All Blacks pound Canada at World Cup

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - FOS­TER NIUMATA

OITA, JA­PAN — It was never all about the score for the All Blacks.

With every re­spect due to Canada, New Zealand had big­ger goals in mind for their Rugby World Cup pool match un­der the roof of the Oita Dome than the hand­some win that was ex­pected and de­liv­ered with breath­tak­ing blitzes at the start of each half on Wed­nes­day.

The 63-0 re­sult was a let-off for the out­gunned semi-pro­fes­sion­als from Canada, and an­other good night for New Zealand, ruth­lessly pour­ing eight tries, plus a penalty try, through a de­fence that missed 46 tack­les. Its sec­ond con­vinc­ing win from two matches pro­pelled it closer to mov­ing its ti­tle de­fence into the quar­ter­fi­nals.

The All Blacks had boxes to tick, and en­joyed mak­ing big ticks in them.

Dual play­mak­ers Richie Mo’unga at fly­half and Beau­den Bar­rett at full­back, play­ing their fifth test to­gether, ran rings around the Cana­di­ans. Mo’unga was the mae­stro di­rec­tor, and Bar­rett was bril­liant coun­ter­at­tack­ing from the back. Their scis­sors move from a scrum gave re­place­ment scrum-half Brad We­ber his sec­ond try. Mo’unga landed all eight of his goal­kicks, and one from the side­line drew gasps from the en­ter­tained crowd of 34,411.

The gulf in class be­tween the teams was ap­par­ent in the first minute as the All Blacks al­most scored from the kick­off, mak­ing Canada scram­ble to hold up TJ Per­e­nara be­tween the posts. The try even­tu­ally came in the fifth minute, a penalty try af­ter captain Kieran Read was in­ter­fered with while the All Blacks drove Canada’s scrum five me­ters back­wards over its try­line.

That ig­nited the All Blacks into quick tries by Jordie Bar­rett and Wil­liams, be­fore they all got sloppy. But they were dom­i­nat­ing al­most every cat­e­gory and mak­ing most of the run­ning. The All Blacks would make 15 han­dling er­rors, while achiev­ing 94 car­ries over the gain-line to Canada’s 29.

Canada’s all-time record against rugby’s roy­alty fell to 06-0, with four of those losses com­ing at the World Cup. It marked Canada’s first shutout at the hands of the All Blacks although the Cana­dian men have con­ceded more points to New Zealand on four oc­ca­sions, los­ing 73-7 (in 1995), 68-8 (at the 2003 World Cup), 64-13 (in ’07) and 79-15 (at the ’11 World Cup). In all, New Zealand has outscored Canada 376-54.

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