All Blacks Beat Wallabies to Extend Bledisloe Cup Dominance

New Zealand beat Australia 27-16 in the second round of the Rugby Championship to secure the Bledisloe Cup for the 11th straight series with a game to spare.

Winger Ben Smith scored two tries for the All Blacks at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium, while rookie fly-half Tom Taylor kicked 14 points in his Test debut and Israel Dagg added a late penalty. Israel Folau ran in an intercept try and Christian Leali’ifano booted 11 points for the Wallabies, who last beat the All Blacks in New Zealand in 2001.

“We were under the pump there for a while,” All Blacks captain Richie McCaw said in a televised interview. “Our last couple of weeks was by no means perfect, but it was a good start.”

The victory gave the All Blacks an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match Bledisloe Cup series against Australia, which last held the trophy in 2002. It also keeps them tied atop the southern hemisphere championship standings on nine points with South Africa, which won 22-17 in Argentina.

Morne Steyn kicked five penalties and finished with 17 points to lead South Africa to the win in Mendoza. Bjorn Basson scored the lone try for South Africa, while Juan Manuel Leguizamon and Marcelo Bosch touched down for Argentina.

New Zealand hosts Argentina next in Hamilton on Sept. 7, when the Wallabies face the Springboks in Brisbane.

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