Tue, Aug 28, 1:03pm by Staff Writer
The New Zealand All Blacks have once again claimed the Bledisloe Cup after crushing the Wallabies 40-12 at Eden Park on Saturday night.
It was a clinic from the All Blacks’ Beauden Barrett who scored four tries in a man of the match performance for the home side.
The All Blacks have secured the Bledisloe every year since 2002, a run that has now stretched to 17 years.
They also have a stranglehold on the Rugby Championship crown this year, after winning their opening two games.
The All Blacks are $1.91 favourites to win next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, with world number two Ireland the next best priced at $5.50, followed by England ($7.50) and Australia ($10).
The Wallabies had not won at Eden Park in 32 years and that run continued on the weekend.
Despite owning more possession (52 per cent), the Wallabies struggled to make in roads into a stoic Kiwi defence.
The All Blacks had more than 300 more runs than the Wallabies on only 22 more carries.
There was a high missed tackle count in the game for both sides, with the Wallabies missing 38 and the All Blacks missing 31.
The Wallabies tries came through Will Genia in the first half and Reece Hodge midway through the second half.
The All Blacks opened up the game just before half-time with a try to take a 14-7 lead to the break. After half-time, they struck twice in the opening 10 minutes to open up a 28-7 lead.
After losing seven lineouts in Sydney, the Wallabies tightened up that set piece, losing only two of their 10 lineouts on Saturday night.
Argentina produced a 32-19 win against South Africa in what may be their only win in this year’s Rugby Championship with matches remaining against Australia and New Zealand.
It was a poor performance from the Springboks who were error-riddled and coughed up possession relentlessly in the first half to trail 27-7 at the main break.
A try to Ramiro Moyano just after half-time extended the lead to 32-7 and beyond the visitors.
The Pumas have played two good games against the Springboks in consecutive weeks, but face a tough task against the All Blacks at Trafalgar Park in Nelson in a fortnight’s time.
The Wallabies host South Africa at Suncorp Stadium, looking for their first win of the 2018 Rugby Championship.
2019 Rugby World Cup Odds – Sportsbet
New Zealand $1.91
South Africa $13
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