3 Aug 2008

All Blacks hit back with emphatic victory

7:41 pm on 3 August 2008

The All Blacks bounced back from last week's heavy loss in Sydney to beat Australia 39-10 in Auckland on Saturday night.

They led 18-10 at half time and scored four tries to one.

Ma'a Nonu and Tony Woodcock scored two tries each for the hosts while Dan Carter kicked two conversions and five penalties for a haul of 19 points.

For the Wallabies, Adam Ashley-Cooper scored, while Matt Giteau kicked a conversion and a penalty.

It was a far more assured performance from the All Blacks who had lost 34-19 to Australia last week. They dominated the Wallabies for long periods in front of a capacity crowd at Eden Park.

The win moves New Zealand to the top of the Tri-Nations standings ahead of Australia and South Africa.

The Wallabies now need to win the remaining two Tests against the All Blacks to win the Bledisloe Cup.

In domestic competition, there was a major upset with Counties Manukau beating the defending champions Auckland 17-6 in Pukekohe on Sunday afternoon. The home side scored two tries to nil.

It is the third major upset in the first round of the competition, with Manawatu beating Canterbury and Northland beating Waikato.