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New Zealand beat Italy 96:17

Rugby World Cup 2023 | Match Centre | New Zealand 96:17 Italy

New Zealand delivered a sensational performance in Pool A, overwhelming Italy with an astonishing 96-17 victory, making a powerful statement on their journey towards the World Cup quarter-finals.

The All Blacks, aware that a loss would eliminate them from the competition, wasted no time and sprinted to an electrifying 49-3 lead by halftime. Scrum-half Aaron Smith’s remarkable hat-trick in just 33 minutes added to the spectacle.

To secure their spot in the knockout stage, the All Blacks need a triumph over Uruguay in their final pool match. Meanwhile, Italy’s hopes of reaching their first World Cup quarter-final hinge on defeating hosts France in their upcoming game.

New Zealand’s win propelled them to second place in Pool A, tied on points with Italy but boasting a superior head-to-head record.

This victory underscores New Zealand’s formidable presence in the tournament, with their earlier uncertainty dispelled by successive wins, including a dominant 71-3 victory over Namibia.

It marked the largest triumph at this year’s World Cup and their most significant victory since their 2007 demolition of Portugal, where they won 108-13.

The All Blacks showcased their prowess from the get-go, with Will Jordan’s spectacular corner try setting the tone, supported by outstanding plays from Beauden Barrett, Mark Telea, and Ardie Savea.

The result was a crushing blow to Italy and a resounding reaffirmation of New Zealand’s status as a tournament favorite.

Match Summary

Pool A | New Zealand 96:17 Italy

New Zealand Scores:

TRIES Will Jordan (6′, 69′), Aaron Smith (17′, 27′, 34′), Mark Telea (19′), Ardie Savea (22′, 45′), Brodie Retallick (50′), Dalton Papali’i (56′), Dane Coles (61′, 73′), Damian McKenzie (67′), Anton Lienert-Brown (76′)
CONV Richie Mo’unga (8′, 18′, 20′, 23′, 28′, 35′, 46′, 51′, 57′), Damian McKenzie (69′, 71′, 74′, 76′)

Italy Scores:

TRIES Ange Capuozzo (48′), Montanna Ioane (81′)
CONV Tommaso Allan (49′), Paolo Garbisi (83′)
PENS Tommaso Allan (10′)
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Matthew Carley

Man of the match:

Ardie Savea (New Zealand)


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