12 Sep 2010

All Blacks complete Tri-Nations sweep

5:59 am on 12 September 2010

New Zealand scored two tries in the last 15 minutes to defeat Australia 23-22 in Sydney on Saturday night, and sweep the Tri-Nations rugby championship.

Australia took a 22-9 lead into the last quarter but unrelenting pressure from the All Blacks resulted in Richie McCaw scampering over the line in the 66th minute.

McCaw was playing in his 52nd test as All Blacks skipper to surpass previous record-holder Sean Fitzpatrick.

Number eight Kieran Read barged over the line minutes later and Piri Weepu converted to put the All Blacks a point up with six minutes left.

The All Blacks defended stoutly in the final minutes to seal their sixth Tri-Nations victory this year and emerge as the first undefeated team since the southern hemisphere tournament expanded by two matches for each side in 2006.

The loss left Australia with two wins from six starts in the Tri-Nations, while the All Blacks had their 10th consecutive victory over the Wallabies.