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McCaw praises All Black forward pack

New Zealand's All Blacks have retained the Bledisloe Cup for another year

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Article Published: Saturday 23 August 2014|

All Black captain Richie McCaw has praised the performance of his tight forwards in their Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup 51-20 victory over Australia's Wallabies.

The New Zealand pack led by Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick scored five of the All Blacks six tries including two from Richie McCaw and a penalty try.

The other tries by forwards were scored by Kieran Read and Steven Luatua while the whole pack won a penalty try from a scrum.

"They set the platform for everyone to play with the ball and rugby is a lot easier if you get some go forward at winning the contact and that's pretty much the difference for the majority of the game," said McCaw.

The victory means that the All Blacks retain the Bledisloe Cup for an 11th year and as next year there will be a shortened Rugby Championship due to the Rugby World Cup winning the cup back will be more difficult for Australia.

The All Blacks now lead the Rugby Championship standings although second placed South Africa have a game in hand against Argentina later this weekend and could overtake them with a bonus point victory.

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