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By Patrick McKendry in Oita City
The All Blacks have provided another reminder of the weaponry at their disposal at this World Cup with a demolition over Canada which while not unexpected was impressive nevertheless.
It wasn’t perfect here at Oita Stadium – it was never going to be – but they coped with the oppressively humid conditions better than probably any other side here with the exception of hosts Japan and in Beauden Barrett the All Blacks have perhaps the best all-round attacking player we have seen at this World Cup or perhaps any other.
After 60 minutes some sections of the crowd chanted “we want Ardie” – they wanted to see the newly-goggled loose forward Savea and why not (they got their wish after 70 minutes) – but there was a frisson every time fullback Barrett got the ball because the two-time world player of the year is in the form of his life. It will take a special performance from someone to deny him another this year.
He is truly special and is the near perfect player – his losing the ball after the gong with the line open was truly shocking. His covering tackle on No 10 Peter Nelson in Canada’s only attacking opportunity of the match sa
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