August 18, 2018 / 11:47 AM / 9 months ago

Rugby-Naholo, Barrett shine as All Blacks beat Wallabies 38-13

SYDNEY, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Winger Waisake Naholo scored a brace of tries and Beauden Barrett enjoyed a stellar return to form as the All Blacks steamrolled the Wallabies 38-13 in the Rugby Championship opener in Sydney on Saturday.

Naholo crossed twice in two second-half minutes, with Aaron Smith, Jack Goodhue, Barrett and Brodie Retallick also grabbing tries as the champion All Blacks roared home to seal their 13th successive win in the southern hemisphere tournament.

The Wallabies held a 6-5 lead to halftime, but scored their only try late through debutant Jack Maddocks when the game was all but decided.

Adding injury to insult, fullback Israel Folau came off near the hour-mark after rolling his ankle as the Wallabies suffered a third straight humbling loss in the tournament opener to their trans-Tasman rivals. (Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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