All Blacks' class gets them home after Wallabies' second half fight back in Bledisloe Cup opener

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The All Blacks defeated the Wallabies 54-34 in their opening Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney tonight, after a mixed second half performance which saw Australia fight their way back into the match.

FULLTIME - WALLABIES 34 ALL BLACKS 54

80 mins - WALLABIES 34 ALL BLACKS 54

PENALTY! The Wallabies are penalised for collapsing the scrum. Lima Sopoaga taps the ball and kicks the ball into touch.

77 mins - WALLABIES 34 ALL BLACKS 54

NO TRY! Beauden Barrett is denied a try after charging down a Bernard Foley kick. The TMO rules that both Foley and Barrett grounded the ball in the in-goal simultaneously. Scrum to the All Blacks from 5m out. 

69 mins - WALLABIES 34 ALL BLACKS 54

TRY! A wayward pass from Bernard Foley bounces off Tevita Kuridrani's thigh which Israel Folau pounces on. The Wallabies' fullback pins his ears back and races away to score Australia's fourth try.

Foley lands the conversion with ease.

Rieko Ioane makes the break past Samu Kerevi to run away to score
Bledisloe Cup Rugby Championship  match, Australia Wallabies vs New Zealand All Blacks, Sydney, Australia. Saturday 19 August 2017. Photo: Paul Seiser / www.photosport.co.nz

All Blacks winger Rieko Ioane makes a break past Wallabies' Samu Kerevi to run away to score.

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66 mins - WALLABIES 27 ALL BLACKS 54

HEAD KNOCK! The game has been stopped after Wyatt Crockett suffers a nasty head knock. He won't be taking part for the remainder of the match as he leaves the field.

62 mins - WALLABIES 27 ALL BLACKS 54

TRY! The comeback is on! Kurtley Beale pounces on an All Blacks mistake after Damian McKenzie's pass hits the ground. Beale races away to score the Wallabies third try.

Bernard Foley nails the conversion.

56 mins - WALLABIES 20 ALL BLACKS 54

TRY! Tevita Kuridrani goes over after a brilliant offload from Israel Folau off the ground.

Bernard Foley is successful with his conversion kick.

53 mins - WALLABIES 13 ALL BLACKS 54

TRY! Kiwi winger Curtis Rona dots over for the Wallabies, after running a great line off his teammate and scores the first try for the home side.

Liam Squire runs in to score
Bledisloe Cup Rugby Championship  match, Australia Wallabies vs New Zealand All Blacks, Sydney, Australia. Saturday 19 August 2017. Photo: Paul Seiser / www.photosport.co.nz

All Blacks' flanker Liam Squire runs in to score the opening try in the first Bledisloe Cup Test against the Wallabies in Sydney.

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Bernard Foley nails the conversion.

48 mins - WALLABIES 6 ALL BLACKS 54

TRY! After a brilliant break from Liam Squire down the right edge, Aaron Smith scoots out of the ruck with a little snipe and then finds his Highlanders teammate on the inside throwing a lovely inside ball. Ben Smith goes over for the All Blacks' eighth try of the match.

Beauden Barrett converts the try from in front.

43 mins - WALLABIES 6 ALL BLACKS 47

TRY! Damian McKenzie crosses over for his first Test try after a superb steal from Beauden Barrett who strips the pill out of Michael Hooper's hands. He then passes it to Rieko Ioane who then finds McKenzie on the left edge. McKenzie races away to score untouched down the left flank.

Beauden Barrett nails the conversion from out wide.

40 mins - WALLABIES 6 ALL BLACKS 40

And we are back! Beauden Barrett opts for a short kick-off, Wayne Barnes rules a double knock on and the Wallabies have a scrum just inside their own 40m line.

HALFTIME - WALLABIES 6 ALL BLACKS 40

40 mins - WALLABIES 6 ALL BLACKS 40

TRY! Ryan Crotty scores his second try of the match after an awesome skip pass from Aaron Smith from a scrum set piece move. The All Blacks are now running rampant.

Beauden Barrett nails the conversion.

35 mins - WALLABIES 6 ALL BLACKS 33

TRY! Sonny Bill Williams crashes over to after some good phases and running from the ABs forwards.

Beauden Barrett converts Williams' try.

33 mins - WALLABIES 6 ALL BLACKS 26

PENALTY! The All Blacks turn down another shot at goal - this time from easy range and opt for a line-out.

30 mins - WALLABIES 6 ALL BLACKS 26

Sonny Bill Williams makes an excellent break from inside his own half - bunting off a Wallabies player with ease, he links up with Damian McKenzie - but the Wallabies scramble back in time to stop the All Blacks from scoring a fifth try. The Wallabies now have a feed into the scrum after the referee rules McKenzie knocked the ball on.

25 mins - WALLABIES 6 ALL BLACKS 26

TRY! It's looking like a blow out as the All Blacks showcase some lovely offloading skills. Beauden Barrett turns provider for Ryan Crotty who crashes over for NZ's fourth try.

