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23rd Aug 2014 10:05am | By Editor
New Zealand have reasserted their dominance over Australia with a convincing 51-20 win over the Wallabies in their second Rugby Championship clash which sees them keep the Bledisloe Cup in their grasp.
A late charge from the Aussies was too little too late as the World Champions put the disappointment of last week's 12-12 draw behind them.
The Wallabies took an unchanged side into the return fixture at Eden Park, a ground at which they hadn't won since 1986.
But the All Blacks simply went up a gear and showed their true class in their six tries to two victory.
Ewen McKenzie's side had no answers as the Richie McCaw-led forward pack brought momentum to get their speedsters quick and clean ball that was absent last week.
The pressure forced a string of errors that a team cannot afford against the All Blacks.
But it didn't start all in their favour. Early penalties were exchanged before captain McCaw was sent to the sin bin in the 13th minute with the penalty presenting the Wallabies a golden chance to take control at 6-6.
But the hosts picked up their game even a man down and led 9-6 when their talisman returned to the field.
Their first try came via the referee's whistle with a penalty five-pointer awarded after an attempted pushover on 28 minutes.
A turnover put Aaron Cruden and Julian Savea into space and they took off on a 90m breakaway finished off by the winger that gave a 23-6 lead at the break.
Wallabies captain Michael Hooper was inspirational but couldn't do it on his own as the All Blacks ran in tries to Kieran Read and two to McCaw, and Cruden on target to convert, to take an unasailable 44-6 lead.
To their credit, the Aussies didn't go away. Hooper scored a solo try with 11 minutes on the clock and Israel Folau crossed soon after.
But the All Blacks didn't switch off and reached the half-century through Steve Luatua with a minute to go.
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