New Zealand’s All Blacks defeat Australia 27-7 in second Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland


Australia’s run of outs at Eden Park has continued, with New Zealand recording a convincing 27-7 victory in the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland.

The Wallabies have not beaten the All Blacks at the venue since 1986 and the visitors backed their chances of snapping the losing streak following their spirited display in last weekend’s pulsating 16-16 draw in Wellington.

But the All Blacks were in a different class for much of the contest at Eden Park, scoring four tries to one to edge closer to retaining the Bledisloe Cup, which they have held since 2003.

After holding a slender 10-7 lead at half-time, the All Blacks scored three tries in the second term and kept the Wallabies scoreless on the way to their 20th straight victory over their trans-Tasman rival at Eden Park.

The All Blacks and Wallabies will meet again in two Tests in Sydney (October 31) and Brisbane (November 7) in what is a revamped Rugby Championship tournament following the withdrawal of South Africa.

Both sides will also play Argentina in the three-nation competition.

The All Blacks, stung by a poor effort in the Bledisloe Cup opener, came into Sunday’s Test in Auckland with more venom.

Veteran hooker Dane Coles bristled with energy and the return of Beauden Barrett from injury injected penetrative pace.

There was some feeling in the early exchanges between the All Blacks and Wallabies.(AP: Mark Baker)

But the undoubted star was winger Caleb Clarke, who showed Jonah Lomu-like skills and strength as he bulldozed the Wallabies defence time and again to announce himself as a future star in the making.

Clarke, whose father Eroni played for the All Blacks, was so impressive he left the field to a standing ovation with 12 minutes remaining in the match.

The All Blacks did a great job protecting five-eighth Richie Mo’unga after he was ruffled by the Wallabies’ defence in Wellington.

They used skip passes to Jack Goodhue and Barrett also stepped into first receiver role.

After a Mo’unga penalty, it was Goodhue running at first receiver in the 23rd minute that led to the All Blacks’ first try.

Goodhue powered to within a metre of the line and Aaron Smith scooted around from the base of the ruck to score.

Ned Hanigan was a strong addition to the Wallabies’ starting XV and they struck back just on the half-hour mark when the blindside flanker broke through an attempted tackle by Joe Moody.

Moody was left face down on the turf after being knocked out when his head smacked into Hanigan’s hip.

Hanigan burst clear to give the Wallabies vital field position and they capitalised through Marika Koroibete scoring in the left corner.

Four Australian Wallabies players celebrate a try against New Zealand's All Blacks.
The Wallabies had a glimmer of hope when Marika Koroibete (second from right) scored a try.(AP: Mark Baker)

The Wallabies were dealt a blow from the ensuing kick-off when Matt To’omua appeared to strain a hip flexor while making a clearing kick and he was replaced by Jordan Petaia.

Leading by three points at half-time, the All Blacks started the second term with a try-scoring blitz.

Within three minutes of the resumption, Jordie Barrett crossed after Mo’unga and Goodhue combined to create an overlap against a flat-footed Wallabies defence.

The match was effectively over three minutes later when Clarke — with a mix of raw power and savvy footwork — smashed through five would-be tacklers to create the space for number eight Ardie Savea to bust past the remnants of the Wallabies’ broken defence.

With the All Blacks leading 20-7, the Wallabies had appeared to grab one try back when hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa crawled over the line from a rolling maul deep inside opposition territory.

But following the intervention of the TMO, Paenga-Amosa was judged to have promoted the ball illegally across the line and the All Blacks were awarded a penalty.

All Blacks skipper Same Cane scored the fourth and final try in the 53rd minute, with Mo’unga adding the conversion to close out the scoring for the afternoon.

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Safety fears for Wallabies if they beat All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland this weekend


The Wallabies will have to keep their wits about them if they achieve the unthinkable and beat the All Blacks at Eden Park amid concerns it could trigger an ugly reaction across the Tasman.

It has been 34 years since the All Blacks lost to Australia at Auckland’s notoriously hostile cauldron but the Kiwis are suddenly under intense pressure to maintain their winning streak after drawing 16-16 with the Wallabies in the opening Test in Wellington last weekend.

That stalemate happened against the backdrop of relations between the Australian and New Zealand rugby boards sinking to an all-time low after months of public bickering so emotions are running high.

