New Zealand v Australia: Post-Match Reaction
New Zealand picked up yet another win at Eden Park as they blunted the dangerous Wallaby attack with a 30 to 14 win in Auckland. Tries from Ma’a Nonu and Kevin Mealamu in the first half and a controversial score from Sitiveni Sivivatu after the break powered the All Blacks in front, with their lead at one point stretching to 20-0 after a Dan Carter drop goal early in the second half.
Australia got a score on the board through Digby Ioane after some excellent build-up from Will Genia and Kurtley Beale, only for Sivivatu to immediately respond after good work from Conrad Smith in the resulting restart, with a knock-on from Kieran Read in the build-up not being picked up by the officials.
Quade Cooper nearly gifted the All Blacks a try with a blind, behind the back pass in his own dead ball area on a frustrating night for Wallaby playmaker. He still produced a moment of brilliance however for Australia’s second try from Rocky Elsom, putting in a huge pass from left to right. However the All Blacks were at another level; incredibly clinical, and powerful in defence, sending a message to everyone ahead of the World Cup.