7 Aug 2011

All Blacks win Bledisloe Cup Test

4:59 am on 7 August 2011

New Zealand beat Australia 30-14 in their Tri-Nations and Bledisloe Cup rugby Test in Auckland on Saturday.

The All Blacks led 17-0 at half time and scored three tries to two in the Test to maintain a 17-year unbeaten record at Eden Park.

The All Blacks began quickly and accurately taking an early 10-0 lead thanks to a Dan Carter penalty goal and a Ma'a Nonu try which Carter converted.

Their defence was well tested after that though, but another foray into Wallaby territory was rewarded with a try to Keven Mealamu with Carter converting again.

The All Blacks lead 20-0 early in the second spell after Carter drop kicked a goal, before the Wallabies broke clear and winger Digby Ioane scored.

The Wallabies scored again with a late try to skipper Rocky Elsom.

About 54,000 fans attended the match, the largest crowd at a rugby match for 55 years.

Auckland Transport officials aimed to move most of the rugby fans within 70 minutes of the final whistle.

The agency's Bruce Barnard says 16,500 arrived on special train services, and 7600 by bus.

Mr Barnard says the biggest surprise was the number who walked in to the stadium.

Emergency services and transport officials used the match as a Rugby World Cup training run.