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All Blacks take Bledisloe 1


Match Highlights - All Blacks take Bledisloe 1

Jack Goodhue scored a brilliant debut try as New Zealand came from behind to seal a 38-13 Bledisloe Cup victory over Australia in a breathless Rugby Championship opener at ANZ Stadium.

Goodhue made the most of his opportunity in the absence of Sonny Bill Williams, slotting in seamlessly and rising to the occasion after his fellow centre Ryan Crotty suffered an early injury.

Penalties from Reece Hodge and Bernard Foley gave the Wallabies a 6-0 lead, but Aaron Smith’s try on the stroke of half-time reduced the deficit to just a point in Sydney.

The defending champions then turned on the style in the second half. Goodhue and Beauden Barrett scored superb tries before Brodie Retallick went over and Waisake Naholo claimed a late double as Steve Hansen’s men ran away with it.

Barrett showed why he remains the All Blacks’ first-choice fly-half, pulling the strings in Sam Whitelock’s 100th appearance for the world champions.

Jack Maddocks marked his international debut by scoring Australia’s only try, but they were unable to pull off a repeat of their win over their trans-Tasman rivals last October and also lost Israel Folau to what appeared to be an ankle injury.

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Match Highlights - All Blacks take Bledisloe 1