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If one-sided drubbings are your thing then Oita was the place to be, with New Zealand running in nine tries on their way to a 63-0 victory over Canada. The sweaty conditions and a spirited, but hugely outclassed Canada side, were merely small speed bumps as the All Blacks recorded the largest win of the Rugby World Cup so far.
After only three Tests against ‘Tier 1’ sides in the last four years, Canada had no chance. This failure belonged to the system, not Kingsley Jones and his side.
All three Barrett brothers scored tries, the first time that has happened at a Rugby World Cup, on a night where there were only the most minor of quibbles for New Zealand. Not every chance was taken, including a bizarre spill from Beauden Barrett at the death with nothing but grass ahead of him, while replacement tighthead Nepo Laulala lasted less than half an hour, forcing Atu Moli to switch sides and fill in.
Some tries certainly came easier than others. Jordie Barrett had the air of someone waiting for a bus before casually strolling forward to collect Richie Mo’unga’s perfect cross-field kick in the corner, to make it 14-0 after nine minutes.
But even a crowd overwhelmingly in favour of the All Blacks wanted Canada fly-half Peter Nelson to out-sprint Beauden Barrett for what would have been a spectacular try from 60 metres out, roaring the Ulster back on before he was pulled down just short of the line. It proved to be their best opportunity of the match.
New Zealand would have had the bonus point secured after 32 minutes had Scott Barrett not spilled the ball mid-dive, the humidity working against him as even the All Blacks’ handling skills struggled under the Oita Stadium’s closed roof.
There was nothing wrong though with Sonny Bill Williams’ grubber kick for Beauden Barrett, bouncing up perfectly for the full-back to score under the sticks and make it 28-0.
New Zealand then shut the door on this contest within four minutes after the break. Williams broke through, after an outstanding catch by Mo’unga, to feed Rieko Ioane for his 24th try in 27 Tests, before Mo’unga’ excellent offload released Kieran Read, finding Scott Barrett on his inside to make it 42-0 to complete a brotherly hat-trick.
Brad Weber, on at half-time for Perenara, added a brace, benefiting from Beauden Barrett carving through and then a cute Mo’unga pass. After a number of chants from the stands for him to take the field Ardie Savea entered the fray with 10 minutes to go, becoming the first player to wear goggles at a Rugby World Cup, as Canada did their best to limit the damage.
Kieran Read speaks
Aw, look. It was bloody tough in this humidity under this roof. It was a tough game. I thought we were all quite slippery, to be honest. We were dripping wet even before kick-off. It’s something to work on, and know you’re going to get those conditions right. I think we’re happy with the way we started both halves, but we also slipped off there at the ends of each half as well. Things to work on, but in these conditions its tricky.
Full time NZ 63 CAN 0
Beauden Barrett proves that he wouldn’t have been caught after bombing 70m to touch down only for him to do a Scott and lose his hold on the ball 5m from the line. Canada fire it into touch and end the ordeal, nine tries down.
79 min NZ 63 CAN 0
Mo’unga chips a kick over the Canada defence, Jordie Barrett is alert and zips through the line to take possession and floods 20m into space. He has his brother Scott for support and offloads but the ball squirts out of his hands as he’s tackled. Had it been the other brother he wouldn’t have been caught.
78 min NZ 63 CAN 0
Read wins the lineout on the Canada throw and Canada’s last chance has gone.
77 min NZ 63 CAN 0
Atunaisa Moli is penalised for a neck-roll on Buydens. Canada kick for touch and have a lineout 18m from the NZ line.
75 min NZ 63 CAN 0
Paris goes off for a HIA and Van der Merwe returns.
74 min NZ 63 CAN 0
Ardie Savea, not now wearing his goggles, inadvertently hurts Taylor Paris as the two collided. Paris is struck on the head as he scrambled for a loose ball and collided with his knee.
72 min NZ 63 CAN 0
Knock-on by Weber after a break up the left following the scrum. Ben Smith sauntered past Coe but Nelson did well to spoil Weber’s hat-trick chance.
70 min NZ 63 CAN 0
The All Blacks empty their bench, making the final three replacements – Codie Taylor, Sam Whitelock and Ardie Savea come on.
69 min NZ 63 CAN 0
Tarinor spins out of a tackle, offloads one-handed to Paris who seems to drop it because he was having his arm tugged. That’s not the referee’s view, though. Scrum.
