New Zealand big winners in Rugby Championship opener despite Australia fightback

Dunedin looks mission impossible for the Wallabies but Kurtley Beale insists Saturday's storming finish gave them a key

The All Blacks feasted on the Australians' feeble defence to run in eight tries, but allowed the Wallabies to score four late tries after leading 54-6 and with a record winning margin beckoning.

The hosts then scored four unanswered tries after the break to restore a level of pride to the scoreline, but an experimental Australian pack still went down to a heavy loss.

It helped ease the Wallabies' blushes a little.

But nearly right off the restart the All Blacks showed their attacking skills with the Wallabies unable to make their tackles allowing them easy open space. "With adherence to the way we want to defend, plus also the tackling in itself, it's got to be better".

Sonny Bill Williams is clear and it's mayhem in the Wallabies defence as the All Blacks raised a half-century in Sydney
MARK KOLBE GETTY IMAGES Sonny Bill Williams is clear and it's mayhem in the Wallabies defence as the All Blacks raised a half-century in Sydney

It has been a testing week for the visitors, after their governing body announced it would investigate claims Aaron Smith misled a disciplinary case past year, while the security guard at the heart of the "bug-gate" scandal - where it was alleged a listening device was found at the All Blacks' hotel prior to facing Australia in Sydney 12 months ago - was cleared of a charge of public mischief at a magistrate's court.

While Lynagh was part of a team that beat the All Blacks 22-9 at their Eden Park fortress in 1986 to win the Bledisloe Cup, the current side's prospects of wresting back the symbol of Australasian rugby supremacy look bleak.

If they play anything like they did in Sydney, that's not happening. We came here to play our game and it really came off.

Defence coach Nathan Grey is under serious pressure to fix things up quickly but another assistant in Larkham said the team had to have belief in the new structures they have implemented over the last month, even if they did concede the second highest number of points ever by an Australian team in 118 years.

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"As I said, there's no point us sitting here trying to talk about how he feels and if you're struggling with that, put yourself in his shoes and imagine what would be said and how you'd feel". "The boys are feeling it but obviously there's a lot of promise there that we can take from that second half".

An innocuous All Blacks attacking line somehow managed to bamboozle the Aussies and Liam Squire raced down the left sideline to score in the seventh minute. They walked away with a penalty and at the 17th minute it was 7-6.

Ioane skinned Folau to score in the left corner, before coming up in support of Crotty for a breakaway try after the centre had pulled off an interception.

Sonny Bill Williams crashed over in the 34th, then Crotty scored his second in the last minute of the first half. It was that certain.

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The midfield battle between Beale and Samu Kerevi, and Williams and Ryan Crotty could prove pivotal in deciding the outcome of Saturday's clash.

The Wallabies scored a third in the 60th minute though Beale when he picked up a dropped Kiwi pass and raced 50 metres before Folau added try in the 67th minute.

New Zealand's 40-point first half effort set up a 54-34 win over Australia in their Bledisloe Cup Investec Rugby Championship Test in Sydney but a flimsy third quarter dulled the lustre of the dominance the All Blacks had established.

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