Australia showed how hard it will be to take their crown away as they simply blew New Zealand away in their opening match. We saw a fine opening ceremony and then the Roos got straight into gear, power tackling in defence and both hard running and slick hands in attack saw them into a 14-6 lead at haf-time but it could have been more.
Second half and they upped the pace and power stretching to a final score of:
Australia 30 New Zealand 6
Tries: Inglis, Monaghan, Folau 2, Slater Goals: Thurston 4, Smith
Tries: Manu Goals: Matai
Australia: Slater, Monaghan, Inglis, Folau, Tate, Lockyer, Thurston, Price, Smith, Civoniceva, Laffranchi, Stewart, Gallen. Replacements: Gidley, Kite, Perry, Tupou.
New Zealand: Hohaia, Perrett, Matai, Ropati, Vatuvei, Marshall, Leuluai, Cayless, Fien, Blair, Mannering, Manu, Smith. Replacements: Halatau, Eastwood, Sa, Rapira.