18 Aug 2013

All Blacks dominate Wallabies

5:49 am on 18 August 2013

The All Blacks have chalked up their 100th test win over the Wallabies with a commanding 47-29 triumph in Sydney.

Winger Ben Smith scored a hat-trick as the All Blacks opened their Rugby Championship title defence on Saturday night with a six-try romp to ruin Ewen McKenzie's first match as the Wallabies coach.

Aaron Cruden, Conrad Smith and captain Richie McCaw also scored for the New Zealanders, giving them three tries in each half.

The clear win gives the All Blacks a bonus point in the championship.

It also means the Australians must win both the return match in Wellington next week and a third test in Dunedin in October to get their hands on the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2003.

In the weekend's other match in the Rugby Championship, South Africa walloped Argentina 73-13 in Soweto.

The Springboks ran in nine tries to the Pumas' one.