New Zealand big winners in Rugby Championship opener despite Australia fightback

by Leon Thompson August 21, 2017, 2:15
New Zealand big winners in Rugby Championship opener despite Australia fightback

"It was bloody fantastic", All Blacks captain Kieran Read said.

NZR are already reviewing the culture of New Zealand rugby and its treatment of women, following revelations about the Waikato Chiefs" behaviour on "Mad Monday' a year ago when they hired an exotic dancer, who accused them of touching her inappropriately and throwing alcohol in her direction.

The Maori All Black went over again minutes later to score a double, before Ryan Crotty notched New Zealand's fourth try with less than half an hour played, as Australia were guilty of multiple handling errors.

"It was pretty plain to see that our defence wasn't good enough at all", Cheika said.

"I think it's maybe just that little bit of doubt creeps in".

The Wallabies suffered a shock home loss to Scotland in June and endured a awful Super Rugby season where Australian sides lost all 26 of their matches against Kiwi opposition.

Dominating performances from fullback Damian McKenzie, wing Rieko Ioane and flanker Liam Squire lent substance to the win.

The New Zealanders claimed their fifth try just before half-time when Sonny Bill Williams crashed over and Barrett's conversion stretched the world champions' lead to 33-6.

After racking up a record points haul against their rivals, New Zealand can now look forward to another Bledisloe Cup clash in Dunedin next weekend.

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But, speaking at the post-match press conference, the 2015 World Rugby coach of the year said he had no issues with Grey's defensive structures.

New Zealand seemed headed for an historic winning margin but the tide turned.

Multiple times in the lead-up to Saturday, players and coaches stressed that poor results in Super Rugby from Australian franchises would have no bearing on what happened come Test season.

The All Blacks might have surpassed 60 points with a late try to Beauden Barrett but the score was overruled by the television official. "We just need to make sure now that all the systems are in place, there's full buy in and that guys are executing under pressure". "We'll take the positives and there's obviously things to learn from". 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.

Australian media reports of an extra-marital affair have triggered the return of the 81-Test veteran ahead of the first Bledisloe Cup Test on Saturday.

Cheika refused to blame his side's character and instead said the Wallabies were guilty of not trusting their instincts.

"The Review is being presented to the NZR Board this month and we are looking to make that public sometime in September".

'It comes down to a deep belief between players. "We've got to acknowledge what we did wrong first of all and then say, 'OK, we've got to fix that thing or those two things or whatever they might be, ' and then go to it and do it".

"And backing ourselves and not worrying about what the opposition might be doing out the back or out wide, playing exactly what's in front of us defensively".


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