Genia praise for All Blacks
August 26, 2012 12:51:49 UK
Australia captain Will Genia paid tribute to the All Blacks after his side were held scoreless by New Zealand for the first time in 50 years.
Quade Cooper's Australia were blown away by the All Blacks.
The Wallabies had made a number of changes following their defeat the previous weekend in Sydney, but it was to little effect as they rarely looked like getting on the scoreboard.
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Israel Dagg scored the only try of the 22-0 All Blacks victory, while Dan Carter kicked the other 17 points as the Bledisloe Cup stayed with New Zealand for the 10th straight year.
Genia had a bad night, being sin-binned for a ruck infringement late in the first half.
"We got touched up tonight," Genia said.
"We got taught lessons in many facets of the game.
"We are very disappointed, but we have to give credit to this All Blacks side. They are a great team, they have achieved so much.
"The best thing about them is they are consistent and you know they will turn up week in and week out."
The Wallabies trailed 9-0 at half-time, with Carter having landed three penalties.
But they were blown away early in the second half as Dagg crossed and Carter kicked a conversion and two further penalties within 10 minutes of the restart.
"We didn't think we played any rugby, we thought we were still in it," Genia said.
"We just wanted to start well in the second half and give ourselves an opportunity to play a bit.
We got taught lessons in many facets of the game. Will Genia
"They got first points and they are the sort of side when they smell blood they will get better."
The loss leaves Australia battling in the four-team Rugby Championship after two losses in as many games.
Australia are 10.00 to win the 2015 Rugby World Cup, with the All Blacks 2.20.
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