All Blacks 37-20 Australia: Beauden Barrett stars with 17-point show

New Zealand 37-20 Australia: Beauden Barrett stars with 17-point show as All Blacks seal dominant whitewash over Wallabies in final Bledisloe Cup Test

  • Liam Squire and Kieran Read both touched down for New Zealand to give them a commanding 17-3 lead 
  • Sefa Naivalu scores important try for the Wallabies on the stroke of half-time to give them some level of hope
  • Beauden Barrett puts paid to Australia’s comeback hopes with impressive 35-yard run for All Blacks’ third try
  • Ben Smith and Rieko Ioane added two more scores for New Zealand but Israel Folau try kept score respectable

New Zealand threw an imposing gauntlet down for next year’s World Cup as they outclassed a sorry Australia to seal a 3-0 whitewash in the Bledisloe Cup Test match series.

Australia went into the final match hoping to gain some sort of momentum and appeared close to doing so when a late Sefa Naivalu try took them into the half-time break with a slim deficit at 17-10.

Having then got to 17-13 thanks to a converted penalty from Bernard Foley, New Zealand churned through the gears to run away with the match.

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Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks celebrates scoring the team's third try to put them on their way to beating Australia

Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks celebrates scoring the team’s third try to put them on their way to beating Australia

The fly-half completed an impressive 35-yard breakaway run to put New Zealand two scores ahead late in the second half

New Zealand's fly half Barrett also displayed some superb kicking to keep Australia at bay during Saturday's Test match

New Zealand’s fly half Barrett also displayed some superb kicking to keep Australia at bay during Saturday’s Test match

The All Blacks perform the haka ahead of the Bledisloe Cup Test match against the Australian Wallabies at Nissan Stadium

The All Blacks perform the haka ahead of the Bledisloe Cup Test match against the Australian Wallabies at Nissan Stadium

MATCH FACTS 

NEW ZEALAND: McKenzie, B. Smith, Crotty, Williams, Ioane, B. Barrett, Perenara, Moody, Taylor, Franks, Whitelock, S. Barrett, Squire, Savea, Read.

Replacements: Harris, Tuinukuafe, Laulala, Retallick, Todd, A. Smith, Mo’unga, Liernert-Brown.

Tries: Squire, Read, B. Barrett, B. Smith, Ioane.

Conversions: B. Barrett (3).

Penalties: B. Barrett (2).

AUSTRALIA: Haylett-Petty, Naivalu, Folau, Beale, Koroibete, Foley, Genia, Sio, Fainga’a, Alaalatoa, Rodda, Simmons, Hanigan, Hooper, Pocock.

Replacements: Latu, Kepu, Tupou, Arnold, Dempsey, Phipps, Kerevi, Banks.

Tries: Naivalu, Folau.

Conversions: Foley (2).

Penalties: Beale.

Yellow cards: Latu 67.

The Australia team line up and watch the intimidating war dance with respect as they prepare for Saturday's Test match

The Australia team line up and watch the intimidating war dance with respect as they prepare for Saturday’s Test match

All Blacks captain Kieran Read leads his team through the routine as they attempt to intimidate their great sporting rivals

All Blacks captain Kieran Read leads his team through the routine as they attempt to intimidate their great sporting rivals

New Zealand's Liam Squire crosses for his team's first try against Australia during their Bledisloe Cup match in Japan

New Zealand’s Liam Squire crosses for his team’s first try against Australia during their Bledisloe Cup match in Japan

New Zealand captain Read leads by example as he touches down for his team's second try to give them a commanding lead

New Zealand captain Read leads by example as he touches down for his team’s second try to give them a commanding lead

Sefa Naivalu of Australia touches down to get them back into the match as New Zealand's Barrett fails in his attempts to stop it

Sefa Naivalu of Australia touches down to get them back into the match as New Zealand’s Barrett fails in his attempts to stop it

Australia's wing Naivalu celebrates with his team-mate Marika Koroibete after scoring a try to get them back into the match

Australia’s wing Naivalu celebrates with his team-mate Marika Koroibete after scoring a try to get them back into the match

Barrett of the All Blacks makes a break with the ball to score their third try and put paid to Australia's chances of a comeback

Barrett of the All Blacks makes a break with the ball to score their third try and put paid to Australia’s chances of a comeback

Tolu Latu (right) of the Wallabies leaves the field after receiving a yellow card during the Bledisloe Cup Test match

Tolu Latu (right) of the Wallabies leaves the field after receiving a yellow card during the Bledisloe Cup Test match

Ben Smith of the All Blacks scores their fourth try to all but end the match at Nissan Stadium in Japan on Saturday morning

Ben Smith of the All Blacks scores their fourth try to all but end the match at Nissan Stadium in Japan on Saturday morning

Israel Folau made the scoreline somewhat respectable with a late consolation try but it was not the end of the Test's scoring

Israel Folau made the scoreline somewhat respectable with a late consolation try but it was not the end of the Test’s scoring

Rieko Ioane of the All Blacks goes past Damian McKenzie on his way to scoring the final try of the Test match on Saturday

Rieko Ioane of the All Blacks goes past Damian McKenzie on his way to scoring the final try of the Test match on Saturday

A general view prior to the Bledisloe Cup Test match between New Zealand and Australia at Nissan Stadium, Kanagawa, Japan

A general view prior to the Bledisloe Cup Test match between New Zealand and Australia at Nissan Stadium, Kanagawa, Japan

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