All Blacks embarrass Japan in Cup rout
New Zealand pummelled hapless Japan 83-7 Friday in an embarrassingly
one-sided rout which brought back the horrors of World Cups past for
Asia’s top team.
The makeshift All Blacks, with Richie McCaw, Dan Carter and Mils
Muliania among those missing injured, scored 13 tries at a rate of one
every six minutes to evoke memories of the Bloemfontein massacre of
1995, when they won 145-17.
The performance, at a packed but unexcited Waikato Stadium, was by
far the heaviest defeat in a World Cup which has so far been notable for
the giant strides smaller teams have made to catch up with the
New Zealand were on the board with their first attack when Ma’a Nonu
and Isaia Toeava set up Conrad Smith for a score wide left, in an
ominous start to a half which yielded six tries by six different players
Richard Kahui ran in the second 12 minutes later, Jerome Kaino went
over from a ruck and stand-in captain Keven Mealamu swatted away a
defender on the line before Andy Ellis and Colin Slade scored within a
minute of each other.
Nonu was striding through the Japan defenders at will, while the
Brave Blossoms wilted each time they had the ball and went into the
break 38-0 down after spending less than five minutes in their
The scoreboard was static for only five second-half minutes when
Kahui got his second before rugby league-cum-boxing star Sonny Bill
Williams, introduced for winger Cory Jane, strode over for his first All
Toeava went over before fly-half Slade dished up the ball in a tackle
to Japan veteran Hirotoki Onozawa for an intercept try which made him
only the 15th player to score in three World Cups.
Slade, Nonu, Andrew Hore and Adam Thomson were also in on the action
and Williams got a second before referee Nigel Owens ended the torture
for Japan, who had impressed with a brave performance against France in
their first game. AFP