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  1. All Blacks crush Japan

    All Blacks crush Japan

    New Zealand ran riot as they crushed Japan 83-7 in their World Cup Pool A clash in Hamilton. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • New Zealand
    • Japan
    • 80' FULL-TIME! End to end stuff in added time and Sonny Bill Williams eventually kicks the ball into touch to boos as the crowd want to see more. Confidence builder for New Zealand ahead of their clash with France next Saturday.
    • 79' NZ 83-7 Japan - Two more for Slade, conversion number nine from 13.
    • 78' NZ 81-7 Japan - TRY NZ! - New Zealand attack from deep, working the ball wide to Kahui whose kick through behind the defence is perfect and Sonny Bill Williams has all the time in the world to touch down under the posts.
    • 77' NZ 76-7 Japan - Slade makes it a personal haul of 19 points.
    • 76' NZ 74-7 Japan - TRY NZ! - Cowan sees a gap and it is try number 12. The replacement scrum-half with a break and then a one-handed pass inside and Adam Thomson eventually crosses under the posts after more great support play.
    • 75' Williams hoists a crossfield kick, looking for his wing inside the 22, but straight into touch.
    • 74' Boric almost makes an immediate impact as Murray Williams' kick is charged down but he just can't hold on, knock on.
    • 73' Unforced error from Sione Talikavili Vatuvei in midfield, some tired bodies out there but the sub should be fresher than most.
    • 72' Anthony Boric on for Thorn.
    • 71' Tomoki Yoshida is on for the last 10 minutes.
    • 70' Yuta Imamura was injured in the build-up to that non-try and leaves the pitch on the cart.
    • 69' Excitement in the main stand as Hirotoki Onozawa crosses but referee Owens has called up play for a forward pass.
    • 68' Cracking run from Atsushi Hiwasa, he was named the emerging player of the Asian Five Nations. But Yuta Imamura knocks on.
    • 67' The penalty count is 10-8 in favour of Japan but it is NZ with the latest infringement and Japan are into home territory.
    • 66' With Shaun Webb coming on as a replacement for Japan, this is the first RWC encounter between a Webb and an Ellis.
    • 64' Japan have introduced Hiroki Yuhara, Sione Talikavili Vatuvei, Kensuke Hatakeyama and Yuji Kitagawa.
    • 63' Piri Weepu on for Ellis, Jimmy Cowan for Toeava and John Afoa for Owen Franks in the front row.
    • 62' Again Slade misses the extras.
    • 61' NZ 69-7 Japan - TRY NZ! - Outrageous stuff from Sonny Bill Williams, he comes in off the right wing and steps inside two defenders with one hand on the ball before the simple pass to Nonu who scores in the corner.
    • 60' This time Slade misses the conversion.
    • 59' NZ 64-7 Japan - TRY NZ! - Sublime interplay once more from NZ with Ellis' sniping run and then Nonu involved who allows Andrew Hore to cross from close range.
    • 58' NZ 59-7 Japan - And Murray Williams' conversion drifts nicely between the posts.
    • 57' NZ 59-5 Japan - TRY JAPAN! - Slade's offload at halfway is poached by Hirotoki Onozawa who has no-one around him and the veteran rumbles over for a consolation try.
    • 56' NZ 59-0 Japan - Two more for Slade from in front of the posts.
    • 55' NZ 57-0 Japan - TRY NZ! - But a Japan turnover and it is another NZ try. Ellis kicks the ball away, Kahui collects the ball on the left wing and a few offloads later it is Isaia Toeava under the posts.
    • 54' Another concerted passage of play for Japan and a good break from Michael Leitch.
    • 53' But the Brave Blossoms are penalised and their best chance of a try tonight is spurned.
    • 52' Japan spurn the three points on offer after a NZ penalty and go for the lineout 5m from the line.
    • 51' NZ 52-0 Japan - Two more for Slade from in front of the posts.
    • 50' NZ 50-0 Japan - TRY NZ! - Woodcock and Hore are held up just short of the line so Ellis feeds the back and it is that man Sonny Bill Williams who makes an immediate impression, coming off the wing and collecting Slade's switch pass to cross under the posts.
    • 49' Toeava kicks through and looks to gather to score but Takehisa Usuzuki just does enough to deny the All Blacks an eighth try.
    • 48' Alisi Tupuailai replaces Koji Taira in the Japan midfield.
    • 47' NZ 45-0 Japan - Slade makes it five from eight with the conversion.
    • 46' NZ 43-0 Japan - TRY NZ! - A second try for Richard Kahui. Confident pass from Slade and he scores his fourth World Cup try of the tournament as the Japanese defence is sucked in.
    • 45' Double change as Sonny Bill Williams and Andrew Hore replace Jane and Mealamu.
    • 44' Stop start so far as Japan are penalised for illegal binding so NZ go for another scrum.
    • 43' An accurate fly hack from Jane down the right wing would have seen either him or Nonu over for the try but he shanks into touch.
    • 42' The All Blacks scored six tries in the first-half, half as many as they managed in 1995 against Japan.
    • 41' Here we go for the second period.
    • 40' HALF-TIME! One way traffic and New Zealand totally rampant.
    • 39' Every time Nonu gets the ball there are alarm bells in the Japan defence but he knocks on this time.
    • 38' The Japan front row collapses again and they are pegged near their own 22 once more.
    • 37' Hirotoki Onozawa is now Japan’s most capped World Cup player, this is his 10th RWC appearance. It could be a long evening for him.
    • 36' NZ 38-0 Japan - And he converts his own score.
    • 35' NZ 36-0 Japan - TRY NZ! - The All Blacks are running riot and this time it is Slade with the try. Another superb back-line move from the Kiwis which started deep inside their own half.
    • 34' NZ 31-0 Japan - No problems for Slade from in front of the posts.
