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New Zealand beat Australia in Sydney




Australia host New Zealand in the Rugby Championship opening match this weekend in Sydney.

The Wallabies will be looking for back to back wins over the All Blacks, winning 23-18 in Brisbane, last year.

  • Australia has not won back to back matches against the All Blacks since 2000-2001 when they beat them in three games on the spin.
  • Since the British & Irish Lions visited in 2013, the All Blacks are the only other side to play the Wallabies at this Sydney venue, and it will be the sixth clash between the sides here since that loss to the Lions.
  • The All Blacks scored 77 aggregate points against France in the three-Test series. In the second half of those matches, conceding just seven, while keeping the French scoreless in two games.
  • New Zealand averaged 14.7 clean breaks per game during their June series against France, the most of any tier one team during the mid-year Tests, while the Wallabies averaged the fewest (4 per game).
  • Israel Folau has scored six tries in 15 games against New Zealand, just four players have crossed the whitewash against the All Blacks more often –Adam Ashley-Cooper (9), David Campese (8), Bryan Habana (8), Matt Burke (7).
  • Sam Whitelock makes his 100th Test appearance at 29 years-old for the All Blacks, the youngest player to do so and just the eighth.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off and the national anthems as well as the Haka.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Sydney for this classic encounter between the trans-Tasman rivals.

2.00: Australia start with some good possession, but after several phases, the All Blacks win a penalty at the ruck.

3.00: Great work by David Pocock, who wins Kiwi ball at the breakdown.

5.00: Waisake Naholo is lucky not to see a yellow card for a tip-tackle on Israel Folau. Bernard Foley kicks to the corner, but the lineout is botched and Aaron Smith clears.

6.00: Another miscommunication in the lineout between the Wallaby forwards gifts New Zealand a scrum.

7.00: New Zealand win the first scrum-penalty, but the Wallabies are back on the attack. They are playing deep behind the advantage line.

8.00: Kieren Read is pinged at the breakdown for coming in from the side. Reece Hodge will take a shot at goal.

11.00: PENALTY! Hodge brings the ball around and gives his side the lead. 3-0

12.00: MASSIVE HIT by Sam Cane on Lukhan Tui. The ball is lost forward and the All Blacks have an attacking scrum on the Wallabies 22.

13.00: The ball is lost during the attack. Marika Koroibete tries to run the ball out, but steps into touch. Ryan Crott took one to the chin and is down being checked by the medics. Anton Lienert-Brown comes on for Crotty, who is going for an HIA.

15.00: Smart play by Aaron Smith, throwing the pass into a lazy runner and winning the penalty. Beauden Barrett kicks a monster to the Aussie 5m.

16.00: Another turnover inside the red-zone by the Kiwis gives Hodge the chance to clear, and boy, does the centre have a boot. He clears to halfway from on the dead-ball line.

18.00: Micheal Hooper swamps Barrett and the Wallabies win the turnover. They are on the attack inside the New Zealand 22, probing with short runners and pick and drives.

20.00: The ball is slowed down and the Wallabies win the penalty at the breakdown. Hooper is not impressed that the All Blacks deliberately infringed by the goal-line.

21.00: PENALTY! Foley doubles the lead. 6-0

23.00: Pocock takes the ball up, is tackled by Cane, who gets up quickly, challenges for the ball and wins the penalty. Barrett’s kick does not find touch. The Aussies clear and give the ball back. Lots of mistakes coming from the All Blacks – unlike them.

25.00: Barrett makes a break, but the move breaks down after both teams lose possession with poor kicking and handling. New Zealand has been sloppy with the ball in hand and their kicking game has been poor.

27.00: Sekope Kepu is pinged for collapsing after losing his bind. Barrett does find touch inside the Aussie 22.

28.00: Australia is pinged for collapsing the maul. Barrett kicks to the corner. New Zealand is bringing the heat.

29.00: Izack Rodda wins an All Blacks throw. Dane Haylett-Petty runs out from his goal-line, and Foley clears. But it’s still Kiwi ball.

30.00: It’s Dane Haylett-Petty again, this time tackling Naholo into touch. Big defence by the Wallabies.

