Wallabies are winless and pointless
THE Wallabies Eden Park hoodoo is showing no signs of vanishing anytime soon.
Judging on the dreadful performance in Auckland on Saturday night that is.
The All Blacks secured the Bledisloe Cup for the 10th consecutive year with a 22-0 win, a defeat which means the Wallabies have now lost all 14 games they have played at the venue since 1986.
If that was not bad enough for Aussie fans to stomach, then surely knowing Will Genia's team had suffered the indignity of being the first team in 50 years not to score a point in a Bledisloe Cup was hard to swallow.
Not since the All Blacks won 3-0 in Dunedin in 1962 had those who wear the green and gold failed to register a single point in 80 minutes.
But zero also has another meaning for the Wallabies and it does not make for great reading.
The Wallabies are now the only team without a point in the Rugby Championship and are bottom of the four-team ladder following Argentina's 16-all draw with South Africa in Mendoza yesterday.
Genia, who was leading the team in the absence of the injured David Pocock, said even when the All Blacks led 9-0 at half-time, he and his players thought the game was far from lost.
"We thought we were still in it," he said. "We wanted to make a good start in the second half, but they got the first points and they're a team when they smell blood, they take it.
"You have to give credit to this All Blacks side, they're a great team and they have achieved so much.
"They're going to turn up every week and to be honest I think we got taught a lesson."
The Wallabies have a chance to make amends for Saturday's performance when they tackle the All Blacks in the third Bledisloe Cup Test in Brisbane on October 20 - it is not part of the Rugby Championship.
To complete a disastrous trip across the ditch, NSW winger Drew Mitchell is facing another stint on the sidelines after re-injuring his right ankle.
Mitchell, who was out for 18 months after injuring his right leg in the Super Rugby clash with the Reds in 2011, hobbled off before half-time and coach Robbie Deans said yesterday that Mitchell had next to no chance of playing against South Africa in Perth on September 8.
New Zealand: 22 (Israel Dagg try; Dan Carter con, 5 pens)