Australia vs. New Zealand: 6 Things We Learned

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Australia vs. New Zealand: 6 Things We Learned
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In the opening clash of this summer’s Rugby Championship and the first of two back-to-back Bledisloe Cup matches, New Zealand didn’t disappoint in living up to their favourites' tag.

The All Blacks were dominant at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium, seeing out a memorable 47-29 triumph over Australia and setting themselves in good stead for the remainder of the tournament.

Last year, a 27-19 opening victory over the Wallabies started what would become a perfect 6-0 routing at the 2012 Rugby Championship; 12 months on, Steve Hansen’s side had almost amassed a similar scoreline at the halfway stage.

However, with five fixtures left, it’s still about just how the two teams react to this opening matchup, with plenty of lessons to be taken on board for both teams.

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