Wallabies whacked by rampant All Blacks

While Australian rugby great Michael Lynagh is lamenting the Wallabies' galling lack of fundamental skills, All Blacks captain Kieren Read says old-fashioned catch-and-pass football was the key to their 54-34 rout on Saturday night.

"By the end of 80 minutes, Australia had missed 48 tackles, which is just not good enough at global level".

"I am really proud we showed that Australian spirit and came back there", he said post-match. "Win or lose the appeal, we will get stronger", Forrest told reporters after the rally outside RugbyWA headquarters on Sunday. But it was a new defensive system and against a quality team we struggled.

"We need to give the guys a little bit of time and make sure that they're fully believing in the system".

While the Wallabies removed the threat of a record losing margin of 37 points to the All Blacks with four consolation tries, the reality is that New Zealand led 54-6 with 30 minutes to go before easing off.

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"I think we got a little seduced by the scoreboard and went away from the fundamentals of what we wanted to do, but I think it's about concentrating on what we did really well and that first 50 minutes was pretty special".

"I think it was exactly that", Beale said.

That dismissal meant he missed the series-ending draw through suspension, and Williams is desperate to make up for lost time when the world champions face the Wallabies in their Bledisloe Cup meeting in Sydney.

The Wallabies suffered a shock home loss to Scotland in June and endured a awful Super Rugby season where Australian sides lost all 26 of their matches against Kiwi opposition.

On early evidence, that could not be further from the truth.

The inept performance before the smallest crowd (54,846) for a Bledisloe Cup Test at Sydney's Olympic stadium builds more pressure on Cheika following the Wallabies' 16th loss in his 35 Tests as coach.

Billionaire Force backer Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest said culling the Force was a "weak financial decision" and if the ARU wasn't good at managing money they should "hand over to people who are". The intent is there to go out and play rugby but poor execution is letting us down.

"We haven't had the results". Perhaps the concentration of playing talent will help Australia's Super Rugby teams to become more competitive next year and this will have a positive flow on to the Wallabies.

"It's disappointing as a coach and certainly something that we're heavily focused on".

The 32-year-old was on very wobbly legs as he attempted to get up and back into the defensive line where he was able to pull off a big tackle later in the play.

The Wallabies travelled to Christchurch on Sunday evening where they will base themselves before making the trip down to Dunedin on Thursday.

Nothing Australia did in the first half could prevent the All Blacks scoring six tries to enjoy a 40-6 half-time advantage and it was only changes during the period when substitutes were brought on that the New Zealanders looked unsettled, even untidy as their execution waned.

  • Jon Douglas