Sport24.co.za | Have you ever seen the All Blacks this badly beaten stats-wise?

Cape Town – We all know there’s only ONE statistic that really counts in any rugby match – the final score.

WATCH: All Blacks lock Scott Barrett sees red!

Therefore, if you’re an All Blacks fan, you may wish to forget Saturday’s Rugby Championship / Bledisloe I clash against Australia as quickly as possible!

Sure, the All Blacks will be quick to point to the red card brandished by French referee Jerome Garces to lock Scott Barrett in the shadows of half-time having an impact of the final score BUT even the die-hardest (yes, it’s a word) of All Blacks supporters would be hard-pressed to argue that the far, far superior team on the day wasn’t the winner.

After 80 minutes the scoreboard in Perth read: Australia 47, New Zealand 26.

A hiding in anyone’s book and yet another damning indicator that the All Blacks’ aura of invincibility has well and truly popped in recent times – and most worrying for the back-to-back Rugby World Cup winners, no more than six weeks away from the defence of said mantle.

Frustratingly, far too often we see SANZAAR’s post-match stats showing that defending without the ball leads to victory.

Tries win matches – and what puts bums on seats – so kudus to World Rugby for doing “most” things right in passing laws to favour teams willing to attack.

On Saturday the Wallabies’ 80-minute performance thankfully showed as much.

ON ATTACK

METRES CARRIED

Australia – 703

New Zealand – 492

CARRIES

Australia – 196

New Zealand – 123

DEFENDERS BEATEN

Australia – 38

New Zealand – 30

CLEAN BREAKS

Australia – 22

New Zealand – 16

PASSES

Australia – 204

New Zealand – 188

OFFLOADS

Australia – 13

New Zealand – 11

POSSESSION

Australia – 65%

New Zealand – 35%

ON DEFENCE

TACKLES

Australia – 110

New Zealand – 198

MISSED TACKLES

Australia – 30

New Zealand – 38

BREAKDOWN

RUCKS WON

Australia – 146

New Zealand – 72

PENALTIES CONCEDED

Australia – 4

New Zealand 8

RED CARDS

Australia – 0

New Zealand – 1

FINAL SCORE?

Australia – 47

New Zealand – 26

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