The All Blacks outplayed a stunned Wallabies team who fought hard but were ultimately blown away by New Zealand who recorded a dominant 30-14 victory at Eden Park on Saturday.
The visitors enjoyed the majority of territory and possession in the first half but the All Blacks made far better use of the ball they had and got out of the blocks quickly, racing out to an early 10-0 lead.
Flyhalf Dan Carter enjoyed a flawless performance at the venue for the World Cup Final later this year and he got the ball rolling for New Zealand with an early penalty. Ma'a Nonu powered his way over for the first try after some devastating build-up play from the home side.
The Wallabies battled to penetrate the All Black defence, and were forced to run laterally, while their host got over the advatntage line consistently as they layed down a serious marker by delivering a big performance.
The All Blacks then got on the front foot once more after a strong scrum and hooker Keven Mealamu was on hand to burrow his way over for the try that gave the New Zealanders a 17-0 lead that they took into the break.
Young utility back James O'Connor made things even more difficult for the Wallabies with a wayward performance off the kicking tee but the visitors were never going to lie down and they showed good character to outscore the All Blacks by one point in the second half.
Scrumhalf Will Genia made a typical sniping break down the blndside of a ruck before relasing the electric Kurtley Beale who offloaded to impressive wing Digby Ioane who rounded All Black fullback Mils Muliaina to get over for the visitors' first try.
The mercurial Quade Cooper, who failed to make much of an impression on the game as he was completely outplayed by his opposite number, converted after assuming the kicking duties from O'Connor and the Wallabies were finally on the board.
However, the All Blacks hit straight back from the restart when outside centre Conrad Smith snapped up a loose ball and gave it to flying wing Sitiveni Sivivatu who finished in style.
The Wallabies had the final say when their skipper Rocky Elsom got over for a late try but it was not enough as the All Blacks stamped their authority on the biggest contenders to their spot at the top of the world rankings.
For New Zealand:
Tries: Nonu, Mealamu, Sivivatu
Cons: Carter 3
Pens: Carter 2
Tries: Ioane, Elsom
Cons: Cooper 2
New Zealand: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Sam Whitelock, 19 Adam Thomson, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Colin Slade, 22 Sonny Bill Williams.
Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 James O'Connor, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom (captain), 5 James Horwill, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sekope Kepu.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Dan Vickerman, 19 Scott Higginbotham, 20 Luke Burgess, 21 Anthony Fainga'a, 22 Lachie Turner.
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
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