And the result means that Six Nations champions Wales will end New Zealand’s 10-year reign as world number one if they avoid defeat against England on Sunday.
The All Blacks had lock Scott Barrett sent off by French referee Jerome Garces just before half-time for a shoulder-led charge to the neck and face of Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper.
New Zealand trailed 13-12 when Barrett departed, but they then conceded 31 second-half points.
Scrum-half Nic White, flanker Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, wing Marika Koroibete and full-back Kurtley Beale also touched down, with fly-half Christian Lealiifano kicking 13 points and Matt Toomua adding two conversions.
Twitter, naturally had a lot to say on the matter.
— 10 Sport (@10SportAU) August 10, 2019
— Hazel Healy (@hazelhealy) August 10, 2019
The focus will be on the red card changing game etc etc but I think there was strong chance Australia might’ve won anyway.
NZ are vulnerable if you take it to them #AUSvNZL
— Sonja McLaughlan (@Sonjamclaughlan) August 10, 2019
— Will Kelleher (@willgkelleher) August 10, 2019
— Rory Flanigan (@Flan8) August 10, 2019
Please @WorldRugby bring in an option to punish the individual not the crowd, TV audience etc. For incidents like Barrett’s – Orange card 10mins in the bin then enforced substitution of offender followed by disciplinary hearing and ban but let’s go 15 v 15 unless it’s a stinker
— Ben Kay (@BenKay5) August 10, 2019
— Qantas Wallabies (@qantaswallabies) August 10, 2019
— Jamie Wall (@JamieWall2) August 10, 2019
— Bul Knaters (@BulKnaters) August 10, 2019
Massive night for the Wallabies selectors. Every selection turned to gold. They deserve a heap of credit. #AUSvNZL
— Paul Cully (@paulcullystuff) August 10, 2019
Guess what? The Wallabies BULLIED the All Blacks, imposed their game plan on the Kiwis and outworked them in key areas. This was the best team the ABs could put out. Seriously good signs for Australia 2 games out from #RWC2019 #AUSvNZ
— Jamie Pandaram (@JamiePandaram) August 10, 2019
That’s ridiculous. That’s not worth a red card. Don’t care what the laws say, it’s not worth a red card. Even as a Wallabies fan I won’t cop that #AUSvNZ
— Michael Atkinson (@kinson88) August 10, 2019
– additional reporting PA
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