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All Blacks, South Africa gain revenge

By Agence France-Presse in Paris | China Daily | Updated: 2015-08-17 09:46

New Zealand routed Australia 41-13 while South Africa grabbed a revenge 26-12 triumph over Argentina in a packed program of World Cup dress rehearsals on Saturday.

Just over a month from the start of the World Cup, the defending champion All Blacks marked skipper Richie McCaw's record 142nd Test appearance with a five-try demolition of Australia in Auckland.

New Zealand's pride was wounded when it lost the Rugby Championship decider 27-19 to the Wallabies a week ago, and it was determined to make amends and retain the Bledisloe Cup for the 13th consecutive year.

The All Blacks scored five tries with Dane Coles, Ma'a Nonu (twice) and Conrad Smith crossing the line along with a penalty try, while Dan Carter booted all five conversions and two penalties.

Australia was limited to one late converted touchdown by Israel Folau and two Quade Cooper penalties.

"They came out and put us under a bit of pressure territory wise and possession wise and we stuck together and got turnovers when we needed to get them and slowly put our impression on the game," said All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.







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