Aug 16, 2014 at 11.05am UK
Australia
12-12
New Zealand
 
FT

Result: Australia, New Zealand kick to draw

Kurtley Beale and Aaron Cruden kick Australia and New Zealand to a 12-12 draw in the Rugby Championship.

Australia and New Zealand have played to a 12-12 draw in their opening fixture in the Rugby Championships this afternoon, with neither side scoring a try.

Three first-half penalties from Aaron Cruden left the All Blacks with a 9-3 lead at the end of a first half which saw limited opportunities for both sides.

Rob Simmons of the Wallabies passes during The Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at ANZ Stadium on August 16, 2014© Getty Images

However, Wyatt Crockett was sent to the sin bin shortly before the break, leaving New Zealand a man short at the start of the second half.

Australia made the most of their advantage, setting up Kurtley Beale for two penalties to level the scores in the 55th minute.

Cruden restored the world champions' lead just four minutes later, but discipline cost the team again when Beauden Barrett was shown a yellow card.

Australia had a penalty as a result of Barrett's error, which allowed Beale to split the uprights again, getting the Wallabies back on level terms to secure the draw.

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