RUGBY
Wallabies taught harsh lessons
10.18PM  25-8-2012

Wallabies captain Will Genia admitted his team were completely outplayed in their 22-0 loss to New Zealand at Eden Park on Saturday.

An Israel Dagg try and 17 points from the boot of Dan Carter saw the All Blacks clinch the Bledisloe Cup for the 10th straight year.

It was the first time in 50 years the All Blacks had held the Wallabies scoreless and extended Australia's winless run against New Zealand at the Auckland ground to 26 years.

Genia, who was sin-binned for a ruck infringement late in the first half, paid tribute to the world champions.

"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."

Trailing 9-0 at half-time after three Carter penalties, hopes of a Wallabies comeback were dashed shortly after the break.

Carter converted Dagg's try and added two further three-pointers in the opening 10 minutes of the second half to blow the visitors away.

Genia said the Wallabies felt they were still a chance after trailing by just nine points despite a poor first half.

"We didn't think we played any rugby, we thought we were still in it," he said.

"We just wanted to start well in the second half and give ourselves an opportunity to play a bit.

"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.

But coach Robbie Deans still found positives about his team's performance.

"I was proud of the way the boys hung in there, but the All Blacks are a powerhouse," Deans said.

"They are the benchmark."

 
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