Woeful Wallabies sink to new low, suffer Bledisloe Cup clean sweep

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At half-time, assistant coach Dan McKellar told Stan Sport the Wallabies had kicked when they should have passed and passed when they should have kicked.

He was spot on.

Noah Lolesio will eventually develop into a Test calibre five-eighth but, presently, his decision-making leaves plenty to be desired.

He wasn’t the only player in gold to have a forgettable afternoon.

Apart from the tireless Michael Hooper, every member of the Wallabies’ pack was either outworked around the park or beaten in their role at the set-piece.

The cleanout at the attacking breakdown was diabolical.

It took less than 60 seconds for the All Blacks to pinch a Wallabies lineout. It only took a little longer for the All Blacks to force a penalty at scrum time, as Nepo Laulala folded James Slipper.

The Wallabies were yet again taught a lesson by their fiercest rivals.

The Wallabies were yet again taught a lesson by their fiercest rivals.Credit:Getty

Neither set-piece area became a constant problem, but they were hardly a platform from which the Wallabies could launch attacks.

Then there were the errors.

When Barrett was sent off, Tom Banks had the opportunity to give the Wallabies a lineout five metres from the All Blacks’ line. He overcooked the kick and sent it dead in goal.

Lolesio missed a simple shot at adding three points earlier.

There were countless other opportunities inside the All Blacks’ half that went begging.

The visitors, in contrast, took points away from almost every visit to the Australian 22.

When Damian McKenzie replaced Barrett 20 minutes after he was sent from the field, the score remained 18-0.

Tate McDermott was one of the Wallabies’ best and created the opportunity for the try that gave Rennie’s side a glimmer of hope.

The Reds star split the All Blacks straight through the middle third and, two phases later, Folau Fainga’a crashed over.

Trailing 18-7 with 28 minutes to play, the next score was crucial.

McDermott’s comments in the lead-up about the Wallabies’ defence not befitting that of a tier one nation rung true soon after.

Akira Ioane beat a rushing Koroibete and two dreadful tackles from Len Ikitau and Lolesio before drawing the final defender and putting Jordan over.

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It was the play that typified the series. Woeful Wallabies defence gifting a clinical All Blacks team points.

The floodgates opened soon after.

For weeks, the Wallabies have spoken about how they have pieced together patches of world class rugby.

There were glimpses of that, at best, on Sunday.

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