SHOCKER: Australia’s Michael Hooper seems to be feeling the pain at Eden Park last night.
SHOCKER: Australia’s Michael Hooper seems to be feeling the pain at Eden Park last night. Afp

All Blacks extend their Bledisloe Cup reign

RUGBY UNION: The All Blacks have retained the Bledisloe Cup for the 12 successive year, smashing the Wallabies 51-20 at Auckland's Eden Park last night in a record score.

The New Zealand forwards were heavily criticised for their performance in last week's 12-12 draw with Australia but more than made up for it in a dominant display on home soil.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw starred for his side to score two tries and recover well from an earlier sin binning.

McCaw was binned in the 13th minute for a professional foul. It seemed to fill his side with even more resolve.

Kieran Read, Julian Savea and Steven Luatua also scored and flyhalf Aaron Cruden kicked five conversions and three penalties.

Wallabies star full-back Israel Folau and captain Michael Hooper managed to cross to make the scoreline somewhat less embarrassing and Kurtley Beale slotted two penalties and two conversions.

The loss makes the third and final match, which is scheduled for October in Brisbane, a dead rubber.

Wallabies lock Rob Simmons was also sinbinned early during the match when his side was up 9-6.



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