Wallabies stun All Blacks in record defeat

Joe Moody

Joe Moody

New Zealand had won the sides' past six Rugby Championship meetings, yet Scott Barrett's red card for an apparent shoulder charge on Michael Hooper's neck late in the first half gave them an uphill battle.

The Wallabies entered Saturday's match trailing both the All Blacks and South Africa in the standings but, with the Springboks in action later on Saturday, Michael Cheika's men moved into pole position with a 47-26 success, which marks New Zealand's joint-heaviest defeat and the most points they have conceded in a Test to Australia.

All Blacks coach Steve Hanson tested positional combinations in their opening two Rugby Championship matches, but against Australia he reverted to what is considered close to his starting 15 for their first game of the World Cup in Japan next month.

"All credit to Australia, good win", he said.

But the hosts' hard work was swiftly undone.

And they snatched the lead on 16 minutes after a turnover, with Dane Coles making a break and Reiko Ioane punishing Australia by dotting down for his 23rd try.

"Not a chance", he said.

Reece Hodge of the Wallabies gets clear to score a try against New Zealand.

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The bustling inside centre steam-rolled star All Blacks fullback Beauden Barrett before offloading to White.

Ngani Laumape got a consolation try, before Kurtely Beale rubbed salt in the wounds with the Wallabies' sixth try in the final minutes.

In an extra sweetener, the All Blacks could surrender their world No.1 ranking to Wales for the first time since 2009 should the Welsh beat England later this weekend.

"Lots can change in seven days", Hansen said.

"I'm disappointed but Australia deserved the win as they were the best side on the day", Hansen said.

"It's not good enough when [in the] first half you miss 10 or 20 tackles out of 90, so we were not going well", he said.

For most, including referee Jerome Garces most importantly, it was a straight red card to the letter of the law.

"We were starting to get into the game and then, lack of discipline, we get a guy sent off and it's not a team you want to play with 14 against".

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