New Zealand sink Australia 37-10 to make history with 18th consecutive win

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Australia had the ball but New Zealand scored the tries as they set a new record for consecutive Test victories by a tier one nation, reaching 18 having come of age long before. The Wallabies played some of their best rugby since last year’s World Cup, taking the game to the All Blacks and having 65% of the possession, but they lacked the opportunism of their opponents.

Despite having to make more than twice as many tackles as Australia and spending nearly 70% of the match in their own half, New Zealand scored six tries to one and had a seventh disallowed in the final minute. They were some way below their fluent best, hustled into mistakes and forced to bring on replacements early, but only three times had they scored more points against their greatest foes in winning 37-10.

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