Mitsubishi Estate Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup
Qantas Wallabies v New Zealand
Eden Park, Auckland
Saturday 25 August 2018
Australia 12 (Will Genia, Reece Hodge tries; Bernard Foley con) was defeated by New Zealand 40 (Beauden Barrett 4, Joe Moody, Liam Squire tries; Beauden Barrett 5 cons)
The Qantas Wallabies were outclassed by New Zealand in the second Bledisloe Cup and Mitsubishi Estate Rugby Championship clash on Saturday night, crashing to a 40-12 defeat at Eden Park.
All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett stamped his authority on the game with a four-try masterclass on a rainy night in Auckland, after the home side held a slender 14-7 lead at the break.
A committed start from the men in gold was rewarded when scrumhalf Will Genia snuck over from a dominant Wallabies scrum in the 29th minute to answer an earlier try from Barrett.
In a repeat of last week’s opening contest in Sydney, a late New Zealand try before the half shifted the momentum of the contest.
Once again it was a second half performance to forget for the Wallabies, which started when Joe Moody crashed over just three minutes after the break, and moments later Liam Squire strode through a yawning gap in Australia’s defence to score under the posts.
From there it was all Barrett, as he laid on two more tries to take his total to four for the night and finished with a personal haul of 30 points in the match.
The Wallabies managed to cross the line midway through the second half when Bernard Foley split the All Blacks defensive line and put Reece Hodge over out wide, but it wasnt enough to stem the tide.
As it happened:
13 mins: Beauden Barrett try, Beauden Barrett con AUS 0-7 NZL
29 mins: Will Genia try, Bernard Foley con AUS 7-7 NZL
38 mins: Beauden Barrett try, Beauden Barrett con AUS 7-14 NZL
43 mins: Joe Moody try, Beauden Barrett con AUS 7-21 NZL
48 mins: Liam Squire try, Beauden Barrett con AUS 7-28 NZL
55 mins: Reece Hodge try AUS 12-28 NZL
62 mins: Beauden Barrett try, Beauden Barrett con AUS 12-35 NZL
69 mins: Beauden Barrett try AUS 12-40 NZL
15. Dane Haylett-Petty (23. Tom Banks, 71 mins) 14. Jack Maddocks 13. Reece Hodge 12. Kurtley Beale 11. Marika Koroibete 10. Bernard Foley (22. Matt Toomua, 65 mins) 9. Will Genia (21. Nick Phipps, 71 mins) 8. David Pocock 7. Michael Hooper (c) (20. Pete Samu, 71 mins) 6. Lukhan Tui 5. Adam Coleman 4. Izack Rodda (19. Rob Simmons, 52 mins) 3. Allan Alaalatoa (18. Sekope Kepu, 52 mins) 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau (16. Folau Faingaa, 53 mins) 1. Scott Sio (17. Tom Robertson, 52 mins)
*replacements in brackets
15. Jordie Barrett (22. Damian McKenzie, 67 mins) 14. Ben Smith 13. Jack Goodhue (23. Anton Lienert-Brown, 63 mins) 12. Ngani Laumape 11. Waisake Naholo 10. Beauden Barrett 9. Aaron Smith (21. TJ Perenara, 63 mins) 8. Kieran Read (c) 7. Sam Cane (20. Ardie Savea, 53 mins) 6. Liam Squire (19. Scott Barrett, 56 mins) 5. Sam Whitelock 4. Brodie Retallick 3. Owen Franks (18. Ofa Tuungafasi, 52 mins) 2. Codie Taylor (16. Nathan Harris, 56 mins) 1. Joe Moody (17. Karl Tuinukuafe, 56 mins)
*replacements in brackets
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