New Zealand crush Australia overnight in Bledisloe Cup

New Zealand outclassed Australia at Eden Park to record a dominant 27-7 victory a week after the two sides couldn’t be separated.

The 16-16 draw in Wellington had sparked talk of a Wallabies revival amid accusations the All Blacks’ powers were waning.

But, while the inexperienced visitors improved their set-piece work from the previous week’s match, they had no answers for the breakdown dominance and pressure of the hosts, who opened the scoring through half-back Aaron Smith and went to the break leading 10-7.

New Zealand forged ahead in the second half, scoring two tries through Jordie Barrett and Ardie Savea in the first six minutes and giving the packed Eden Park crowd plenty to cheer about, including the powerful performance of young winger Caleb Clarke on his starting debut.

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The win saw the hosts move to 20 consecutive victories against Australia in Auckland as New Zealand captain Sam Cane grabbed the final try to polish things off.

New Australia coach Dave Rennie will rue the inaccuracy of his side, who had more than double New Zealand’s 19 missed tackles.

The sides meet again in Sydney on October 31.

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