Rugby Championship 2019: Clinical Wallabies spank 14-man All Blacks

The Wallabies have claimed a famous victory over a 14-man All Blacks side, thrashing them 47-26 in Perth.

A controversial red card to Scott Barrett in the 40th minute proved costly for the All Blacks as they conceded five second half tries at Optus Stadium.

Barrett became just the fourth All Black to be sent off in a test match after he made contact with the head of Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper with his elbow and shoulder.

But Australia looked up to the task from the outset, James O'Connor, who started his first match in six years setup Reece Hodge for the opening try. 

While the hosts were on top in nearly every statistical category throughout the first half - the All Blacks found themselves down 13-12 at the break thanks to first-half tries from Anton Lienert-Brown and Rieko Ioane. 

The Wallabies extended the margin to 26-12 early in the second half with giant flanker Lukhan Salakaia-Loto scoring before Samu Kerevi set up the second.

The bustling centre ran over the top of star All Blacks fullback Beauden Barrett before offloading to White.

Barrett exacted some revenge six minutes later when he darted through some flimsy Wallabies defence, with the conversion closing the gap to seven points.

But that was as close as the undermanned Kiwis could get as the scoreboard ticked over for Australia.

Reece Hodge scored his second try while fellow winger Marika Koroibete, who was equally as dangerous all night, also crossed.

Fullback Kurtley Beale iced the win with their sixth try in the 80th minute to allow the celebrations to begin.

The All Blacks host Australia at Eden Park on Saturday, August 17 with the winner of that clash lifting the Bledisloe Cup.

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