New Zealand out to prove a point on and off field

Michael Hooper at Wallabies captain's run on Friday
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20 August, 2017

The Wallabies take on the All Blacks at 10 tonight in the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship opener while South Africa take on Argentina at 3.05am tomorrow.

A string of errors in both defence and attack put the Wallabies in a hard position in the first half, which the clinical New Zealanders used to score six unanswered tries to take a 40-6 lead into the break.

Curtis Rona, Tevita Kuridrani, Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau all scored for the home side, with Foley converting all four to maintain a 100 per cent record from the tee, but it proved too little, too late as the Wallabies suffered a 20-point defeat in Sydney. We came here to play our game and it really came off.

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.

"And the last 30 was probably some of the ugliest rugby", said a smiling Hansen in his post-match news conference.

After 15 years of losing Bledisloe series, Wallabies captain Michael Hooper says there's nothing wrong with focusing on winning the trophy.

NZR said it could not comment on the allegations about Kaino nor new details which have emerged this week about scrum-half Aaron Smith's tryst in an airport bathroom a year ago.

After stone pelting in Ladakh, India-China to hold flag meet
The skirmish in Ladakh comes at a time when India and China are locked in a face-off in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector. After being stopped, the Chinese side began pelting stones, to which the Indian side responded in the same fashion.

From then on, however, it was one-way traffic in the first half with quick hands down the line sending Squire over in the 10th minute and the three-try burst from the 18th minute silencing what noise was coming from the home supporters.

It was more of the same after the restart with fullback McKenzie, playing his third test, getting reward for his thrilling running and winger Ben Smith giving the All Blacks a 54-6 lead after 48 minutes.

While the Wallabies added some respectability to the final score after trailing 54-6 with four tries in the final half-hour the contest was well and truly over after the first 50 minutes.

McKenzie was again instrumental in Ioane's first try, leaving the winger in an easy one-on-one with Folau.

"The Wallabies were certainly going to come out firing in that second half".

Bernard Foley kicked the Wallabies to trail by a point with a 17th-minute penalty after the All Blacks scrum was penalised.

Barrett's conversion gave the All Blacks an impregnable 40-6 lead at half-time.


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