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Week 2 of the 2018 Rugby Championship: New Zealand v Australia at Eden Park Review

Welcome to Week 2 of the 2018 Rugby Championship as Australia head to face off New Zealand this time in Eden Park, Auckland.

Australia lost Game 1 against them last week at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, 38-13.

With only one match to keep their Bledisloe Cup hopes alive, will they finally break the extended 32-year drought loss at Eden Park?

Or Will the All Blacks wrap up with another win tonight & keep the Wallabies quiet to 18 straight years without the big prize?

1st Half

It’s been a try-less fest between the two sides within the first 12 minute.

Beauden Barrett has broken that deadlock with the All Blacks’ first five-point score.

Plenty of flat passes and incredible timing has shown plenty of patience as to how B. Barrett got one home.

Speaking about quick timing, he just quickly converted straight to the goalposts straightaway for two more points.

SCORE: New Zealand 7-0 Australia

Australia came close at one point before a couple of scrum collapses by the opposition has soothed one back.

Then Scrum-Half Will Genia finally got through at the fifth time of scrummaging before scoring a try by himself.

It took a bit quicker to make Genia run around as the All Blacks’ defense aren’t alert enough to stop the Wallabies No.9.

With ten minutes to go towards the break, Bernard Foley added the two extra points for goal.

SCORE: New Zealand 7-7 Australia

However, the All Blacks this time were quick enough to add another try thanks to Beauden Barrett.

Ben Smith & Jack Goodhue were the back row midfield room that helped B.Barrett scored the 2nd try.

Spreading out wide the attacking way has seen B.Barrett cross the line with another five points.

And again with another two via the successful conversion.

The All Blacks lead the Wallabies by seven points at Half-Time, 14-7.

2nd Half

The rest of the Wallabies squad couldn’t help what Michael Hooper and David Pocock tried to do.

12 to 13 solid phases that the All Blacks built when Sam Cane was inches away from reaching the try line.

Okay, the Wallabies held him short.

But for them, there’s too much pressure involved with not much pace seen some help from Jordie Barrett via the Aaron Smith pass to Joe Moody.

The Wallabies provided too many gaps in the defense without any alert to stop Joe Moody.

Instead, the All Blacks midfield spread their formation and found the inside ball straight on the run home.

SCORE: New Zealand 21-7 Australia

The All Blacks set piece just looked too good.

Two forwards Brodie Retallick and Liam Squire got the job done against the Wallabies’ entire quantity of defenders.

With the help of Beauden Barrett, it allowed Retallick and Squire to play together before Squire smoothly ran home.

And speaking about B. Barrett’s playmaking ability, he converted tries into kicks correctly for more points.

SCORE: New Zealand 28-7 Australia

Fantastic work played from Scrum-Half Will Genia.

He isn’t afraid to run around creating that set piece first to Benard Foley.

Foley looked like he ran out of puff only meters away from home before Reece Hodge gets the job done.

It creates momentum allowing Genia to call two of his back rowers & add pace to the Wallabies’ 2nd five-point score.

SCORE: New Zealand 28-12 Australia

Michael Hooper & Sekope Kepu didn’t know what he was doing to help protect the Wallabies defense.

Kepu tried to arrest Barrett but didn’t know where the ball went.

It turned out to be a big mistake as it’s too good for Beauden Barrett in securing his hat-trick try.

PoorJack Maddocks in trying his best and fall to the ground by not nailing down B. Barrett.

It’s not much help from his troops in conceding another five points.

And that particular number increases when Beauden Barrett made a successful conversion between the posts.

SCORE: New Zealand 35-12 Australia

Great cameo from Damian McKenzie & Anton Linert-Brown to help Ben Smith find his feet out wide.

Then B. Smith found a quick pass to B. Barrett as he cuts inside Marika Koroibete & scored his 4th try.

Although, his sixth conversion between the sticks didn’t go well inside for the goal.

But his 100% work ethic has delivered the All Blacks the Bledisloe Cup Series win 2-0.

FINAL SCORE: New Zealand 40-12 Australia

The Wallabies didn’t run around a lot apart from Will Genia thanks to the scrum and set pieces.

They need to help Genia out.

It’s how you run around and add more tries, penalties, and conversions.

And at times, the defense didn’t look a lot serious to arrest the All Blacks attack.

Slip-ups and gaps are failing to plug everywhere allowed Beauden Barrett to dominate everywhere across the field.

On the other hand, The All Blacks played well by retaining the Bledisloe Cup.

They ran around and spread their flexibility in the attack.

It gave the forwards like Liam Squire and Joe Moody the opportunity to nail a try.

That’s because the back rowers & Scrum-Half Aaron Smith have made superior clean outs.

The same goes to Beauden Barrett who played like an all-around playmaker:

  • Four Tries
  • Five Conversion Kicks

He gets better and keen to improve his game every year.

The Wallabies have to wait another year trying to win at least two games to get the Bledisloe Cup back to their hands.

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