All Blacks pile the pressure on Deans
New Zealand 22 Australia 0:DANIEL CARTER ensured New Zealand converted their territorial domination into points as the All Blacks beat Australia 22-0 at Eden Park on Saturday.
Outhalf Carter kicked five penalties and converted Israel Dagg’s try to score 17 points for the All Blacks, whose victory ensured they retained the Bledisloe Cup for the 10th successive season and piled the pressure on Wallabies coach Robbie Deans.
New Zealand, who have now held the Bledisloe Cup since 2003, have not lost to Australia at Eden Park since 1986. They have also won 14 of their 17 Tests against their closest neighbours since Deans took over as coach in 2008.
The All Blacks face Australia in the third match of the series, which is not part of the Rugby Championship, in Brisbane on October 20th. “To lock the Bledisloe up for another year, I’m very proud of the way the guys took to their work,” All Blacks captain Richie McCaw said in a pitchside interview.
The All Blacks dominated territory for much of the game, and forced the Wallabies to play much of their rugby in their own half.
The Wallabies, who had captain Will Genia sinbinned in the first half for a professional foul, were more combative in contact than they were in last week’s 27-19 loss in Sydney but the backline still lacked punch despite the presence of mercurial playmaker Quade Cooper.
NEW ZEALAND: Dagg, Jane, Nonu, S Williams, Gear, Carter, A Smith, Crockett, Mealamu, O Franks, Romano, S Whitelock, Messam, McCaw, Read.
Replacements: Hore, B. Franks, Retallick, Vito, Weepu, Cruden, B Smith.
AUSTRALIA: Ashley-Cooper, Mitchell, Horne, Barnes, Ioane, Cooper, Genia, Robinson, Moore, Alexander, Timani, Sharpe, Dennis, Hooper, Higginbotham.
Replacements: S Faingaa, Slipper, Samo, Gill, Phipps, A Faingaa, Beale.
REFEREE: Nigel Owens (Wales)