1 Nov 2009

All Blacks sweep Wallabies, Bledisloe four-nil

12:10 pm on 1 November 2009

The All Blacks have started their Northern tour in emphatic fashion, beating Australia 32-19 in Tokyo to sweep the Bledisloe Cup series four-nil .

Sitiveni Sivivatu and Conrad Smith scored the tries for New Zealand, while first-five Dan Carter controlled the match with the boot, slotting a perfect eight from eight for 22 points.

Coach Graham Henry says better field position in the second half helped the All Blacks to overturn the halftime deficit, and sets them up well for the remainder of their end of year tour.

Henry says while a four-nil sweep of the Wallabies was pleasing, it's nothing personal.

He says the team only played to 70 percent of its capacity in Tokyo, and there's still plenty to iron out ahead of next weekends test against Wales in Cardiff.