The All Blacks outgunned the Wallabies 38 - 13 in the Bledisloe Game One, scoring 5 second-half tries to dominate the game. After a close fought first half, the All Blacks took advantage of numerous unforced errors in midfield with Jack Goodhue running 95 metres to score after a Wallabies mistake.
The result sets up a daunting return match next Saturday in Auckland and the Wallabies will have to vastly improve to have any hope of taking the Bledisloe to a meaningful third match.
The Wallabies lead 6-5 at half time through two penalties, but Aaron Smith's try on the stroke of half time was a warning of things to come. Tries by Goodhue, Barrett, Retallick and a pair from Waisake Naholo punished the Wallabies, with Jack Maddocks' try on his debut being one of the few bright spots for Australia.
After the match Wallabies Captain Michael Hooper expressed his disappointment and admitted that they 'weren't up to scratch tonight'.
Bledisloe Game One Results
Pens: Hodge, Foley
New Zealand 38
Tries: Naholo 2, A Smith, Goodhue, B Barrett, Retallick
Cons: B Barrett 2
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The action continues as the Wallabies take on the All Blacks in round two of the Bledisloe Cup 2018, broadcast LIVE on TEN and streamed LIVE on tenplay from 5.00pm AEDT, Saturday 25th August 2018