October 27, 2018 / 8:04 AM / 18 days ago

Rugby-All Blacks crush Wallabies in Yokohama for Bledisloe Cup sweep

TOKYO, Oct 27 (Reuters) - All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett scored 17 points as New Zealand completed a Bledisloe Cup clean sweep with a 37-20 win over Australia at the venue for the 2019 World Cup final in Yokohama on Saturday.

Flanker Liam Squire and captain Kieran Read crossed before the break to put the All Blacks in a commanding position and they piled on the points in the closing stages when Australia were a man down.

Australian replacement Tolu Latu was sinbinned for striking New Zealand hooker Codie Taylor on 66 minutes and tries from outside backs Ben Smith and Rieko Ioane completed an emphatic victory.

The win means world champions New Zealand have lost just twice in their last 20 matches, while the loss piles the pressure on Michael Cheika’s Wallabies ahead of their tour of Europe. (Reporting by Jack Tarrant; editing by Nick Mulvenney)

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