All Blacks too good against determined Wallabies

NICHOLAS MCDONALD

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia

The All Blacks continued their dominance over the Wallabies with a final score of 41-33 at Dunedin on Saturday.

The match featured some of the best rugby to come out of the Wallabies despite the loss.

Quade Cooper performed exceptionally which helped the Australians keep the score deficit in the single digits.

Cooper was the focus of a hostile Dunedin crowd as he endured taunts and jeers every time he handled the ball.

This hostility was increased when he scored within three minutes of the match starting, which put Australia on the front foot early on.

The All Blacks controlled the field with confidence and skill although at moments it appeared the Wallabies may overtake the Bledisloe winning New Zealanders.

Julian Savea, Aaron Cruden, Sam Cane and Kieran Read all crossed the line for the All Blacks with Cruden scoring off three out of four conversion attempts and converting four penalty goals.

For the Wallabies, Adam Ashley-Cooper was the standout of the night with a try in the 40th minute and a flawless kicking record, scoring off every conversion and penalty goal.

Joining Ashley-Cooper in the scoring for the Australians was Matt Toomua and Tevita Kuridrani, scoring in the 47th and 77th minute respectively.

The match exemplified the strengths of both teams and it is hoped the spirited play of the Wallabies continues into the future as the Australians press to dethrone the All Blacks.

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