The all blacks picked up the Tri-Nations and Bledisloe cups today with a good second half performance against Australia.
It wasn’t all New Zealand’s way though with Australia unlucky to go in at half time 12-9 down, having had the lion share of possession, territory and continuity. They also stole 4 New Zealand line-outs.
Impressive Australian handling in wet conditions meant that the ABs didn’t actually have a scrum feed until the second half, at which point their superiority in this set piece paid off.
Penalties (and a wobbly Giteau 50m field goal) were traded until the 58th minute when Tony Woodcock was adjudged to have got over for a close range effort on the Australian line. Form then on the Wallabies were never in it, tackling to keep the scoreline respectable.
NZ – Tries: Woodcock, Pen goals: Carter 7
Aus – Pen goals: Mortlock 3, Drop goals: Giteau
At a sodden Eden Park in Auckland with some Welsh guy as ref.
Possession: NZ 47%, Aus 53%
Territory: NZ 50%, Aus 50%
Lineouts: Won: NZ 15, Aus 10
Lost: NZ 4, Aus 0
Top jumpers: Chris Jack 6, Keith Robinson 3, Rocky Elsom 4, Nathan Sharpe 3
Won: NZ 3, Aus 7
Lost: NZ 0, Aus 1
Reset: NZ 4, Aus 3
Rucks: NZ 75, Aus 87
Mauls: NZ 6, Aus 3
Hitups: NZ 59, Aus 66
Linebreaks:NZ 3, Aus 2
Tackles: Made: NZ 143, Aus 112
Missed: NZ 13, Aus 7
Top tacklers: Richie McCaw 20, Jerry Collins 17, Nathan Sharpe 14, Stephen Hoiles 11
Turnovers: NZ 16, Aus 16
Errors: NZ 10, Aus 8
Penalties conceded: NZ 5, Aus 13