Mon, Aug 21, 12:01pm by Staff Writer
Hopes of a Wallabies win over the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney on Saturday night were not high, but after 40-minutes of play, in which the visitors scored a point a minute, they had all been dashed.
The score at half-time was a remarkable 40-6, which was a record for the most number of points scored by the All Blacks against the Wallabies in a half.
Amazingly, the Aussies were on the board first, when five-eighth Bernard Foley opened the scoring with a penalty goal in the fourth minute after the All Blacks failed to roll away from the tackled player in their 22.
The second-half sent the lowest Bledisloe Cup crowd in Sydney since they started playing at the 2000 Olympic venue in Homebush, home with some optimism, as the home side outscoring the World Champions 28-24 in the last 40 minutes, but the damage was done.
The eight tries to four win set a new record for points against Australia in a game which produced the second highest combined number of points, 88, in a Rugby Championship Test.
All Blacks Winger Rieko Ioane and centre Ryan Crotty both scored doubles, in what was a ruthless performance by the men in black. The Kiwis are now into $1.08 to win their fifth Rugby Championship in six years.
The Wallabies now head to the New Zealand Southeast Coastal city of Dunedin, to face the All Blacks in the Second Test on Saturday, for which they are unsurprisingly priced at huge odds ($13) to level the series.
In the other Rugby Championship game played on the weekend, the Springboks ran in four tries to two against Argentina. The 37-15 win sends the South Africans to second place on the table.
Rugby Championship Games
New Zealand $1.02 v Australia $13 Line: 26.5
Argentina $2.99 v South Africa $1.39 Line: 6.5
Rugby Championship Winner
New Zealand $1.08
South Africa $9
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