Wallabies slammed for 'avalanche of mistakes'
SYDNEY: The Wallabies buried themselves in an "avalanche of mistakes", Australian media commentators lamented Monday after their team again failed to snap a decades-long hoodoo at New Zealand's Eden Park.
Australia's inability to win at the Auckland stadium stretched to a 34th year after being outplayed by a rampaging All Blacks 27-7 on Sunday.
They were punished for a poor defensive performance, guilty of too many handling errors, conceding a raft of turnovers and missing a whopping 40 tackles to New Zealand's 23.
"The Wallabies buried themselves in an avalanche of their own mistakes," said the Sydney Morning Herald.
"The attitude was there but the execution was badly awry at Eden Park... It was hard to keep count of the errors but three second-half mistakes in close succession were damaging."
They included Marika Koroibete failing to get the ball down in the corner, Brandon Paenga-Amosa's double movement that cost them a try and Jordan Petaia's carelessness that allowed Sam Cane to cross for five points.
"Pressure caused some of the mistakes, but (coach) Dave Rennie will demand more of his players upon their return to Australia. It wasn't good enough," the newspaper added.
The Australian broadsheet was equally unforgiving, headlining: "New team, same old Eden Park story."
"Australia may have had a relatively new side, but in the end it was an old and tiresome story as the Wallabies fell off tackles, struggled to make their hits and allowed the All Blacks to build that ferocious, familiar momentum," it ...
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