8 Aug 2010

Defence the key: Henry

8:21 am on 8 August 2010

The All Blacks are lauding their defence after a 20-10 victory over the Wallabies in Christchurch.

Leading 17-10 at half-time, the All Blacks kept the visitors scoreless in the second spell, landing just a penalty themselves.

But that was enough to secure the Bledisloe Cup for the eighth successive year, while the All Blacks now need just a bonus point from their two remaining Tri-Nations Tests to also regain that title.

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw hailed his side's defensive effort as "right up there" with the best he'd been involved in with the All Blacks.

McCaw says they've won games by scoring tries but it was the defence that won them the game.

The Australians delivered a vastly-improved showing on the previous week's debacle in Melbourne, but the All Blacks still had too much power and precision, in what was their 13th consecutive Test win and their ninth straight over the visitors.

Mils Muliaina and Conrad Smith scored tries for New Zealand and Daniel Carter kicked two penalties and two conversions.

For Australia, Kurtley Beale scored a try and Matt Giteau a conversion and a penalty.

The All Blacks now have a week off before playing South Africa in Johannesburg.