All Black sent home over affair allegations

New Zealand's inability to put away the British and Irish Lions in their drawn home series last month had raised doubts whether the All Blacks' era of dominance was on the wane.

But, in an ominous warning for the Wallabies ahead of next Saturday's return bout in Dunedin, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said: "We got seduced by the scoreboard" and "buttoned off mentally in second half".

It was played before the lowest Bledisloe Cup Test crowd at Sydney's Olympic stadium of 54,846.

New Zealand Rugby has confirmed Kaino, who was not part of the match-day squad, has returned home to deal with a personal matter following the publication of a story in the Australian media on Saturday morning. They'd also studied last year's opening loss to New Zealand, when they conceded 42 points and missed 38 tackles, and thought they sorted out that issue.

McKenzie went over for a score of his own early in the second half with Australia continuing to demonstrate alarming fragility in defence and when Beauden Barrett converted Ben Smith's 48th-minute try, the score read 54-6 in favour of the visitors.

The flanker was said to have met Tara Pokarier in hotels across Austalia and New Zealand even though he is married to Diana Breslin.

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.

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The world champions extinguished any chance of an upset with three tries in seven first-half minutes. At one point, the All Blacks led 54-6. Squire try, Ioane 2 tries, Crotty 2 tries, Bill-Williams try, McKenzie try, Smith try, Barrett (cons x4).

Debutant winger Curtis Rona finally scored Australia's first try after 52 minutes and further tries to replacement Tevita Kuridrani and a runaway from Kurtley Beale gave the home supporters something to cheer.

After Bernard Foley opened the scoring for the hosts from a penalty, their joy was short lived with a run of four tries in the opening 25 minutes.

There was a late flurry of action towards the end of the game as the Wallabies escaped a charged down Foley clearing kick as he got back to ground the ball simultaneously with Barrett and Israel Folau managed to find a bit of space before Ardie Savea turned the ball over as the final whistle went, much to the relief of Wallabies fans.

The All Blacks made a mockery of the threadbare Australian defence with a sixth try off a training ground move and a double to centre Crotty after a scrum win deep inside the Wallabies' territory.

The All Blacks continued their domination of the Wallabies and have lost only three of their last 30 encounters.

  • Regina Holmes