Barrett makes no mistake with the conversion.

21 mins - WALLABIES 6 ALL BLACKS 19

TRY! Ryan Crotty pounces on a Wallabies mistake as the ball hits the ground around halfway. He holds the ball up long enough for his teammate Rieko Ioane who looms on the outside in support. Crotty offloads for Ioane who runs away to score his second try under the posts.

Beauden Barrett lands the conversion from in front.

18 mins - WALLABIES 6 ALL BLACKS 12

Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock and Sam Cane.
New Zealand All Blacks v British and Irish Lions. 1st Rugby union test match. Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday 24 June 2017. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

All Blacks players Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock and Sam Cane.

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TRY! Rieko Ioane shows great speed and strength to score down the left edge. The All Blacks backline are causing the Wallabies' defence some trouble. Ioane does well to get on the outside of Israel Folau and dots down in the left hand corner for the All Blacks' second try.

Beauden Barrett misses the conversion from out wide.

17 mins - WALLABIES 6 ALL BLACKS 7

THREE! The All Blacks are penalised for pushing too early in the scrum and Bernard Foley makes NZ pay with a successful penalty kick.

14 mins - WALLABIES 3 ALL BLACKS 7

SCRUM - The Wallabies building some solid phases, running with purpose and making easy yards on attack. Just as it looked like the home side were going to score referee Wayne Barnes gets in the way and the Aussies now have an attacking scrum from 5m out.

10 mins - WALLABIES 3 ALL BLACKS 7

TRY! Liam Squire scores off a quick line-out and an initial break from Damian McKenzie and Ryan Crotty. The All Blacks click into gear with the players recognising the space and numbers out wide and Squire goes over for the first try of the match.

Beauden Barrett nails the conversion.

8 mins - WALLABIES 3 ALL BLACKS 0

PENALTY! Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper has been penalised going into the ruck off his feet. The All Blacks turn down a shot at goal and opt for a kick to touch.

3 mins - WALLABIES 3 ALL BLACKS 0

PENALTY! The All Blacks have been penalised for an infringement at the breakdown. Bernard Foley nails the penalty kick from in front.

What a start! The Wallabies choosing to run the ball - marching their way into the All Blacks' half with ease. A fast start from both teams - we are in for a thrilling game of Test rugby!

WALLABIES 0 ALL BLACKS 0 

KICK-OFF! Bernard Foley kicks things off for the Wallabies, the ball lands just outside the All Blacks' 22m line where Sam Whitelock fields the ball.

PRE-MATCH: 

The All Blacks look to right the wrongs of their drawn series against the Lions last month, as they take on a strong Aussie outfit who vow to give the New Zealand side a stern and tough battle tonight in Sydney.

Damian McKenzie has been named at fullback for the All Blacks, a rare start for the Chiefs live wire with Sonny Bill Williams slotting back in the number 12 jersey. He partners up with Ryan Crotty in the midfield.

Ben Smith reutrns to the side and starts on the right wing, after being left out of New Zealand's last two Tests with a head knock injury.

Rieko Ioane cements his spot on the left wing with the All Blacks' coaching staff naming Highlanders' enforcer Liam Squire at blindside flanker.

The match has been overshadowed by off-field scandals involving Aaron Smith and Jerome Kaino, and the hotel bugging trial of New Zealand's former security guard. 

All Blacks: 15. Damian McKenzie, 14. Ben Smith, 13. Ryan Crotty, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 11. Rieko Ioane, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Kieran Read (c), 7. Sam Cane, 6. Liam Squire, 5. Sam Whitelock, 4. Brodie Retallick, 3. Owen Franks, 2. Codie Taylor, 1. Joe Moody.

Reserves: 16. Nathan Harris, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19. Luke Romano, 20. Ardie Savea, 21. TJ Perenara, 22. Lima Sopoaga, 23. Anton Lienert-Brown

Wallabies: 15. Israel Folau, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Samu Kerevi, 12. Kurtley Beale, 11. Curtis Rona, 10. Bernard Foley, 9. Will Genia, 8. Sean McMahon, 7. Michael Hooper (c), 6. Ned Hanigan, 5. Adam Coleman, 4. Rory Arnold, 3. Allan Ala'alatoa, 2. Stephen Moore, 1. Scott Sio.

Reserves: 16. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17. Tom Robertson, 18. Sekope Kepu, 19. Rob Simmons, 20. Lopeti Timani, 21. Nick Phipps, 22. Reece Hodge, 23. Tevita Kuridrani.

WALLABIES 0 ALL BLACKS 0 
3 mins - WALLABIES 3 ALL BLACKS 0
35 mins - WALLABIES 6 ALL BLACKS 33
40 mins - WALLABIES 6 ALL BLACKS 40
62 mins - WALLABIES 27 ALL BLACKS 54
66 mins - WALLABIES 27 ALL BLACKS 54
77 mins - WALLABIES 34 ALL BLACKS 54

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