New Zealand vs Tonga
3:35am Saturday 7th September
Winger George Bridge scored four attempts as Tonga 92-7 in their last game overwhelmed before defending their Rugby World Cup name in Japan while centre Ryan Crotty and Ben Smith scored annually.
Bridge try was one of eight scored from the All Blacks in the first half an hour, after as New Zealand attracted their tally to 14 for the game and he added in the second half.
Smith scored both of his attempts at the first half, carrying his way back to form with timing ahead of New Zealand’s World Cup opener against South Africa at Yokohama on September 21.
Beauden Barrett kicked seven positions, playing just the first half, and four were additional by Josh Ioane after getting over the goal.
New Zealand fell short of their record winning margin against Tonga which still stands in 2000 in 102-0.
Tonga, ranked 15 in the world, revealed an indomitable spirit by scoring the attempt of the game and carrying New Zealand scoreless for the past 15 minutes.
New Zealand took eight minutes to score their first try as on the ball barely touched since they played in the first half into a stiff breeze, and the floodgates opened of
Bridge recorded his second attempt by grabbing because the scoreline mounted 24, and also operating in unopposed.
Hooker Codie Taylor, scrum-half T.J. Perenara, and rear rows Matt Todd, Ardie Savea and captain Kieran Read also scored before the All Blacks’ attack fizzled toward the end of the match.
“It’s our past hit-out together and I figure we’ve got two months between now and our initial (World Cup) game,” Read said.
“It was very important we just kept building and it’s the fascinating part from here .
“We only wanted to keep control. You’ve got to earn the right to evaluate tries as if we did and should wingers are scoring tries on the sideline which usually means you are doing a good job on the inside.”
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