New Zealand’s All Blacks put up a clinical perfomance that saw them surpass the 51 mark recorded in 2014 to beat Australia 54-34 in the Bledisloe Cup opener played in Sydney on Saturday 19 August 2017.
The hosts were the first off the blocks courtesy of Benard Foley’s penalty but All Blacks restored parity soon after as Liam Squire touched down with Beauden Barret converting to hand them a 7-3 lead.
Foley then drilled in his second penalty of the afternoon,taking the scores to 7-6 but Loane responded for All Blacks with an uncoverted try,taking the score to 12-6 in favour of All Blacks.
Soon afterwards the All Blacks were on a rollercoaster as Loane claimed his brace before they added a fourth try courtesy of Ryan Crotty to take a 26-7 advantage.
All Blacks were handed a penalty and opted for the lineout,a decision that paid off as Sonny Bill Williams touched down with Beauden Barret converting,the visitors leading 33-6.
Ryan Crotty touched down late in the half ensuring the visitors led 40-6 at the break.
The World champions would continue from where they left off as Damian McKenzie and Bensmith touched down to take the match to 54-6.
The Wallabies mounted a strong comeback scoring through Curtis Rona,Tevita Kuridrani and Kurtley beale to take the scores to 54-27 in All Blacks’ favour.
Soon afterwards they touched down once again courtesy of Israel Folau as the scores read 54-34 but that was not enough to put a smile on the home fan’s faces.