New Zealand rushed Australia 51-20 at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday in an explosive Rugby Championship encounter. The six-try thrashing elevates the All Blacks to the top of the competition table. The home side were looking to bounce back after their 17 match winning streak ended in a 12-12 draw last week in Sydney.
However the hosts conceded an early penalty and Kurtley Beale was on target to put the Australians in front. The home side were awarded were a penalty in the fifth minute and Aaron Cruden added three points to level the game at 3-3. Shortly thereafter the Wallabies were penalised for offside and it was another three points for the Kiwis.
In the 13th minute Beale levelled the score. Nic White was lucky not to be given a yellow card afterwards but Cruden punished the visitors with another three points. The Wallabies then conceded a penalty try after a strong scrum from the New Zealanders and Cruden added the conversion.
In the 30th minute Julian Savea ended off a lovely back line move with a try and Cruden added two more points as the match went to half-time with Steve Hansen’s men 23-6 to the good. In the second half New Zealand continued where they left off as Kieran Read scored a try and Cruden slotted the additional points to make it 30-6. In the 53rd minute the All Blacks took a quick line out and they rolled forward with Richie McCaw crashing over the try line to give his side the bonus point and again, Cruden made no mistake with the two-pointer to make it 37-6.
In the 59th minute McCaw would go over for his second try of the match after the TMO was called upon. It was 44-6 after Cruden kicked another successful conversion. But Ewen McKenzie’s side hit back when Israel Folau crashed through a half gap in the 61st
Then Michael Hooper stretched his hand over the line to score the second try for Australia and Beale added a conversion to bring relative respectability to the scoreboard at 44-20. The Kiwis continued to threatened the visiting defence and Steven Luatua scored in the 80th minute to bring up a record half-century for the New Zealanders against their Trans-Tasman rivals. Cruden’s conversion wrapped up a miserable night for the Australians.
A powerful All Blacks showing ended in an emphatic 51-20 thumping.