All Blacks captain Richie McCaw was immense as the All Blacks crushed the Wallabies in Sydney.
The All Blacks won 47-29 after leading 25-19 at halftime.
The victors scored six tries to two but Australia’s first try came from a runaway Will Genia try and the second was scored after the hooter.
This was a crushing victory for the All Blacks who were superior in every facet, even if superior didn’t mean they produced the perfect performance.
The All Blacks lost six of their own lineouts and were penalised several times at the breakdown and twice for not putting the ball into the scrum straight.
Despite all this they still were in another class when compared to Ewen McKenzie’s Wallabies.
The British and Irish Lions ended Robbie Deans’s tenure as Wallabies coach when they hammered the Australians 41-16 in Sydney.
This result put the Lions performance into context as the All Blacks were even more dominant than the Lions series victors.
McCaw, starting a first class match for the first time this season after a six-month sabbatical, played as if he had never left the international arena.
McCaw’s only first class rugby was 28 minutes as a late substitute in the last two Crusaders Super Rugby matches, but he played with the authority of a 117 Test veteran.
He was busy in the opening quarter but initially inaccurate with his timing at the breakdown. That was about the only blemish on a night when the All Blacks captain became the first All Blacks forward to score 20 Test tries, which translates to 100 points.
He also now holds the record for tries in Tests between the Wallabies and All Blacks, breaking David Campese’s trans-Tasman’s rivalry.
Ben Smith scored a hattrick for the All Blacks, centres Conrad Smith and Ma’a Nonu were outstanding and halfbacks Aaron Smith and Aaron Cruden controlled the game.
Steven Leatua also impressed with his physicality and work rate in his first start for the All Blacks.
Wallabies – Tries: Will Genia, James O’Connor. Conversions: Christian Leali’ifano (2). Penalties: Leali’ifano (5).
All Blacks – Tries: Ben Smith (3), Aaron Cruden, Richie McCaw, Conrad Smith. Conversions: Cruden (3), Beauden Barrett. Penalties: Cruden (3).
Wallabies – 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Christian Leali’ifano, 11 James O’Connor, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Hugh McMeniman, 5 James Horwill (c), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper.
Subs: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Scott Fardy, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Nic White, 22 Quade Cooper, 23 Tevita Kuridrani.
All Blacks – 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Subs - 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Brodie Retallick, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Ryan Crotty.