1 Aug 2010

All Blacks beat Australia 49-28

3:08 pm on 1 August 2010

The All Blacks are on track for a fifth Tri-Nations title in six years after their emphatic 49-28 win over Australia in Melbourne.

The All Blacks notched up four tries and a 32-14 lead in the first half, securing a bonus point before the break.

They added three tries in the second half to get their third win from three games in the tournament.

Drew Mitchell scored an early try for the Wallabies, but was sent off after earning his second yellow card two minutes after the break, leaving Australia with 14 players for most of the second half.

Fullback Mils Muliaina scored a try in each half for the All Blacks, while Dan Carter collected 19 points, including a try, four conversions and two penalties.

The All Blacks lost prop Owen Franks to a yellow card in the 24th minute.

All Blacks first five Dan Carter said the Wallabies played with a lot of pride and managed to put pressure on the New Zealanders' defensive area despite having only 14 players.

Mitchell escapes further penalty

Wallabies' winger Drew Mitchell has escaped further sanction after being sent off in the Tri-Nations thrashing by the All Blacks.

Mitchell had to front a judiciary hearing on Sunday after referee Craig Joubert sent him off in the 43rd minute for his second yellow card offence.

However SANZAR's judicial officer Peter Ingwersen decided missing almost half the match was penalty enough.