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All Blacks thump Wallabies to win cup

Monday, August 25, 2014

AUCKLAND - Another Eden Park visit, another nightmare for the Wallabies who sank to a 12th straight Bledisloe Cup series defeat on Saturday night.

The ruthless All Blacks showed exactly why they are the best team in world rugby, by far, hammering Australia 51-20 in a record-breaking rout that delivered a sobering dose of reality to Ewen McKenzie's team.

New Zealand, stinging from last week's 12-12 draw in Sydney, dominated every facet of the game to continue an amazing 33-match winning streak against allcomers at their spiritual home.

The Wallabies never looked like ending their own 28-year Bledisloe drought in Auckland once the hosts skipped ahead with back-to-back tries on the 30-minute mark for a 21-6 lead.

Lapping up perfect conditions on a fast Eden Park surface, the All Blacks played their energetic, high-tempo game to near perfection for a six-try thumping.

For the bulk of the night, the Wallabies' performance was in stark contrast as they struggled to cope with the heat from the world champions.

Even two late tries to Israel Folau and Michael Hooper, again Australia's best, couldn't bring a hint of respectability to the scoreline.

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