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Wallaby legend David Campese has already lobbed a verbal grenade over the ditch by claiming the All Blacks have “lost their aura” while even the Kiwi media have turned on the home team – with one commentator describing the current New Zealand side as “lambs in wolf’s clothing.”

With a near-capacity crowd of 47,000 expected for Sunday’s second clash, no-one is sure how the Kiwis will react if they lose though history suggests they won’t take it well.

Australia’s rugby union, rugby league and cricket teams have all been subjected to ugly abuse at Eden Park over the past decades with Wallaby players and team staff pelted with a water bottle and heckled by rabid New Zealand supporters as recently as last year.

And that was after the All Blacks won 36-0 and the crowd was supposedly happy!

The New Zealand cops will provide the Australians with police escorts to and from their Auckland hotel to the stadium and the players are already bracing for a nasty backlash on the field.

But Wallaby halfback Nic White, whose previous Tests at Eden Park all ended in heavy losses after the Wallabies went there full of confidence, says it wouldn’t matter where the match was being played.

“I’ve been there a few times after a couple of wins and a draw and I think that’s got as much to do with the reaction of their group as where we’re playing,” he said.

“I don’t think it’s going to matter where we play them this week, there’s going to be a reaction from them.

“The All Blacks have always reacted after a draw or a loss or a performance that they don’t think was very well but we’re talking about our reaction this week.”

More than most, White has learnt the hard way what the price for poking the bear can be whenever the Wallabies have gone to Eden Park with the wind in their sails.

In 2014, he was part of the Wallabies side that drew with the All Blacks in Sydney only to lose 50-12 in Auckland. The next year, the Wallabies won in Sydney but were thrashed at Eden Park a week later, costing White his spot in the Australian team for the 2015 World Cup.

It took him four years to get his place back.

In 2019, he was in the Australian team that hammered the All Blacks 47-26 in Perth only to get thumped 36-0 seven days later, but White says there’s one major difference with the Wallabies team that drew last weekend.

“We know a lot of the comms will be around what they’re going to bring but we’re going to make this week about us and what we’re going to bring,” he said.

“For one, we’re pretty disappointed with what happened in Wellington so I think that’s a different reaction right there.

“We’ve got a lot of areas that we’ve already seen where we can really fix the detail within the way we want to play the game.

“We were pretty gutted in the sheds afterwards knowing that game was there for the taking and we didn’t take it.”



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Auckland leaves lockdown as NZ PM says masks compulsory on public transport


New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, left lockdown overnight and moved into what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as “level 2.5” after just two new cases were announced on Sunday.

Ms Ardern on Sunday thanked residents in the city after living through two and a half weeks of lockdown, but she has warned the government would raise levels again “if we need to”.

“For Auckland, you are at a form of level two that I am going to call level 2.5,” Ms Ardern said.

“It is designed to keep us on track with our elimination strategy at level two in the scenario we now have, but it will only work if people follow the guidance, I understand it is easy to become complacent.”

The level three lockdown was lifted at 11.59pm local time after Auckland spent 18 days in lockdown.

Level two means social gatherings in Auckland are limited to 10, with a maximum of 50 people for COVID-safe funerals.

“I cannot express how important that is,” Ms Ardern said.

“If we want to stop the spread, we need to stop socialising for some time”.

Masks will also become compulsory on all forms of public transport for anyone above the age of 12 in any part of New Zealand from midnight while level two restrictions are in place.

Those failing to comply facing $300 fines on the spot.

“Basically, when you step out of your home … we are asking you to wear a mask.”

She would not rule out mandating the use of masks if people don’t wear them.

She said it was “highly unlikely” there was Covid outside Auckland and “we want to keep it that way”.

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Last month, just two days after she launched her “COVID election” campaign, as the country celebrated 100 days with no community transmission, Ms Ardern had to break the sobering news to Kiwis that four new cases had emerged. The election was subsequently moved.

New Zealand has been the target of criticism by lockdown opponents overseas who have slammed its COVID-19 policies as too strict.

Ms Ardern has said New Zealand’s strategy had always been to “go hard and go early with a lockdown” and health authorities still saw it as “the best strategy for getting businesses open as soon as it is safe”.

