By Ollie Lewis For Daily Mail Australia
The All Blacks have mauled Australia with such ease that fans have called into question the future of the sport as New Zealand put one hand on the Rugby Championship.
With the Bledisloe Cup already in the bag, Ian Foster’s side made mincemeat of the visitors at Eden Park, threatening a record-breaking defeat at 32-0 with 20 minutes to play, before winning 40-14.
Late Folau Fainga’a and Jordan Petaia tries spared those blushes, though rarely in their 22 years of Eden Park pain have Australia been further away from victory.
The Australian rugby union team have been blasted by their fans after Saturday’s defeat
And fans took to Twitter to blast their side’s ‘utterly useless’ performance on Saturday night.
‘Time to give up rugby as a national sport,’ one fan wrote. ‘To dish up this rubbish, when the [All Blacks] have struggled as much as they have at home recently… it’s really pathetic.’
‘I think your coach needs to go. Eddie Jones will do a much better job,’ a South African fan suggested.
‘Thanks for nothing. That performance was utterly useless,’ another Wallabies fan posted.
‘And now some of these same players will get ready for spring holidays… more cr*p… but nice Europe holidays… no improvements at all.’
Will Jordan, Sam Whitelock, Codie Taylor and Samisoni Taukei’aho touched down for New Zealand, with a first-half penalty try underscoring the Wallabies’ lack of composure in the Auckland cauldron.
After pleading for discipline from his side, Australia coach Dave Rennie must have fumed to have one of his forwards in the bin after just 124 seconds.
The All Blacks stormed to a comfortable 40-14 victory over their nearest rivals in Eden
Jed Holloway, who broke the All Blacks line in the opening minute, was yellow carded for spear-tackling Dalton Papali’i 60 seconds later, his enthusiasm turning to recklessness.
The Wallabies kept the All Blacks out while undermanned – holding up Ardie Savea over the line – and grew in confidence once parity was restored.
Marika Koroibete’s kicking game was on, and the Wallabies lingered long in New Zealand’s last 22, struggling only to finish.
Frustrated for 21 minutes, Richie Mo’unga put the first points on the board with a short-range penalty.
Aaron Smith’s bullet passes set Jordan free soon after, the winger surging past a diving Petaia for the first try of the night.
New Zealand’s second was less elegant, with referee Andrew Brace awarding a penalty try and ordering David Porecki to spend 10 minutes on the sidelines for collapsing the maul.
The defeat piles on more pressure on coach Dave Rennie with the team well out of form
Fans took to Twitter to blast the national team with union on its last legs of late
Still, the undermanned Wallabies fought, with Koroibete denied a try for stepping on the line under the watchful eye of touch judge Mathieu Raynal, who as referee broke Australian hearts with a late time-wasting call on Bernard Foley in last week’s 39-37 loss in Melbourne.
For that miscalculation, Foley was booed with ball in hand all night.
Down 17-0 at the break, the Wallabies defence fell apart after returning to the field.
A fortuitous TMO call brought Whitelock the All Blacks third try, with the power of the Kiwi mauls sending Taylor and Taukei’aho over for their fourth and fifth of the night either side of Fainga’a’s face-saver.
Jordan Petaia, on early in the night after a shoulder injury to Lalakai Foketi, scored in the 82nd minute for another consolation.
The result means New Zealand have given themselves a shot of defending their Rugby Championship title, needing South Africa to win by fewer than 39 points against Argentina on Sunday morning (AEST) to claim the southern hemisphere crown.
Australia, with two wins from six in the championship, will lick their wounds before turning their minds to their northern hemisphere tour.
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