DUNEDIN, New Zealand - The Wallabies went down 41-33 in the third Bledisloe Cup Test in Dunedin to lose the series 3-0 after another merciless display by the All Blacks.
The match may have been a dead rubber, but both teams showed moments of brilliance in the free-flowing seven-try Test in front of a near-sellout crowd of 28,973 at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Unfortunately for the Wallabies costly handling errors and sloppy breakdown work meant those moments were just too few and far between.
The Australians failed to back up their pre-match talk of proving they'd closed the gap on the world champions after being trounced in both of the first two Bledisloe Cup Tests.
The game looked dead and buried as early as the 47th minute with the All Blacks up 33-19 and attacking a broken Wallabies line.
But an intercept to Tevita Kuridrani, who put over inside centre Matt Toomua, narrowed the gap to seven.
The fightback didn't last long, All Blacks captain Kieran Read crossing in the 53rd minute after a superb team build up that epitomised their four tries.
A late consolation try to Wallabies' outside centre Kuridrani gave the scoreline a more flattering look for the visitors.