It’s the Beauden Barrett show as New Zealand smash Australia!

All Black superstar Beauden Barrett (flyhalf) scored four of his team’s six tries and converted five of the six tries to help his team to a 40-12 victory over Australia at Auckland’s Eden Park last Saturday in their second meeting of this year’s Rugby Championship.

Barrett finished with a match haul of 30 points, a New Zealand individual match record against Australia.

The Wallabies didn’t play bad at all but were unfortunately outclassed by a better team. Australia were in the match right until a minute before half time where the score was 7-7 when Beauden Barret scored a try. Right after the half time break All Black prop Joe Moody scored and suddenly the score went from 7-7 to 21-7 in the space of five minutes.

Australia’s fighting spirit was extinguished. New Zealand punished Australia with turn over ball as their first two tries came from turn over conceded by the Wallabies. Both first half tries came from New Zealand’s own 22-metre mark.

A clever box kick by scrumhalf Aaron Smith was beautifully taken by wing Ben Smith which led to Beauden Barrett’s first try. Ben Smith was again in the action just before half time linking up with Codie Taylor just for Barret to finish the move to score his second.

Straight after the break Moody scored which was followed up with a try from loose forward Liam Squire and Barrett scored another two.

The first Wallaby try came from a strong scrum where scrumhalf Will Genia ran around and scored next to the poles. Again the second try for the Wallabies came from a good scrum when flyhalf Bernard Foley broke out of an Aaron Smith tackle to link up with centre Reece Hodge to score.

The lineout wows continued for Australia as their jumping options are being limited by playing Michael Hooper and David Pocock.

Victory for New Zealand meant that Australia now have lost 22 matches in a row in New Zealand since 2001 and have not won at Eden Park since 1986. The All Blacks now have held the Bledisloe Cup since 2003 and may have wrapped up the Rugby Championship after just two matches.

Written by Carl Coertzen – 28/08/18