31.00: Superb by Kurtley Beale, who clears to halfway from a tight angle. Australia repelling everything the World Champions are throwing at them.

34.00: desperate defending from Australia. New Zealand went 17 phases before Tatafu Polota-Nau took possession and raced across halfway before Beale knocks on.

35.00: Australia looks tired after that long series of play, but another knock on by the Kiwis offers some respite for the hosts.

37.00: MASSIVE scrum by New Zealand. They bulldoze Australia and win the penalty. Barrett will kick at goal instead of the corner. That is a win for Australia and a concession by the visitors.

38.00: MISS! Barrett’s kick is wide. 6-0

39.00: TRY! Superb hands by Read, after taking Naholo’s inside ball, before Aaron Smith dives over for the game’s first try. It came from Ben Smith’s break near halfway. 6-5

40.00: MISS! Barrett can’t add the extras. 6-5

The halftime score was Australia 6 New Zealand 5

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Australia.

42.00: Naholo strips Marika Koroibete and the All Blacks counter-attack from inside their 22.

43.00: TRY! Jack Goodhue scores his first Test try, taking Rieko Ioane’s inside pass and racing away for a fiver. Just like that, the All Blacks strike. 6-10

44.00: CONVERSION! Barrett, finally and from close range, finds his radar. 6-12

46.00: Australia look tired, Hooper is puffing and the gaps are opening up.

48.00: Folau thinks he’s scored, but the referee pulls Australia back for a forward pass. It came from Will Genia’s interception on his line. The scrumhalf played Foley, who put in a little grubber for Koroibete. the big man was caught by Barrett before Genia played Kepu. It was the prop’s pass that was deemed forward. Referee Jaco Peyper said that there were TWO forward passes, but I think he was watching a different game.

50.00: Australia’s set-piece is creaking; they’ve lost three scrum-penalties and three lineouts.

52.00: TRY! Beauden Barrett does his best Lionel Messi, kicking a loose ball forward three times from halfway after the Aussies lost possession. He was chased all the way but gathered and scored. 6- 17

53.00: CONVERSION! Barrett converts his score. 6-19

56.00: Australia goes close, but lose the ball on the New Zealand goal-line.

58.00: Another scrum-penalty for the All Blacks will release the pressure.

60.00: The Wallaby lineout is falling apart.

63.00: TRY! Brodie Retallick throws a dummy and races away down the sideline for the All Blacks’ fourth try. It came from another lost lineout by the hosts and some magic from Beauden Barrett. 6-24

65.00: CONVERSION! Barrett adds the extras. 6-26

66.00: TRY! Jack Maddocks on debut scores straight after the restart. 11-26

68.00: CONVERSION! Foley drop-kicks the conversion. 13-26

69.00: Folau limped off after Rettalick’s score and it did not look good for the fullback. Australia have a scrum after a lineout was thrown skew by Nathan Harris.

73.00: TRY! Naholo chases Barrett’s perfectly weighted left foot kick, and with nobody at home, the winger collects and flops over the whitewash for his seventh try in seven Tests. The game is over. 13-31

74.00: MISS! Barrett pulls his kick past the left post. 13-31

76.00: TRY! It’s raining tries. Naholo has a double, collecting Lienert-Brown’s hook-pass, cutting inside the Wallaby defenders and racing away. 13-36

77.00: CONVERSION! Barrett makes no mistake. 13-38

79.00: Australia mount an attack, but they are out on their feet, and can’t finish.

80.00: Game over. 

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The final score is Australia 13 (6) New Zealand 38 (5)


Tries – Maddocks
Pen – Hodge, Foley
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

New Zealand
Tries – A. Smith, Goodhue, B. Barrett, Retallick, Naholo (2)
Pen –
Con – B. Barrett (4)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper (SARU)
Assistant Ref 1: Wayne Barnes (RFU)
Assistant Ref 2: Luke Pearce (RFU)
TMO: Marius Jonker (SARU)



15 Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Lukhan Tui, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Tom Robertson.

Replacements: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Allan Ala’alatoa, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Jack Maddocks.

All Blacks

15 Ben Smith, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.

Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Karl Tu’inukuake, 18 Tim Perry, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Thomas Perenara, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown. 

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