All Blacks vs. Wallabies: Score, Reaction from Bledisloe Cup 2016 Game 2

By Stuart Newman
at Internationaled.org

Published: August 27, 2016

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New Zealand's All Blacks were crowned Bledisloe Cup champions for the 14th consecutive year, as they took an unassailable 2-0 series lead over Australia thanks to a 29-9 victory in Wellington, New Zealand, on Saturday.

The Wallabies came into the match off the back of a humiliating 42-8 defeat in Game 1 on August 20, and although they made a much better account of themselves this time around, they were simply outclassed by the lethal All Blacks.

Australia were looking to start the game on the front foot and silence the Westpac Stadium, yet they couldn’t find a way through the New Zealand rearguard.



After a few minutes of Wallabies pressure, the All Blacks kicked into gear, and it wasn’t long before they were on the scoreboard.

Aaron Smith’s weaving run took New Zealand into Australia’s final third before a smart pass from Owen Franks found Israel Dagg, who cut inside to dot down, 5-0.

You always got the sense that Australia’s ferocious start wasn’t going to last, and TV host Robert Marawa said Dagg’s try was the start of more "torture" for the visitors:



But Australia weren’t going down that easily. Bernard Foley kicked a couple of penalties to keep his side in the hunt, while Israel Folau was causing New Zealand plenty of problems.

The All Blacks then did what the Wallabies couldn’t—cross the try line.

Dagg again found himself on the end of a flowing New Zealand move, this time following smart play from the ever-impressive Beauden Barrett, 15-6.

Australia managed to cut the gap to six points at the halfway stage, and at that point, they were still very much in the contest.



The second half, however, was a totally different story.

Perhaps they’d run out of steam from their early efforts or maybe the All Blacks had just remembered how t...
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