66 min NZ 63 CAN 0
Mo’unga falls heavily on his elbow when tackled. It forces the knock-on that chalks off Ioane’s ‘try’ as he ran over f om 5m and brings on the medics to treat him urgently. He seems OK and we resume with a scrum.
64 min NZ 63 CAN 0
The whippet-quick Paris of Castres grabs the ball 5m from his line when Jordie Barrett spills it in the tackle. He kicks it 40m, gives chase but he can’t beat Beauden Barrett to it nor tag him when he shimmies past. The sticky spray they must have applied to their hands at half-time seems to have worn off as both sides are now finding it difficult to hold once more.
61 min NZ 63 CAN 0
Mike Sheppard. Jake Ilnicki, Josh Larsen, Taylor Paris and Andrew Coe have all come on for Parfrey, Van der Merwe, Keith, Olmstead and Keys.
Brad Weber , who has just scored his maiden try, now doubles up. Scrum on halfway by the right roychline. Jordie Barrett steps up as first receiver, harpoons between Nelson and Hearn then tucks it inside to Mo’unga. The fly-half makes 10m and stands up a short pass into the substitute scrum-half’s run. He takes it in the bread basket and runs it in from 20m. Mo’unga maintains his perfect record with the boot.NZ 63 CAN 0
54 min NZ 56 CAN 0
Here’s Rieko Ioane going over.
Ryan Crotty, who has replaced Jack Goodhue, is penalised for a high tackle. Ben Smith is also on for Sonny Bill Williams.
Barely have time to write anything between these scores – not that there’s much point. Great catch from Mo’unga in the air. Brilliant handling of the high ball. He slips it inside to Beauden Barrett who bullocks 50m up the middle and,when Parfrey comes towards him as he has to, the 15 pops an inside pass to Weber who takes it the final 15m at unstoppable speed. Mo’unga slots the routine conversion.NZ 56 CAN 0
Shannon Frizell capitalises on Ioane’s excellent footwork breaking into the 22 with the No6 as his decoy. Having broken the gainline he flicks it to Frizell who continues his diagonal line to touch down 5m left of the posts. Mo’unga slots the conversion. Three tries in eight minutes.NZ 49 CAN 0
Now he is like the others. Scott Barrett joins his brothers. Mo’unga offloads one-handed perfectly as he’s tackled on 22. Read bounds 10m, draws the contact and before he’s hit pops it inside to the lock who gallops over the line and this time makes sure. Easy conversion for Mo’unga.NZ 42 CAN 0
Jordie Barrett plucks the ball out of Nelson’s grasp as they go up for a kick and offloads. Scott Barrett’s quick pass frees Sonny Bill Williams into space and he bombs forward from right to left, drawing two defenders before slipping in Ioane hurtling up the whitewash to take it the final 10m. Mo’Unga arcs in the conversion from the left touchline.NZ 35 CAN 0
41 min NZ 28 CAN 0
Two replacements – Brad Weber comes on at scrum-half for the ABs, replacing TJ Perenara. Andrew Qauttrin replaces hooker Eric Howard.
Ben Coles reports from Oita
Not a huge surprise to see the ball going down so often, Oita has felt sticky pretty much all day, although there are hints of a breeze from the two open parts of the stadium at the north and south ends.
Scott Barrett certainly won’t be happy though. This is a decent enough test for New Zealand who have been far from perfect, although the tries by Jordie Barrett and Beauden Barrett were particularly slick.
Half-time NZ 28 CAN 0
Three minutes of hope for Canada when they exploited a handling error bit couldn’t convert it into points and either side of that it’s been all New Zealand as expected. But for the humidity-inspired handling errors, they would have had at least a couple of more tries.
40 min NZ 28 CAN 0
Scott Barrett is penalised for coming in at the side. Canada find touch but NZ wrangle the ball off the field once the gong has sounded and jog off for an orange.
Perenara with the miss pass, cutting out Mo’unga after Read catches at the lineout. Williams dribbles a grubber through beyond the tryline and Beauden Barrett sprints through from 12m to dot down. Mo’unga nails the conversion from in f0int of the posts and NZ have their bonus point. NZ 28 CAN 0.
