AUSTRALIA was unable to capitalise on a promising start last night as New Zealand claimed the Bledisloe Cup for the 11th consecutive year, triumphing 27-16 in Wellington.
While the Wallabies improved on last weekend's 47-19 first Test loss in Sydney, defensive lapses and scrum issues proved fatal.
It was Australia's 15th straight loss to the Kiwis in New Zealand. The third Test in Dunedin in two months is now a dead rubber.
The match was turned in favour of the Kiwis when winger Ben Smith scored twice late in the first half to hand the home side a 15-6 half-time lead.
Code-hopper Israel Folau scored a consolation 70m intercept try in the 75th minute, but was once again starved of ball on the wing.
Australia led 6-0 after 26 minutes, but the Kiwis led by nine points 14 minutes later.
Once again New Zealand showed greater composure than Australia.
The Wallabies' scrum was woeful in the second half.
Two times they were pushed off their own ball before conceding a penalty.
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