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One of the biggest issues that has haunted the Wallabies and will continue to do so is their lack of quality and depth at #10.

Looking at the top fly halves around the world at the moment where would he be ranked?

Barrett is better. On club form Mo’unga is better. Sexton is better. McKenzie is more dangerous in attack but also more of a risk and the same could be said of Finn Russell.

Folau-less Wallabies will struggle to fire a shot at Eden Park

Full Match Report
The All Blacks have beaten the Wallabies by a good margin, 38-13, in the opening game of the Rugby Championship and take a 1-0 lead in the Bledisloe. It’s a cliche as old as sport itself but it really was a game of two halves – one the Wallabies will be encouraged by and one that they will pay specialists to help them forget.

That first half was both impressive and frustrating for fans as both sides put in great defensive performances but struggled to find rhythm with ball in hand.

As usual there will be discussion about how the All Blacks get the benefit of the doubt with the referees. Early in the match Waisake Naholo could easily have been shown a yellow for a tip tackle on Israel Folau but Jaco Peyper decided not to ask the TMO and felt that a penalty was enough.

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Full Time
80‘ – The All Blacks have beaten the Wallabies by a good margin, 38-13, in the opening game of the Rugby Championship and take a 1-0 lead in the Bledisloe.

The Wallabies would have started that second half with real hope that they could grind out a win here but in the end they got blown away as they went on and won the second half 35-7.

Where the Aussie defence was ruthless and organised in the first half it began to tire almost straight away in the second half and the All Blacks found the rhythm their were lacking in the first 40 minutes.

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80‘ – Wallabies line out fails again – that’s 7 of their own throws that they’ve lost.

The ABs will have the chance to end the game here and although Barrett looks to kick wide to Naholo for one last chance the big winger takes it into touch as he gathers the ball and the ref blows the whistle.

That was a crazy second half.

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78‘ – Wallabies win the scrum but then lose the ball and the ABs counter again.

Naholo gets it out wide and steps out of a tackle and is away.

ABs are now deep inside the Wallabies half but the Aussies do well at the breakdown and look to counter.

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77‘ – Wallabies restart again and ABs have it.

Just 3 minutes left.

Wallabies earn a turnover at the ruck though and they will have a scrum about 25m out from the ABs line.

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Conversion
76‘ – Barrett slots this one and that’s a big lead now.

Australia: 13
New Zealand: 38

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Try
75‘ – Naholo has his second try for tonight!

Gaps appearing in the Wallabies defence and the passing has tightened up a lot from the ABs. They get it out wide and Nahlolo is able to dance through one gap and then out pace a couple of defenders to score.

That all came from another poor set piece from the Aussies.

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74‘ – 6 minutes to go and the ABs manage to gather the short kick off – strange we didn’t see any of those short re starts when Folau was on the field.

Wallabies lose another line out and the ABs have the ball on the Aussie 10m line.

Australia: 13
New Zealand: 31

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73‘ – Barrett misses the conversion but that’s surely the game.

Australia: 13
New Zealand: 31

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Try
72‘ – TMO is reviewing…………TRY!

Naholo has another to his name and the Wallabies are broken hearted. They are furious about how the All Blacks stole the ball at the recent maul and then that really looked very tight with that TMO call.

Australia: 13
New Zealand: 31

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72‘ – Oh this could be another try!

A great kick ahead from Barrett finds space behind the Wallabies and Naholo has run on to it and scored but was the big winger behind the kicker???

Australia: 13
New Zealand: 26

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72‘ – Wallabies keep working hard and looking for a gap but a loose pass from Beale is taken by Goodhue and the ABs have a chance.

Australia: 13
New Zealand: 26

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72‘ – ABs kick ahead and Maddocks gathers for the home side.

They have the ball and up just inside their own half.

Australia: 13
New Zealand: 26

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71‘ – Wallabies line out works this time and they have it.

Maul doesn’t go anywhere so they look to use it.

But the All Blacks have come through the middle and stolen the ball!

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Penalty
70‘ – Wallabies scrum holds up and even earns a penalty.

What will they do? 10 minutes to go?

They go for touch

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69‘ – ABs throw not straight!

Could this be the chance the Wallabies need?

Australia: 13
New Zealand: 26

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68‘ – Wallabies know they need to strike again quickly.

They are forcing the ABs back with a good kick to touch and the Kiwis will have to throw in inside their own 22.

Australia: 13
New Zealand: 26

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Conversion
67‘ – Foley gets the conversion – we’ve got 13 minutes left and it’s a 13 point game.

Australia: 13
New Zealand: 26

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Try
67‘ – Maddocks has scored his first international try on debut as he finishes a great counter attack!

Is there still time for a great come back?

Australia: 11
New Zealand: 26

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67‘ – Uh oh – this could turn nasty!

The All Blacks are beginning to find space and their runners are beginning to tear the Wallabies up a bit.

The ABs are up into the Wallabies 22 and this could be another score!

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Conversion
62‘ – Barrett has another conversion and that’s 26 unanswered points from the ABs.

Australia: 6
New Zealand: 26

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Try
62‘ – Oh that’s nice – Brodie Retallick has got the ball out wide, drawn Foley nicely, given the dummy and is clear and through to the line.

That was a nicely worked try from the All Blacks.

To make matters worse for the Wallabies Folau is hobbling from the field and looks like he’s gone for the night.

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62‘ – Good attack from the Wallabies – Hodge has broken the line and the Wallabies looking good as it goes through the hands to Foley and Hooper.

But then the ABs get the ball back and are countering – this looks dangerous.

Barrett has been put into a gap and his pace takes him away from tiring defenders and their could be trouble here.

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60‘ – Good kick from Foley – tight angle but he’s got the Wallabies up to half way almost.

But again the Wallabies lose the line out and the ABs go wide to Naholo again.

Australia: 6
New Zealand: 19

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