The Rugby Championship opened this weekend with a show of force from World Champions New Zealand as they beat Australia 42 – 8 and extended their dominance over their neighbours.
New Zealand scored six tries as the team took the Wallabies apart and man of the match Beauden Barrett scored a try, set up two others and kicked 12 points to help the All Blacks to an extremely comfortable victory in the team’s first meeting with Australia since the Rugby World Cup last year.
Sean Fitzpatrick, the former All Blacks captain, has said that he was delighted with the win and that he hasn’t seen New Zealand play that well in a long time, “I don’t think many teams would have lived with the All Blacks today”.
He went on to praise every member of the team for contributing to the game and said that Steve Hansen and the selectors should be very happy as it is clear that their hard work has paid off.
Australia’s Captain Stephon Moore on the other hand was left shocked by the result and said that his team’s performance was just not good enough, “I don’t know what to say. I feel for all our fans who came out tonight. It was not good enough from us and we are really disappointed. I thought we clawed our way back in the second half but they had too big a lead.”
Nonetheless he said that the team is not going to give up. They have their next game later in the week and he said that they will do all they can to make sure that they are ready for it and to turn things around.
The team has now lost five games in a row and commentators are suggesting that their coach Michael Cheika must stop playing games off the field and focus on getting the players back on track.