7 Aug 2011

All Blacks send World Cup message

5:38 am on 7 August 2011

New Zealand's 30-14 victory over Australia in their Tri-Nations rugby clash in Auckland has retained the Bledisloe Cup for the All Blacks and left the Wallabies to ponder a 12th straight defeat at Eden Park in 25 years.

The All Blacks led 17-0 at half time and scored three tries to two.

Ma'a Nonu, Keven Mealamu and Sitiveni Sivivatu scored for the All Blacks and Dan Carter brushed aside Quade Cooper's challenge for the world's best No.10, adding 15 points with three conversions, two penalties and a drop goal.

Digby Ioane gave the Wallabies hope with a fine long range try after Will Genia and Kurtley Beale combined to put the winger into space.

But they botched the restart and Conrad Smith broke clear to put Sivivatu over.

Carter's sideline conversion extended the lead to 27-7 and he added his second penalty before the Wallabies' skipper Rocky Elsom's late consolation try.