All Blacks run up record score to punish sluggish Australia

Lawrence Cooper
August 20, 2017

Full-back McKenzie got his first try in three tests, and flanker Squire scored his second try in eight tests as the All Blacks led 40-6 at half-time - and six tries to nil.

The late rally merely masked the deficiencies after the Wallabies' haphazard first-half attack included a forward pass from playmaker Bernard Foley as well as an intercept that led to a try after he tried to transfer a bad ball.

All Blacks head coach Hansen expects prop Wyatt Crockett to miss next weekend's match after he suffered a head knock on Saturday.

Asked if he'd persist with Grey and his structures, Cheika said: "One hundred per cent. one hundred per cent".

The Wallabies scored a third in the 60th minute though Beale when he picked up a dropped Kiwi pass and raced 50 metres before Folau added try in the 67th minute.

Cheika still had faith his side could do it.

"It's not attitude", Cheika said.

"You've been out for a while, you get back into the fold and sometimes you're a little bit too eager", he said in a media conference. We were OK in patches of the second half but we conceded 34 points which means most days of the week you're going to be losing test matches.

The Wallabies take on the All Blacks at 10 tonight in the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship opener while South Africa take on Argentina at 3.05am tomorrow.

Cheika may have boasted the Wallabies were fit and raring to go but they sure as anything didn't do enough work on their defensive structures in an abysmal effort.

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"We've got an attacking type of team, so we should be scoring points".

"It's about winning the game and doing things that you are proud of".

"We spoke about it inside (the changing rooms). We've spoken about it, everyone understands what we need to do to rectify it next week - both mentally and on the training paddock".

The visitors jumped quickly out of the blocks in the second half, with two more strikes from Damian McKenzie and Ben Smith to raise the half century.

The All Blacks had considerably less time - with four Super Rugby franchises involved in the finals - but managed to play a warm-up match.

"I think we had the right preparation, no doubt", he said.

"But that's as good as we could have had it". "We just needed to get back to playing some simple footy".

"That still doesn't help us with anything about this game".

"As I said, there's no point us sitting here trying to talk about how he feels and if you're struggling with that, put yourself in his shoes and imagine what would be said and how you'd feel". Beale brought the flair we expected and scored Australia's third consecutive try when he scooped up a loose ball and ran 50 metres. "I know it sort of blind-sided him when he got named to start so he might be a little bit nervous but he's definitely got the capability to go out there and perform".

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