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80 Full-time and the Bledisloe Cup will remain in New Zealand for another year. Australia have been held scoreless here as the All Blacks shut them out with a solid display. Comfortable is one word to describe this win as Sonny Bill exits for Japan with a victory.
79 Carter should have held on there instead of passing as he ended up over the whitewash. It won't hurt too much though as he picks himself up and takes a look at the scoreboard. One fears for Deans after this result as the knives sharpen in Australia.
77 25 offloads to 2 in favour of New Zealand. I wonder how many of those were from you know who? He may have the final say here as Cruden and Smith combine to get the All Blacks within 20 metres. Now here comes Sonny Bill, running hard and straight.
75 Handling errors say New Zealand have made 14 to Australia's 4. You wouldn't know it. Australian ball on their ten-metre but that man Ben Smith steals it soon after. Good cameo from the Highlanders man, who would walk into any other international XV.
72 Ah, here comes Cruden for Dagg for his first minutes of the Rugby Championship this year. Ben Smith drops to full-back and immediately makes a scything break down the right wing. He is such a quality player who will fill in for Sonny Bill Williams well.
71 Brilliant from Carter as he pinches the ball in contact from Wallaby lock Timani. New Zealand are looking for their second try of the night now as Sonny Bill and Ben Smith combine to get their side within inches of the line. They are a class above here tonight.
69 Nothing doing for the Wallabies as Moore offends at the breakdown, which leads to Carter clearing his lines. So just Aaron Cruden remains on the home bench.
66 On come Weepu and Vito for the closing stages as the All Blacks look to put the seal on this game, making it two wins from two. Australia have a penalty though right now from 45 metres out, which of course goes to touch. Three points won't do right now.
63 TMO time as Read reaches out...but he lost the ball when going for the whitewash so we stay at 22-0 for now. Back go the Kiwis to halfway but they still have it.
60 What a talent Dagg is? He has just risen to claim a chip from Cooper and then set off before kicking over the top himself. Genia did well to get there first ahead of the full-back though but it will be New Zealand with the scrum soon after from about 30 metres out.
58 That is smart from Steve Hansen as he sends on Ben Smith for Nonu, preparing him for Rugby Championship Round 3 when Williams has left the Test scene.
55 Australia are more tapping and not banging on the door right now until Barnes almost goes over on the left wing. What a tackle that was from Read and then wing Jane pinches it before the clearance. Here comes Liam Gill for blindside flank Dave Dennis.
53 Australia have a kickable penalty but they opt for the corner. They have a great platform from about five metres out as they look to get over here. Big moment.
50 CARTER PENALTY! 22-0! It gets even worse for the Wallabies.
45 CARTER CONVERSION! 19-0! Easy does it for Carter from bang in front and the All Blacks hold a commanding lead now - the Wallabies (just like last week) now have a mountain to climb. Some points on the scoreboard would be a start.
44 DAGG TRY! 17-0! Nice burst and offload from SBW to Carter sees the fly-half break off two would-be tacklers before he's eventually dragged down. Now Cory Jane takes it up further before linking with Sonny Bill Williams again who has a dart for the line. Quick hands from Aaron Smith to Dagg... and he's over! First try last week, first try this week.
42 CARTER PENALTY! 12-0! Carter's fifth attempt is some distance away - nearly 48m out. But the NZ pivot has struck is superbly and raises the flags once again. Super start to the second half for the hosts.
Second half Welcome back! The All Blacks could start the second half in the same fashion they ended the first forty as Carter lines up a kick at goal after Australia's forwards were deemed off-sides following a Barnes up-and-under.
40 That is that then for the first-half at Eden Park in Auckland. 9-0 to the All Blacks it is with three penalties from Carter on the board. It has been a good first 40 minutes and more is expected in the second. See you in a few for the resumption of Bledisloe Two.
39 CARTER PENALTY! 9-0! Easy enough for the pivot.
37 New Zealand are just six metres out with Mealamu taking it up as the half draws to a close. And here comes the penalty with Alexander and Hooper caught offside.
34 The fourteen Australians have pinched it but not for long as Dagg returns with interest. The All Blacks will look to finish the half with a flourish here as Smith grubbers...just over the try-line so Cooper dots down. That was an anxious wait for QC.
30 CARTER PENALTY! 6-0! The lead is doubled by DC.
29 GENIA YELLOW! 70 per cent of the territory has been with the All Blacks here but they are just inside their own half at the moment as Crockett carries it up. There is no doubt the Wallabies have improved from last weekend but things are about to get a whole lot tougher now as captain Genia is sent to the sin-bin for a professional foul.
26 CARTER PENALTY! 3-0! First points are on the board.
25 The All Blacks are coming. Jane makes the initial bust into the 22 before Williams is hammered hard, which leads to Carter having to start things again from 40 metres out now. It pays off though as the Wallabies fail to roll away at the breakdown. Kick to come.
22 Spot on from referee Nigel Owens as he spots McCaw coming onto the Australian side of the ruck. We are now back close to halfway (New Zealand territory) with the Wallabies in possession. I've definitely seen a lot worse 0-0's...a very good 22 minutes.
19 Excellent from Mitchell in his in-goal area. Messam was over the line but the wing was underneath him and pinched the ball in the process. Net result, 22 drop-out.
17 First-phase ball for the Wallabies as Cooper finds Drew Mitchell coming off his wing...but that is good reading of the play by Nonu, who brings him to ground and ultimately forces the turnover. Now, here come the All Blacks as they set up a line-out 18 metres out.
15 Well done Hooper. The openside flank has just pinched the ball at the breakdown to allow his side to carry the ball up to the All Black ten-metre. However, they are getting driven back in the aftermath as the home defence stands up well in midfield.
11 Classic SBW. He received the ball a metre before two defenders and took them out easily with an offload. It then came wide to Dagg but that was a great tackle by Ashley-Cooper to help save his side in the left corner, three metres out. Still it's 0-0.
8 And now the Wallabies go off their feet after an error in judgment by Adam Ashley-Cooper. Up steps Carter from close to halfway... he pushes this to the right.
6 This is good physical stuff from Australia early on as they go through the phases in close quarters. Will Genia is in no hurry... but one of his forwards (I think it was Timani) goes off his feet. That is the end of that passage then as the All Blacks come away.
3 Well, his first touch will be kicking for touch from a scrum penalty. Stephen Moore carries it on from the line-out before Hooper adds his speed to the attack on the 22.
Kick-off Here we go at Eden Park! Dan Carter goes down the middle and it has been knocked on by Richie McCaw as he attempted to reclaim possession. Scrum Wallabies with a first touch for Quade Cooper set to come. Let's see how the crowds takes to him.
Form The Wallabies have not won here for 26 years so today is a big ask from them, with the prospect of being without the Bledisloe Cup for another year also hanging over their head. Michael Hooper makes his starting debut here today so watch him go.
Form The All Blacks appeared rusty, but in control in Sydney, and wasted several chances to blow out the scoreline with handling errors and poor option taking. That means they will look to improve significantly come kick-off - a worrying thought if you're Australian.
Welcome! Hello from Auckland for this Bledisloe Cup/Rugby Championship clash between New Zealand and Australia! Greater upsets in sport have occurred than that which could be claimed were the Wallabies to do the business to shrug off their Eden Park curse.
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