Beauden Barrett scored 17 points as New Zealand completed a Bledisloe Cup clean sweep with a 37-20 win over Australia in Yokohama.
The two sides were playing at the venue that will host the Rugby World Cup final next year.
Despite the 17-point winning margin, New Zealand did not have it all their own way and were made to work by their rivals.
Flanker Liam Squire and captain Kieran Read crossed in the first half, adding to Barrett’s boot, before Sefa Naivalu’s 39-minute try made sure that Australia were in touching distance, 17-10, at the break.
With a quarter to play the Wallabies remained in the game, 20-13 down, however a yellow card to Tolu Latu on 66 minutes allowed Steve Hansen’s outfit to put some gloss on the board.
The All Blacks finished with tries from Ben Smith and Rieko Ioane which countered Israel Folau’s effort and, as a result, go into their forthcoming tour on a positive note.
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