37 min NZ 21 CAN 0
CAnada penalised at the scrum once more, NZ kick for a 5m lineout.
34 min NZ 21 CAN 0
Free-kick for Canada from the scrum and Nelson makes 50m with his punt to touch. NZ run it back from the lineout and its Scott Barrett’s partner at lock whose handling wrecks another attack. Perenara passed to him perhaps too early and Tuipulotou spilled it.
32 min NZ 21 CAN 0
Scott Barrett pierces the Canada defence 10m from the line after the All Blacks run it through the hands of the backs. He dives for the line but the ball squirts out of his grasp before he can ground it. Canada 5m scrum.
30 min NZ 21 CAN 0
Read hits Lucas Rumball with a monster tackle that will have rattled his ancestors’ bones and dislodges the slippery ball. So many handling errors tonight. Rieko Ioane has dropped the bar of Pears twice so far.
28 min NZ 21 CAN 0
Canada need to contain their disappointment at not exploiting the error and the superb play of their half-back and five-eighth. They also have to strain every sinew to avoid scrum penalties. Beauden Barrett picks up Haern’s mollygrubber under pressure inside the NZ 22 after more superb work from McRorie and Nelson in punching a hole between Mo’unga and Williams. .
26 min NZ 21 CAN 0
The All Blacks defend the maul from the 5m lineout superbly, force Canada into holding on and earn a scrum from which they are immediately awarded a penalty.
NZ substitution – Nepo Laulala replaces Angus Ta’avao.
24 min NZ 21 CAN 0
McRorie picks off Goodhue’s pass and bursts 20m forward, slips a pass inside to Nelson who spurts 40m with only Beauden Barrett to beat in front of him. He swerves left and right. He runs out of gas 5m from the line and Barrett fells him but doesn’t release. he gets away with it. Back come the All Blacks in a swarm to defend and they hold Canada up through several attempts to pick and go. They can’t penetrate the line defence but will take the penalty for Read’s no-arms tackle.
22 min NZ 21 CAN 0
Canada are penalised for the early hit at the scrum, NZ kick for touch and are back on the opposition’s 22.
20 min NZ 21 CAN 0
The clock goes off for 50 seconds while Sears-Duru receives treatment before a Canada scrum for, I think, Todd’s forward pass.
Terrific from Williams who takes Perenara’s slick pass from 15m, hitches inside and powers through a tackle to put the ball down a metre to the left of the posts. Mo’unga slots the conversion.
NZ 21 CAN 0.
16 min NZ 14 CAN 0
Conor Trainor and Jeff Hassler defend magnificently to prevent a dive to the line from 5m, forcing the player into touch before he could ground the ball. Canada lineout.
15 min NZ 14 CAN 0
Beauden BArrett expects too much of Jordie with an early pass as the two race down the right. It sends him into the heart of the drift defence and he is forced into touch on 5m. Canada win the line out and Nelson punts it precisely and powerfully into touch between the 10m line and halfway.
11 min NZ 14 CAN 0
Goodhue drops Perenara’s pass from the kick-off but it goes backwards. Canada enjoy half a minute of possession until Jordie Barrett halts Hearn. Nelson hangs up a high kick that Beauden Barrett cannot catch cleanly but NZ exploit CAnada’s poor kicking to launch another attack.
Jordie Barrett leaps unmarked to catch Mo’unga’s left-to right crossfield to spot down, exploiting Canada’s narrow defence. NZ had punched a hole up the left through Atu Moli’s break with help from Scott Barrett and Sonny Bill Williams. Mo’unga converts from the right. NZ 14 CAN 0
6 min NZ 7 CAN 0
Van der Merwe has a burst up the left after a turnover where he is stopped by Frizell and Read after only a couple of strides.
NZ penalty try!
NZ’s scrum drives over. Read keeps it in playing football and although he doesn’t cross the line, Poite awards a penalty try because of hands in the scrum.
4 min NZ 0 CAN 0
It takes more than a minute to set the scrum to Poite’s liking as CAnada try to hit early. NZ have split their backs, two on the right under Beauden Barrett’s aegis, four on the left with Mo’unga.
2 min NZ 0 CAN 0
Slick passing and movement inside allows New Zealand to penetrate the defensive line, Perenara slipping it to Tood who runs a terrific line to take it to 5m but Canada manage
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