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New Zealand secured their place in the World Cup quarter-finals after a commanding 11-try victory over Uruguay in Lyon. Damian McKenzie, Richie Mo’unga, Will Jordan, and Cam Roigard led the scoring in a dominant first half.
Leicester Fainga’anuku’s second-half hat-trick put the All Blacks firmly in control, with Damian McKenzie shining as one of the standout performers. The outcome of their group depends on France’s performance against Italy; New Zealand is set to finish second in Pool A.
Their quarter-final opponent could be Ireland, Scotland, or defending champions South Africa, depending on the outcome of other matches. Uruguay, despite a valiant effort against France, Italy, and a second-half resurgence against Namibia, exits the tournament with pride.
Before the tournament, New Zealand, a two-time World Cup champion, faced doubts but showcased their strength with a remarkable 14-try, 96-point performance against Italy.
In Lyon, the stubborn Uruguayan defense initially challenged them, but Damian McKenzie’s brilliance rejuvenated the attack. McKenzie’s versatile skills, including a sublime assist for Will Jordan’s try, impressed, making a strong case for a starting spot.
Captain Sam Cane’s successful return bolstered New Zealand’s confidence as they advanced to the quarter-finals, reaffirming their World Cup contender status.
Pool A | New Zealand 73:0 Uruguay
New Zealand Scores:
TRIES Damian McKenzie (20′, 53′), Richie Mo’unga (25′), Will Jordan (33′, 65′), Cam Roigard (38′), Fletcher Newell (45′), Leicester Fainga’anuku (49′, 68′, 77′), Tamaiti Williams (73′)
CONV Richie Mo’unga (21′, 26′, 34′, 50′, 54′), Damian McKenzie (66′, 69′), Beauden Barrett (74′, 78′)
OL Stadium, Lyon
Man of the Match:
Damian McKenzie (New Zealand)
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