“We are still dealing with a single source, and a single cluster.”

However, that source was yet to be identified, Ardern said.

There are 10 people with Covid-19 currently in hospital in New Zealand, two of whom are in ICU.

There are 136 active cases in New Zealand, 117 of which are in the community.

Ms Ardern followed that cue on Sunday, saying she will strengthen rules on face masks if Aucklanders refused to wear them.

“Here, we are relying on common sense and care to make this work when it comes to Aucklanders who are travelling,” Ms Ardern said.

“The last thing we want is for Aucklanders to spread the virus across the country.”

Health Minister Chris Hipkins said enforcement of the rule would be light touch — starting with engagement, encouragement and education.

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“We do not have a mask-wearing culture here in New Zealand,” Mr Hipkins said.

“This is going to take us all some time to get used to, and so we do ask for patience and co-operation as we all get used to taking this additional protective step.

“What we’re asking is for people to wear a face covering just as you would buckle up when you get into a car.”

Those who are exempt from wearing a face mask include children under 12, passengers in Ubers and taxis (but drivers must) and people with a disability or physical or mental health condition that makes covering their face unsuitable.

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“We encourage everyone to get three or four washable masks each and are also investigating the potential distribution of reusable masks to those most in need.

“We know that some people won’t be able to wear masks for personal and medical reasons.”

It comes after two new cases were confirmed overnight, with Ms Ardern warning face masks may become mandatory in public across the nation if people fail to wear them on mass transport from Monday.

“A bus ride was the source of cases in this cluster and is one of a few settings where people are in close proximity for a sustained period of time with people they do not know,” Ms Ardern said.

“Some will ask why we haven’t mandated the use of masks beyond public transport.

“I will not rule out mandating the use in the future if we see people failing to use them as we are encouraging them to do right now.”





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NRL 2020: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck code switch, rugby union, Warriors, Auckland Blues


Inspirational Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is considering a shock move that would devastate not only the club, but the entire rugby league community.

The Daily Telegraph reports the superstar fullback is considering a switch to rugby union due to the uncertainty surrounding where the Warriors will be based next year.

The Warriors are believed to have made arrangements with Queensland feeder club Redcliffe Dolphins to be based there for the 2021 season if they are unable to return to their Auckland home.

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New Zealand tipped to win Auckland Nines Tournament 2014


The odds of New Zealand winning this weekend’s Auckland Nines have been slashed from $6 into $4.25 at Sportingbet after a string of big wagers for the homeside.

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A bet of $20,000 and another of $15,000 are among the high-volume of wagers for New Zealand to win the inaugural tournament.

“They’ve been by far and away the best backed team and they are our worst way by a long way,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.

New Zealand are favourites in front of Gold Coast ($11 into $8), Penrith ($11 into $8), Cronulla ($17 into $9) and Newcastle ($17 into $9).

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New Zealand 9s $4.25
Gold Coast 9s $8
Penrith 9s $8
Cronulla 9s $9
Newcastle 9s $9
Brisbane 9s $11
St George 9s $11
Manly 9s $17
North Qld 9s $17
Parramatta 9s $17
Wests 9s $21
Sydney 9s $26
South Sydney 9s $34
Melbourne 9s $41
Canberra 9s $51
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Coronavirus: New Zealand confirms 13 more COVID-19 cases as Auckland outbreak grows


Health authorities are investigating whether shipping workers were a source of New Zealand’s first domestic coronavirus outbreak in more than three months — after another double digit day of cases.

The outbreak has grown to 30 people and extended beyond Auckland, the country’s largest city, for the first time.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is scheduled to announce later whether a three-day lockdown in Auckland would be extended past Friday, which seemed likely given the increase in cases.

Until the cluster was discovered earlier this week, New Zealand had gone 102 days without community-spread infections, with the only known cases all international travellers quarantined after arriving.

Camera IconHealth authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation’s largest city. Credit: Mark Baker/AP

Health officials don’t believe the virus was lurking undetected in the community for months but believe it started with a returning traveller or a border worker.

But stumped officials have yet to discover the origins.

All but one of the 30 cases in the outbreak are linked, most through family or work connections.

