All Blacks crush Wallabies in Rugby Championship opener

Aug 20, 2017, 00:41
All Blacks crush Wallabies in Rugby Championship opener

A veteran of 81-Tests for New Zealand and the incumbent in the No. 6 jersey, Kaino was curiously dropped for the opening Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney Saturday night in favour of Liam Squire.

The two scandals have overshadowed the All Blacks' preparations for their Rugby Championship defence, which kicked off on Saturday against the Wallabies in Syndey, and NZR chief executive Steve Tew issued a statement to address the two incidents.

Despite Australia running in four late tries to give the scoreboard a degree of respectability, the game was all but settled by halftime after New Zealand had run in six tries to lead 40-6.

All the passes stuck and a pretty awesome first half.

Jerome Kaino has returned home from the All Blacks' camp.

Hooper says that they have a really strong bench with guys like Lopeti Timani, Sekope Kepu in the front row and Tevita Kuridrani to come on.

New Zealand All Blacks celebrate during a match against Australia Wallabies at Stadium Australia in Sydney on August 19, 2017.

It got no better with fullback Damian McKenzie scoring his first Test try three minutes after the resumption and Barrett's sixth conversion extended the lead to 47-6.

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However, despite witnessing his side score the most points they've ever achieved against their Antipodean rivals - and banish memories of the disappointing draw against the Lions with an emphatic response - Kieran Read admitted that the 28-14 second-half scoreline was not a pleasing one for the All Blacks.

Midfielder Ryan Crotty had his first try after forwards Joe Moody and Brodie Retallick broke the Australian defense, Sonny Bill Williams crashed over in the 34th, and Crotty scored his second try in the last minute of the first half. But you can't fault that first half.

"Being 50 points behind, you start to throw everything we had, I'm so happy with that".

"As an employer, we will take some time to asses this".

Kaino, 34, a two-time World Cup winning All Black, was a surprise omission from the match-day 23 when the New Zealand Test team was named on Thursday. "We'll take the positives and there's obviously things to learn from". He said he wasn't going to make many changes.

"It's nice to play in when it's coming off like that", he said.

"I think we probably got a little seduced by the scoreboard and went away from the fundamentals of what we wanted to do".

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