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Jerome Kaino leaves NZ camp over 'personal matter'

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Jerome Kaino leaves NZ camp over 'personal matter'

The All Blacks have crushed the Wallabies 54-34 in a record-setting start to the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship.

Ioane had his second nearly immediately following a Wallabies mistake with a pass going astray in midfield that was swopped on by Ryan Crotty who found Ioane and he ran 40 metres to score the All Blacks third try after just a tick over 20 minutes on the clock.

Not everyone was happy with the flanker's score, however.

However, things were very different in the final half-hour, Australia restoring a measure of pride with four tries of their own as New Zealand's level dipped.

"But that first 50 minutes was pretty special".

Jerome Kaino has returned home from the All Blacks' camp.

Australia's Tevita Kuridrani, right, dives over to score a try that New Zealand's TJ Perenara can't prevent during their rugby union test match in Sydney.

Despite not reaching the same heights in the second half, this was a superb effort from New Zealand - and the rest of the competition will be watching.

New Wallabies captain Michael Hooper tried to play down the devastating result, which was completed by further tries for full-back Damian McKenzie and wing Ben Smith, and he instead wanted to gloss over the poor start to focus on Australia's results.

It doesn't get any easier for the Wallabies as they face a return match against the All Blacks at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium next weekend, and Read was keen to enjoy the win before turning his attention to the second Bledisloe Cup encounter. They'd also studied last year's opening loss to New Zealand, when they conceded 42 points and missed 38 tackles, and thought they sorted out that issue.

Another penalty goal to Foley put the Wallabies back within a point but soon after the visitors were back over in the same corner when Rieko Ioane skipped outside Israel Folau.

Ioane was over again minutes later when Michael Hooper's pass went astray and Ryan Crotty sent Ioane racing away between the posts.

Sonny Bill Williams crashed over in the 34th, then Crotty scored his second in the last minute of the first half.

Rona scored a good try from a set move at a scrum in the 52nd minute to lift Australian spirits. Beauden Barrett's conversion made it 7-3. Kuridrani came off the bench and scored a neat try from a double-round in midfield to make the score 54-20.

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