Medical staff take a COVID-19 test from a visitor to a drive through community based assessment centre in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Camera IconMedical staff take a COVID-19 test from a visitor to a drive through community based assessment centre in Christchurch, New Zealand. Credit: Mark Baker/AP

The only known infections outside Auckland were two people in the central North Island town of Tokoroa who were linked to the Auckland cluster by a family visit. Officials said they thought the chances were low the virus would spread further in Tokoroa.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said they had only just started investigating the 30th case, which was the most recent found and the first person in the outbreak to be hospitalized.

“All of the cases so far, at this point, are connected. They are all part of one Auckland-based cluster,” said Health Minister Chris Hipkins.

“And that is good news.”



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Report of COVID-19 case confirmed outside of Auckland


A case of COVID-19 has been confirmed outside of Auckland where the coronavirus re-emerged in New Zealand, and there are up to six probable cases, according to local reports.

The Ministry of Health on Thursday confirmed 14 new cases including one returned overseas traveller in managed isolation and 13 linked to four family members who tested positive in Auckland earlier this week “from an unknown source”.

The new cases brought the number of active cases to 36 – 17 of which are linked to the recent outbreak, the ministry said in a statement.

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“Given that all these cases are linked, we are treating them as a cluster and what we know about clusters, as we have found out in the past, is that they do continue to grow,” Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said yesterday.

“So we fully expect there will be further cases. There are some symptomatic people – of course they have been tested, they are in isolation and all appropriate tests are being taken. We will update you if results come through that confirm those cases, on a daily basis.”

Until Tuesday, the country had not recorded a case of local transmission in 102 days.

COLD STORAGE FACILITY CLUSTER GROWS

Among those to test positive in Thursday’s figures were three employees from AmeriCold, the workplace of one previously reported case.

The ABC on Friday reported the company’s managing director had confirmed two more employees had tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases linked to the cold storage facility to six and those linked to the south Auckland family cluster to 19.

“Two of the AmeriCold sites, Mount Wellington and Auckland Airport, have been closed, and all staff from the Airport site have now been tested,” the NZ Health Ministry said on Thursday.

“A mobile testing unit went to the homes of symptomatic people from the Mount Wellington site yesterday and further testing is underway.”

Officials are investigating the possibility that the virus travelled into New Zealand on refrigerated freight.

Dr Bloomfield said surface testing was occurring in an Auckland cold storage facility where a man from the infected family worked.

“We do know from studies overseas, that actually, the virus can survive in some refrigerated environments for quite some time,” he said.

China has reported instances of coronavirus being detected on the packaging of imported frozen seafood.

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CORONAVIRUS APPEARS SOUTH OF AUCKLAND

South Waikato Mayor Jenny Shattock has since confirmed to Stuff council was told on Thursday afternoon about a staff member potentially linked to a known Auckland case.

A case has reportedly been confirmed in Tokoroa, a town in the South Waikato district about 200 kilometres south of Auckland on the North Island, and two staff members at Tokoroa Medical Centre are in self-isolation.

“(There is) one confirmed case and one probable case in Tokoroa – this is from an official email,” a Waikato District Health Board source told the publication.

However, according to the New Zealand Herald, Ms Shattock has told staff: “Unfortunately we have a confirmed case of Covid in Tokoroa and a probable case plus five others have been tested as some of them are unwell.”

“At this stage we have (a doctor) in isolation and the nurse who swabbed the patient plus a council staff member is isolating as well,” she said in an email to councillors on Thursday night.

Tokoroa is home to more than 13,600 people.

RESTRICTIONS REINSTATED

As of midday on Wednesday, new rules are in place. Auckland returned to stage 3 restrictions until at least Friday, while the rest of the country is at stage 2.

This means people living in Auckland are working from home unless they are an essential services worker. Schools remain open only for students whose parents are essential workers.

Public facilities, bars, restaurants and businesses in Auckland were forced to close, and gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. For the rest of the country, mass gatherings are now limited to 100 people.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has also urged everyone to wear masks to help prevent the spread of the virus, noting people can fashion their own face covering if needed.

Supermarkets have already moved to immediately restrict the sale of some essential products to ensure demand can be met and prevent stockpiling.



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Auckland to go back into lockdown after New Zealand records first community coronavirus cases in 102 days

People in New Zealand’s most significant town will go again into at the very least three days of lockdown following the region recorded 4 new coronavirus conditions with no regarded supply of an infection.

