September 05, 2021
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All Blacks make clean sweep

The All Blacks hammered the Wallabies 38-21 in Perth on Sunday to make a clean sweep in the Bledisloe Cup.

The Kiwis were a man down for 20 minutes through the middle of the one-sided clash at Optus Stadium with Jordie Barrett red-carded for kicking his boot into winger Marika Koroibete’s face in an aerial battle.

Beauden Barrett booted two early penalties and set up brother Jordie’s opening try in the 17th minute with a dribbled kick at midfield that tore open the Wallabies’ defence.

His conversion put the All Blacks 13-0.

A nervous looking Noah Lolesio missed a close-range penalty from straight in front in the 28th minute for the hosts.

Fullback Tom Banks blew another chance for points with another missed penalties in the 30th minute.

Koroibete planted the ball on the line in the 37th minute but the try was cancelled as he had crawled on his knees under a maul.

The All Blacks counter-attacked brilliantly through their forwards and Centre David Havili touched down at the back of a maul seconds before halftime to give them an 18-0 lead.

Folau Fainga’a grabbed a 50th-minute try for the Wallabies after a smart linebreak by scrum-half Tate McDermott.

Akira Ioane shrugged off three defenders near the right wing to set up Will Jordan to score New Zealand's third try.

Havili then scored the first of two intercept tries, swooping on an errant pass by lock Matt Philip and bolting 80 metres to put the All Blacks 28-7 up with twenty minutes remaining in the second half.

Jordan had the second intercept try, running onto a superb cross kick by TJ Perenara as the All Blacks notched their second win of the Rugby Championship after thrashing Australia 57-22 at Eden Park last month.

Nic White and Banks scored for the Wallabies, who were no match for their opposition in the second half.

Successive bonus point wins over the Wallabies leaves Foster's All Blacks well placed in the Rugby Championship as they eye two tests each against the Pumas and world champion Springboks in the coming weeks.

By Reginald Chandar




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