New Zealand overcome Australia for record 18th straight win

 22 Oct 2016 - 11:48

New Zealand overcome Australia for record 18th straight win
New Zealand's Julian Savea is tackled by Australia's Samu Kerevi (2nd R), Bernard Foley (R) and Israel Folau (bottom) during the third rugby Bledisloe Cup Test between the New Zealand All Blacks and Australia at Eden Park in Auckland on October 22, 2016. / AFP / MICHAEL BRADLEY

Reuters

WELLINGTON: World champions New Zealand were challenged for 50 minutes but still ran in six tries to beat 37-10 Australia in Auckland on Saturday to become the first top tier nation to win 18 consecutive test matches.

Less than a year after becoming the first nation to win back-to-back World Cups and with a much-changed line-up, Steve Hansen's side bolstered their claim to being the greatest ever rugby team.

Julian Savea scored two tries as Israel Dagg, Anton Lienert-Brown, TJ Perenara and Dane Coles also crossed to help the 2015-16 All Blacks better the record held by the 2013-2014 and 1965-1969 vintages, as well as the 1997-1998 Springboks.