Sports

Highlights from Wallabies vs All Blacks First Bledisloe Cup Test

Highlights from Wallabies vs All Blacks First Bledisloe Cup Test

The Wallabies face the All Blacks in Dunedin again next week and on this evidence their prospects of winning the remaining two Bledisloe Cup Tests to reclaim the trophy for the first time since 2002 must be rated as extremely remote.

"Defence has been an issue", quipped Wallabies coach Michael Cheika at half-time in what was one of the understatements of the year.

"That first part of the game is not the level that you can be at, not in any game, let alone a game against them [New Zealand]".

Israel Folau crossed for Australia's fourth try 11 minutes from the end.

Consolation: Kurtley Beale scores on his return to the Australian team.

Kaino, who had been rested from the Sydney test, was sent home on Saturday to deal with a "personal issue", New Zealand Rugby said in a statement.

The New Zealand Herald reported on Saturday there were with fresh revelations suggesting the All Blacks management knew Smith's behaviour was not a one-off.

Bernard Foley, the Australia fly-half preparing to take on New Zealand in Sydney this weekend, is understandably not a fan of that perception.

Through the gap: Sonny Bill Williams steps through a tackle by Sean McMahon on a night of leaky defences. The All Blacks scored the first eight tries of the match, ebefore the Wallabies countered with a flurry of points.

Crotty still had time before the interval to claim his second after more poor tackling in the Wallabies midfield to give the visitors a 40-6 lead at the break.

Halep, Muruguza Advance at Rain-Hit WTA Cincinnati Thursday
The tournament's No. 4 seed beat American Madison Keys 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) to extend her successful summer. Barty took down Venus Williams but the Australian was stopped in her tracks by Wozniacki.

Mr Reliable: Ryan Crotty joins the party at ANZ Stadium.

The final scoreline was ultimately kind to Australia however, given that New Zealand led with a scoreline of 54-6 early in the second half.

The news comes just days after NZR re-opened its investigation into All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith's airport "toilet tryst" scandal.

Coach Steve Hansen's mind, however, would have been in two places hours before kick-off after it emerged New Zealand's team manager Darren Shand told police he believed Cheika was responsible for bugging the team's hotel a year ago. Instead, they compounded the impression that the sport in Australia is in disarray. "It's not often you come here and put 50 points on the Wallabies".

But the defense was nowhere to be seen as New Zealand sliced through Australia easily in the first half.

Rona scored a good try from a set move at a scrum in the 52nd minute to lift Australian spirits.

Attack-wise, there were things to like.

Beale pounced on a loose ball and dashed away in the 62nd minute, then Folau scored a contentious try, which appeared to begin from a forward pass by Foley.

The 34 points the Wallabies racked up was actually the second-most against the All Blacks.


  • Stoke vs. Arsenal: Highlights and recap

    Even with him I think they are still a couple of players short of being genuine contenders, but without him they are miles off. Arsenal will be hoping that Lacazette shines again and helps them register back-to-back wins in the Premier League .
    One Canadian Killed, Four Others Injured in Barcelona Attack - Trudeau

    One Canadian Killed, Four Others Injured in Barcelona Attack - Trudeau

    Video from social media that was shown American cable news appears to show multiple bodies, including that of a young child. Police killed five terrorists in Cambrils after their speeding van overturned on a busy street.
    Conte calls for patience in pursuit of long-term Chelsea success

    Conte calls for patience in pursuit of long-term Chelsea success

    And, ahead of Saturday's trip to Swansea , Mourinho suggested Chelsea remain title favourites. Sometimes you can win but you are not building something positive for your future.
  • South Korea's Moon: There Will Be No War On Korean Peninsula

    South Korea's Moon: There Will Be No War On Korean Peninsula

    Tensions rose after North Korea fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in July. Pyongyang has threatened to fire missiles towards the Pacific island of Guam and U.S.
    Swine Flu Death Toll Reaches 230, Gujarat Seeks Central Aid

    Swine Flu Death Toll Reaches 230, Gujarat Seeks Central Aid

    So far, no infection was found to health staff or officials who are treating the H1N1 patients, the ministry's statement said. Out of them, 959 were cured, 1,299 are still undergoing treatment while 242 have died, the bulletin said.
    Hezbollah, Syrian Military attack ISIS

    Hezbollah, Syrian Military attack ISIS

    The cross-border battle was anticipated after the defeat of Nusra in the border areas in both Syria and Lebanon. They are armed with guided rockets, anti-armor rockets, mortars, and other heavy, medium, and light weaponry.
  • Game Of Thrones episode accidentally leaked by HBO subsidiaries

    Game Of Thrones episode accidentally leaked by HBO subsidiaries

    Four individuals employed by Star India who had access to the files prior to release were arrested as a result of that leak. Europe announced that Episode 6 of this season was inadvertantly posted on the HBO Nordic and HBO EspaƱa platforms.
    Utkal Express derails in Uttar Pradesh

    Utkal Express derails in Uttar Pradesh

    Local administration officials have rushed to the spot, and the railway officials are fearing casualties to go further up. Adityanath has directed two of his ministers to reach the site to expedite rescue and relief operations.
    Barcelona aftermath: Family searching for 7-year-old missing in chaos

    Barcelona aftermath: Family searching for 7-year-old missing in chaos

    There are no reports any Australians were caught up in two connected attacks in the Spanish towns of Cambrils and Alcanar, both south of Barcelona .
  • Dodgers Land Mets Slugger Curtis Granderson

    Dodgers Land Mets Slugger Curtis Granderson

    The three-time All-Star (2009, '11, '12) and 2011 Silver Slugger also won the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award for his community work. Granderson thanked the Mets organization and praised his teammates for the wonderful four years with the team.
    Under Armour CEO Quits President Trump's Manufacturing Council

    Under Armour CEO Quits President Trump's Manufacturing Council

    Facing mounting pressure, Trump denounced the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists hours later as "repugnant". But as criticism of Trump's commentary on the situation mounted, he quit too.
    US, Japan Agree to Boost Defenses Against North Korea

    US, Japan Agree to Boost Defenses Against North Korea

    Tillerson said the North Korean regime should engage in diplomatic talks to bring better results, unlike in the past. Alongside the United States, Pyongyang views its neighbors South Korea and Japan as its two other main enemies.