The state on Sunday notched up 100 days no cost of coronavirus neighborhood transmission.

But in an unscheduled late-night news convention on Tuesday, Primary Minister Jacinda Ardern reported four people from the exact same south Auckland spouse and children have now tested good to the virus.

From 12pm neighborhood time on Wednesday, inhabitants in Auckland will move back again less than Degree 3 limitations, the 2nd harshest out there.

The four new instances are joined to extra than one particular workplace and may well have distribute to multiple suburbs, Ms Ardern stated. The clients had no heritage of overseas travel or links to hotel quarantine services.

“I know that this data will be very tricky to receive,” Ms Ardern mentioned. 

“We have also been below right before … if we have a system and adhere to it, we can function our way via difficult and unknown cases.”

Underneath the Degree 3 limitations, which will be in place till at the very least midnight on Friday, non-crucial employees will have to do the job from dwelling, with restaurants, bars and general public facilities closed.

Educational facilities will also shut to young children of non-necessary staff and accumulating limits will use to weddings and funerals. 

The rest of the country will also move to Stage 2 limits, with mass gatherings minimal to 100 individuals.

Journey to Auckland from other locations will also be banned.

“Relocating an complete city, and New Zealand’s most significant city, into Amount 3 constraints is not a final decision we acquire evenly,” Ms Ardern stated.

“This go implies that we can be cautious, but also make certain that we have more info in advance of we make any conclusions that have a lengthier-phrase effect.

“Collectively we have overwhelmed the virus just before and with quickly action and by acting jointly, we can beat it yet again. We have appear as well considerably to go backwards.”

Ashley Bloomfield, the main govt of New Zealand’s Ministry of Health and fitness, reported though the new situations were being about the state was “perfectly-geared up” to struggle them. 

“We have been indicating for some months that it was unavoidable that New Zealand would get an additional scenario of local community transmission,” he said.

“That time is now and the overall health process is perfectly-organized.”

Soon immediately after the announcement, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff urged people to do the appropriate issue.

“Make sure you continue to be serene, remember to do not worry purchase and make sure you observe the lockdown policies,” he tweeted.

The new situations appear about a month out from New Zealand’s election working day.

The New Zealand Initial celebration, led by Deputy Primary Minister Winston Peters, suspended its campaign subsequent the announcement.

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Panic buyers queue at Auckland supermarkets


Supermarkets aren’t even closing but shoppers are still going nuts in Auckland after New Zealand confirmed four new coronavirus cases.

Despite New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern imploring people not to rush to supermarkets when she announced the return of coronavirus and restrictions in a press conference Monday night, people have not heeded warnings.

Residents immediately started posting photos and videos to social media of long queues outside shopping centres after news four COVID-19 cases had been diagnosed in one family with no known source.

In the most shocking clip, security guards can be seen trying to control the stream of shoppers forcing their way through the doors of the New Lynn Countdown.

A child is crying as someone tells staff the woman needs food for her child.

But even when stage three restrictions return for Auckland at midday tomorrow, people will still be able to leave the home for essential services like buying groceries.

“Please do not rush to the supermarket tonight … there is no reason to rush out and make any purchases this evening,” Ms Ardern said.

“You’ll even be able to get a takeaway coffee.”

The New Lynn Countdown was forced to close shortly before 10.30pm, an hour and a half early, after it was overrun by the shoppers

Ms Ardern said Aucklanders should use a mask if they leave the house to access essential services but many were not wearing them tonight or following social distancing measures.

“It was chaos. There was traffic blocking all of the roads leading to the supermarket, the parking lot was completely full and there were cars queued to get into the parking lot,” one Greenland shopper told the NZ Herald.

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Countdown’s website was also overwhelmed, warning of “very high demand” on its online shopping service.

New Zealand had been virus free for 102 days until the family cluster was announced last night.

The cases have no known source.

The first case confirmed was a person in their 50s who presented to their GP with symptoms yesterday.

Authorities sprung into action and tested the rest of the family.

Of the six other family members tested, three were positive and the others returned negative results.

The rest of the country will move to stage two restrictions from midday tomorrow to midnight Friday, with gatherings limited to 100 and social distancing measures in place.



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