WATCH: New Zealand rout Canada 63-0 in RWC 2019
The reigning World Champions took on the 22nd ranked team Canada in Oita.
Canada were soundly beaten by Italy in their opening game while the All Blacks overcame the Springboks with a clinical display. In another mark on the history books, the trio of Barrett brothers became the first sibling trio to start for the Kiwis in the World Cup and just the second ever in history.
As is custom, the All Blacks performed their ceremonial Haka just before kickoff as the silent crowd watched on.
Kick off ensued and few if any people in the stadium would have backed Canada to win and so it proved to be as the All Blacks manifested a ruthless, ravenous craving for victory leaving Canada helpless but to watch as they were shredded under the closed roof at Oita.
New Zealand 63-0 Canada: Watch highlights below
Four minutes into the game and New Zealand had a mark on the scoreboard with a penalty try after captain Kieran Read pulled off some silky skills at the base of the scrum before grounding the ball just short of the line. The ref eventually intervened as the All Black machine settled into gear.
Four minutes later and lustrous rugby was put on show by the team in black as Jordie Barrett found himself in acres of space following a sagacious pass from Richie Mo'unga. 14-0 it stood and the game had all the makings of a rout taking shape.
17 minutes in and it was more of the same as Sonny Bill Williams rode a tackle to score an easy try. Mo'unga converted to take the score to 21-0.
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21 minutes into the game and the crowd were roaring for a bursting run from Canada's Peter Nelson who was free and heading for the try line only to be tackled by Beauden Barrett as the move crumbled. The All Blacks were all over the North Americans and it showed.
37 minutes into the encounter and the second Barrett brother (Beauden) crossed the line for a try after a pass from Williams as New Zealand landed the bonus point. Mo'unga converted yet again for a score of 28-0 as halftime arrived.
The second half soon rumbled into life and the Kiwis began just as they ended the first with a converted try just 42 seconds after the whistle blew. Williams sliced through a gap before feeding Rieko Ioane who touched down on the wing. In what had been a flawless conversion rate so far, Mo'unga grabbed the three points for a score of 35-0.
Tries were raining down thick and fast in Oita as the third Barrett brother (Scott) crossed the line with a try after Mo'unga sped past a tackle to offload to Kieran Read who found Barrett who scored. With the conversion tucked away, the scoreline read 42-0 in the 44th minute.
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47 minutes in and the relentless scoring kept going with another try, this time, for Shannon Frizell who was fed by Loane after beating some tired Canadian defenders.
Have mercy! Two minutes later and it was Brad Weber's chance to bring up the half century for New Zealand after good work from Barrett. Mo'unga converted again for a burgeoning scoreline of 56-0. The Canadians had conceded 28 points in 10 minutes.
56 minutes in and another converted try arrived courtesy of Weber who racked up his second try of the game despite being on the pitch for only 16 minutes. 63-0 the scoreline stood with more than 20 minutes to play.
70 minutes in and Ardie Savea became the first player in WC history to wear protective goggles in a game as he entered as a substitute.
In the 80th minute, Barrett found himself free with the try line at his mercy but ended up spilling the ball forward as full-time arrived. And so it finished at Oita with the All Blacks securing the biggest win of the 2019 WC.
Following the game, NZ captain Kieran read spoke to the BBC:
"It was tough in the humidity under the roof but it was awesome to be a part of. We were dripping wet as soon as we started but it is something to work on as we know we will have those conditions later on [in the tournament]. There were positives in both halves but we made some mistakes too, so things to work on."
Canada need to pick themselves and dust off this game from memory as best they can and work to prepare for their next big showdown against South Africa.
— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) October 2, 2019
The All Blacks had made a statement here: they're hungry, determined and eager to keep the trophy within their grasp for the next four years and Canada were sadly at the receiving end of it. There's little doubt the Kiwis will finish top of the group and with matches coming up against Namibia and Italy next, possibly the biggest challenge for coach Steve Hansen will be curbing complacency within the squad after notching their 16th consecutive victory today.
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