press and put pressure on the hosts line, eventually finding their way through Tom Banks as he crossed for a double in five minutes.

Replacement hooker Jordan Uelese followed him over but it was too little, too late as they went down in the opening Test of the series.

It leaves the All Blacks in the box seat, with the Wallabies needing to win next week at Eden Park to send it to Perth for the decider


TRIES: Mo'unga, Havili, Reece, McKenzie

CONS: Mo'unga 2

PENS: Mo'unga 3


TRIES: Kellaway, Banks 2, Uelese

CONS: Lolesio

PENS: Lolesio

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