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After a disappointing start to the Rugby World Cup with a loss to France, New Zealand made a stunning comeback in their second match, obliterating Namibia with a score of 71-3 at Stadium de Toulouse. This resounding victory marked their 50th win at the Rugby World Cup, a tournament they’ve dominated since its inception in 1987.
Ian Foster’s team, following their defeat to the tournament hosts, demonstrated their true prowess amidst the challenging conditions of Toulouse. Namibia, a team they had previously thrashed in 2015 and 2019, struggled to contend with the All Blacks’ speed, strength, and determination. The match also witnessed a setback for Namibia as center Le Roux Malan suffered a suspected leg break, prompting a temporary halt in play.
The All Blacks were ruthless in securing a bonus-point victory before halftime, with several players contributing to the scoreboard. Iconic lock Sam Whitelock earned his 148th Test cap, equalling Richie McCaw as the most-capped All-Black in history.
With the bonus-point victory in the bag, New Zealand’s focus now shifts to their upcoming clash with Italy in Pool A, a crucial match that could determine the second team to advance to the quarter-finals alongside France.
Pool A | New Zealand 71:3 Namibia
New Zealand Scores:
TRIES Cam Roigard (2′, 7′), Damian McKenzie (20′, 39′), Leicester Fainga’anuku (25′), Anton Lienert-Brown (35′), Ethan de Groot (48′), Dalton Papali’i (54′), David Havili (58′), Caleb Clarke (67′), Rieko Ioane (77′)
CONV Damian McKenzie (3′, 20′, 36′, 40′, 55′, 59′, 69′, 78′)
PENS Tiaan Swanepoel (11′)
Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
Man of the match:
Cam Roigard (New Zealand)
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