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International Rugby: 3rd Bledisloe Cup Test of 2018: New Zealand v Australia 1st Half Write-up at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Japan

Liam Squire pulled off on the run home with the first five points for New Zealand.

Kurtley Beale couldn’t arrest Squire through the lack of flexible defense on the far right from Australia.

Sonny Bill Williams couldn’t stay five meters back off scrums against the opposition attack.

That helped New Zealand concede the penalty to Australia.

In return, Beale punted successfully from 48 meters out between the sticks.

That helped his payback with the error against Squire as Australia trail New Zealand by three points, 3-7.

Beauden Barrett too made a successful kick into the goal to give New Zealand a little push with the lead.

Allan Alaalatoa played a role in hinging the scrum collapse which gave an unfair play to New Zealand.

Kieran Read took a short turn on the run home to strike New Zealand’s 2nd TRY.

The perfect scrummaging from TJ Perenara saw Will Genia too slow in failing to arrest Read away from their attack.

Although, Sefa Naivalu touched down a late TRY for Australia two minutes the break.

The direction from Will Genia helped Australia gave plenty of space on the far left.

Credit to Michael Hooper in making a great line in crushing down the New Zealand defense.

Although, New Zealand may have held Hooper a few meters short.

But the quick ball from Marika Koroibete to Naivalu gets the set-piece play done.

HALF-TIME: Australia 10-17 New Zealand

New Zealand


  • Liam Squire, 11′
  • Kieran Read, 36′


  • Beauden Barrett, 12′, 37′


  • Beauden Barrett, 25′



  • Sefa Naivalu, 38′


  • Bernard Foley, 39′


  • Kurtley Beale, 20′


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