The All Blacks flew across the ditch to Sydney for game 3 of the 2020 Bledisloe Cup at ANZ Stadium.
The Wallabies were keen to make up for their loss two weeks ago.
It was a wet night in Sydney leading to slippery conditions.
There was concern early on with Caleb Clarke tackled in the air and landing heavily. Filipo Daugunu was given a yellow card for dangerous contact in the air and sent to the bin for 10 minutes.
With a man down the Wallabies couldn’t defend when the All Blacks pushed up the field and Karl Tu’inukuafe pushed over the line for a try at the end of the fourth minute.
Richie Mo’unga converted the try. New Zealand 7 – Australia 0
The All Blacks were on the attack with Jordie Barrett having a good run down the field straight after the restart. But Jordie Barrett elbowed Dane Haylett-Petty in the head as he was tackled and received a yellow card, evening out the playing sides.
The 11th minute saw the veteran All Blacks hooker Dane Coles awarded a try after a kick to the corner by the on-field referee but it was overruled by the TMO.
Caleb Clarke made a huge charge down the right-hand side but was tackled into touch by Marika Koroibete just as he crossed the line in the 13th minute.
20th minute Richie Mo’unga cut through the Australian defence after a little shift in play to get the All Blacks second try after a couple of close calls. He missed the attempt to convert his own try. New Zealand 12 – Australia 0
Australia had some small runs up the field but couldn’t do anything with it.
Then the 26th minute Richie Mo’unga got the ball again after a small chip and ran down the field to score between the posts. An easy conversion. New Zealand 19 – Australia 0
The inexperience in the Australian side was certainly showing.
In 29th minute Dane Coles made up for his disallowed try by scoring after an All Blacks line-out formed a scrum and pushed over the line. Richie Mo’unga converted the try from the left side. New Zealand 26 – Australia 0
Australia made it into the New Zealand half and the ball got down to the line but Jordie Barrett grounded it.
Two minutes before half time Richie Mo’unga was gifted the ball again but it was too slippery for the All Blacks to get it across the line.
The first half ended with an Australia scrum then the ball kicked dead.
Australia came out fired up in the second half and scored in the first five minutes. Jordan Petaia had a magnificent run down the field, getting past New Zealand players. He was tackled then the ball got passed to Noah Lolesio who ran straight and scored a try in his Wallabies test debut. He couldn’t convert his own try. New Zealand 26 – Australia 5
Lukhan Salakaia-Loto had to retire injured after a knee twist.
The Wallabies were certainly more of an equal team in the second half to begin with.
58th minute the All Blacks received a penalty and decided to take a kick. Richie Mo’unga placed the ball nicely between the posts. New Zealand 29 – Australia 5
Jordan Petaia had another good run in the 62nd minute placing Australia in front of the All Blacks line with a line-out, followed by a scrum. But scrappy playing gave a penalty to New Zealand.
The All Blacks had a great passing and running game in the 69th minute with Rieko Ioane moving half-way down the field before he was tackled. A minute later he had the ball again and crossed the line for a try which Richie Mo’unga converted. New Zealand 36 – Australia 5
Australia made some moves, but the ball popped up to Sam Whitelock who got the ball to Jordie Barrett in the 73rd minute who ran half the length of the field to score. Richie Mo’unga converted the try. New Zealand 43 – Australia 5
In the dying minutes Shannon Frizell of New Zealand received a yellow card for an arm to the head of Jordan Petaia.
It was a memorable night for New Zealand and a forgettable one for Australia.
Hopefully we see more of Jordan Petaia in the Wallabies side as he certainly was their best on field.
In extra time Marika Koroibete went across the line but it was ruled a no try and that was the end of the game.
The Bledisloe Cup is New Zealand’s for another year.
Tune in to 10 and 10 play on Saturday 7 November at 7:00 pm for 2020 Rugby Championship Wallabies v All Blacks