It’s been 34 years since the Wallabies defeated the All Blacks at Eden Park, and it will be another 12 months before the Wallabies can end that drought.
It had also been 19 years since the Bledisloe Cup was on Australian soil in Australian hands and that drought has taken a step to growing to an even two decades.
The All Blacks dominated the Wallabies in a fashion that has become all too familiar for Australian rugby fans when watching their team do battle at Eden Park.
Australia saw themselves 10-0 down within the opening half an hour and were never really in the game after that.
The margin was reduced to 10-7 at half time but the hosts were none too bothered as they came out in the second half and sealed their 1-0 lead in the series.
“I thought the All Blacks were very good in turnover,” Wallabies captain Michael Hooper said.
“They capitalised on our mistakes. We pressured really well in the first half. We were down their end and had a lot of possession and probably a lot of territory … As New Zealand do they make us pay on turnovers and we weren’t able to scramble and get out of that.”
The Wallabies weren’t without their chances. They came close to crossing twice after the All Blacks opened up a 20-7 lead.
Marika Koroibete was held up over the line in the 50th minute, somehow failing to get the ball down.
Minutes later hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa was penalised for double movement after propelling himself forward from his knees in the process of scoring.
“We threatened a lot in the first half. Those two scores in the second would have been nice,” lamented Hooper.
“We’ll go back home now, get a few days off and regroup. We’re building. A bit of a hit to the confidence there today but we’ll go again.”
The All Blacks now need just one win from the final two Bledisloe tests to seal the cup once again.