    • 33' NZ 29-0 Japan - TRY NZ! - Scything out to in run from Conrad Smith and back inside to Ellis who touches down under the posts for the All Blacks' fifth try.
    • 32' Nozomu Fujita penalised as the Japan front row collapses and Slade kicks into the Japan 22.
    • 30' NZ 24-0 Japan - Slade makes it two kicks from five to a sigh of relief.
    • 29' NZ 22-0 Japan - TRY NZ! - Another charge from Nonu through tackles and he finds Jane before the ball goes back over to the left where local boy Keven Mealamu scores his first try in the World Cup.
    • 27' James Arlidge was one of the standout players of the opening round at fly-half - scoring all of Japan's points. But he sits out the clash in a bid to keep key players fit. Murray Williams and Atsushi Hiwasa are the chosen half-back pairing and the latter is penalised for not putting into the scrum straight.
    • 26' Japan received two blows prior to today's clash with the news that No.8 Ryukoliniashi Holani and lock Justin Ives were both ruled out of the competition.
    • 24' 14 phases but Ellis makes a nuisance at the breakdown and Japan are penalised. The Brave Blossoms struggled to get over the gain line.
    • 23' 11 phases for Japan but not yet inside the NZ 22.
    • 22' Kirwan has opted to make ten changes in personnel for the clash and Highlanders back-row Takashi Kikutani, who continues as captain, is looking to make inroads. Some progress in midfield.
    • 21' Audible groans as Slade misses another kick.
    • 20' NZ 17-0 Japan - TRY NZ! - NZ recycle the ball and through a pile of bodies it is Jerome Kaino who scores the hosts' third try. He forces his way over after picking the ball up off the back of a ruck.
    • 19' Adam Thomson wins the line-out and eventually Ma'a Nonu finds Cory Jane on the right wing who is held up 5m short.
    • 18' Six missed tackles already by Japan, gifting NZ territory.
    • 17' Japan have only won one game in the World Cup - against Zimbabwe back in 1991 - and they won't improve that stat today.
    • 16' Slade's kick from the left touchline is not close.
    • 15' NZ 12-0 Japan - TRY NZ! - The All Blacks look to outmuscle Japan with an old fashioned maul and then they release the backs with the ball going all the way across to the left flank where Richard Kahui touches down.
    • 14' Hirotoki Onozawa has kept his place on the left wing but is penalised for not rolling away in the tackle and Slade's kick means NZ will have lineout ball inside the Japan 22.
    • 13' New Zealand's average winning margin in Rugby World Cup pool matches is 50.8 points, more than any other team.
    • 12' Japan spread the ball wide and they go through six phases before a knock-on nd Ellis clears his lines.
    • 11' Cory Jane penalised for not releasing the tackler and Japan have lineout ball on the NZ 22.
    • 10' Carter misses out because of a back problem, the home fans hope he returns to fitness very soon.
    • 9' No, it drifts wide of the left post.
    • 8' Michael Leitch penalised for offside and Slade will have a kick at goal in front of the posts.
    • 7' Early problems for Tony Woodcock with his binding in the scrum and the Brave Blossoms can clear their lines.
    • 6' Short side attack from NZ inside the Japan 22 but Atsushi Hiwasa is quick to harrass Ellis who fails to provide clean ball.
    • 5' Try scorer Smith is becoming the 40th All Black to play 50 Tests and has started with Ma'a Nonu in the centres in a NZ record 31 Tests.
    • 4' NZ 7-0 Japan - Andy Ellis partners Carter's replacement Colin Slade in the half-backs. and the latter, in just his third start, adds the conversion.
    • 3' NZ 5-0 Japan - TRY NZ! - Turnover at halfway by Japan and they are made to pay. Superb passing as Victor Vito charges through and feeds Ma'a Nonu who in turn finds Toeava before Conrad Smith crosses.
    • 2' Isaia Toeava's first kick is straight into touch but Itaru Taniguchi knocks on inside the NZ 22.
    • 1' And away we go as Murray Williams kicks-off for Japan.
    • 08:59 Time for the Haka!
    • 08:57 Before the match there is a pause for the victims of the Christchurch earthquake and the Sendai tsunami.
    • 08:55 Japan: 15-Taihei Ueda, 14-Takehisa Usuzuki, 13-Koji Taira, 12-Yuta Imamura, 11-Hirotoki Onozawa, 10-Murray Williams, 9-Atsushi Hiwasa, 8-Takashi Kikutani(c), 7-Michael Leitch, 6-Itaru Taniguchi, 5-Toshizumi Kitagawa, 4-Hitoshi Ono, 3-Nozomu Fujita, 2-Yusuke Aoki, 1-Naoki Kawamata.
    • 08:55 New Zealand: 15-Isaia Toeava, 14-Cory Jane, 13-Conrad Smith, 12-Ma'a Nonu, 11-Richard Kahui, 10-Colin Slade, 9-Andy Ellis, 8-Victor Vito, 7-Adam Thomson, 6-Jerome Kaino, 5-Sam Whitelock, 4-Brad Thorn, 3-Owen Franks, 2-Keven Mealamu (captain), 1-Tony Woodcock.
    • 08:50 Today's officials: referee: Nigel Owens (Wales); assistant referees: Alain Rolland (Ireland), Jérôme Garces (France); television match official: Giulio De Santis (Italy) More on Nigel Owens
    • 08:45 We are in Hamilton today - New Zealand's fourth largest urban area, in the Waikato Region of the North Island, and approximately 130km south of Auckland. More on the Waikato Stadium
    • 08:40 The hosts looked much sharper than France in their opening 41-10 victory over Tonga last Friday and, although they might not match the 145-17 scoreline they racked up against the Japanese at the 1995 World Cup, anything but a comfortable victory would be a shock. Team Guide: New Zealand
    • 08:35 Coached by former All Black great John Kirwan, the Japanese tested the French in their opening match but still came away from Albany 47-21 losers. Team Guide: Japan
    • 08:30 New Zealand return to the World Cup fray without Richie McCaw and Dan Carter as they take on Japan in Hamilton. I'm Lee Walker and I will be your guide to this morning's action. Follow me on Twitter
  • Summary

