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McKenzie: Wallabies were too passive in first half

Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie

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Article Published: Saturday 23 August 2014|

Australia head coach Ewen McKenzie says that his Wallabies were "too passive" in their 51-20 Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup loss to New Zealand's All Blacks.

The Rugby World Cup champion All Blacks responded to last week's 12-all draw by running in a six try to two bonus point victory over the Wallabies.

Australia scored the first points of the match but two minutes later the All Blacks had levelled the scores.

The early two minute lead turned out to be the only time in the contest that the Wallabies were in the lead even though the All Blacks played for 20 minutes with 14 men after being shown yellow cards to captain Richie McCaw and Ben Franks.

The Wallabies also lost a player to the sin bin when Rob Simmons infringed in an All Black maul and while he was off the New Zealand side scored 14 points which put them into a 23-6 lead at half time.

McKenzie said after the match that his team were too passive in the first half which allowed the All Blacks to build a strong first half lead which meant the Wallabies had to chase the game.

"Tonight was a great opportunity for us and we showed some character towards the end but we didn't get into the game," said McKenzie.

"We kicked off and got three points but it was one-way traffic after that."

"It doesn't matter which sector of the game, we didn't take control or dominate any of that so it was pretty disappointing. "

"We can't sit here and pretend anything other than we didn't perform to our expectations," he said.

All of the Rugby Championship teams get next week off and the Wallabies return in two weeks time in Perth where they will host South Africa's Springboks.

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