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All Blacks outclass Tonga in Rugby World Cup dress rehearsal. SKY SPORT
It became an all-too-easy affair, but All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says he got exactly what he was hoping for in the 92-7 romp against Tonga in Hamilton on Saturday.
The 14 tries-to-one rout under sunny skies at FMG Stadium Waikato sent the men in black off to the World Cup in ultimate style, jetting out on Monday for their quest at an historic third title.
Though, as the country watched George Bridge bag four tries, and the rest of his side team up for 10 others against a Tongan side who were their own worst enemy in falling off tackles, it was a wonder if this run around was actually going to be all that beneficial after all.
Fitted into the schedule to ensure New Zealand weren’t lacking game time like they did going into the last tournament, Hansen was satisfied this mismatch did its job, ahead of a huge opening pool game against the Springboks in Yokohama in a fortnight.
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“Yeah, everyone got a run, and no injuries,” he said. “We played some good footy, and got the opportunity to just cement some combinations again, and finish a good week’s work.
“We got rugby time. We got collision time, we got set piece time, we got time on the ball under pressure, and time on
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