    New Zealand versus Japan
    Smith 3’, Kahui 16’, 45’, Kaino 22’, Mealamu 30’, Ellis 35’, Slade 36’, Williams 51’, 79’, Toeava 56’, Hore 61’, Nonu 63’, Thomson 77’ Tries Onozawa 58’
    Slade 4’, 31’, 35’, 37’, 46’, 51’, 57’, 77’, 79’ Conversions Williams 58’
      Penalties  
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • New Zealand

    Manager: Graham Henry

    On the Field

    • Woodcock
    • Mealamu Try Substitution Out (44′)
    • Franks Substitution Out (63′)
    • Thorn Substitution Out (72′)
    • Whitelock
    • Kaino Try
    • Thomson Try
    • Vito Substitution Out (57′)
    • Ellis Try Substitution Out (62′)
    • Slade Try
    • Kahui Tries×2
    • Nonu Try
    • Smith Try
    • Jane Substitution Out (44′)
    • Toeava Try Substitution Out (62′)

    Subs

    • Hore Substitution In (44′) Try
    • Williams Substitution In (57′)
    • Weepu Substitution In (62′)
    • Afoa Substitution In (63′)
    • Cowan Substitution In (62′)
    • Williams Substitution In (44′) Tries×2
    • Boric Substitution In (72′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • Japan

    Manager: John Kirwan

    On the Field

    • Kawamata
    • Aoki Substitution Out (64′)
    • Fujita Substitution Out (60′)
    • Ono
    • Kitagawa Substitution Out (60′)
    • Taniguchi
    • Leitch
    • Kikutani Substitution Out (59′)
    • Hiwasa
    • Williams
    • Onozawa Try
    • Imamura Substitution Out (71′)
    • Taira Substitution Out (46′)
    • Usuzuki
    • Ueda Substitution Out (52′)

    Subs

    • Yoshida Substitution In (71′)
    • Yuhara Substitution In (64′)
    • Hatakeyama Substitution In (60′)
    • Tupuailei Substitution In (46′)
    • Kitagawa Substitution In (60′)
    • Webb Substitution In (52′)
    • Vatuvei Substitution In (59′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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