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Rugby World Cup: 14 tries, nearly 100 points... New Zealand pulverizes Italy


Highlights: New Zealand defeated Italy 96-17 on Friday night in Lyon. The All Blacks scored 14 tries, including a hat-trick from Aaron Smith. Italy remains in the second division of the Rugby World Cup. New Zealand will now face France or South Africa in the quarter-finals of the tournament in a week's time. The Blues should have no trouble finishing first in their pool, even without Antoine Dupont, right here in Lyon in a a week. The future world champions will most likely be to look for among these 4 teams.

The All Blacks defeated very weak Italians (96-17) on Friday night in Lyon. The three-time world champions impressed, the T's

A huge gap class. And a very big slap in the face of Italian rugby. The opening defeat of the All Blacks against France and the transalpine progress over the last two years had revived the suspense before this New Zealand-Italy match, this Friday night in Lyon. It didn't even last 10 minutes. Time for Will Jordan to plant a first acrobatic try for the All Blacks. This was followed by a New Zealand offensive avalanche, and an open house evening for Paolo Garbisi's teammates.

The executives All Blacks feasted. Captain Ardie Savea crossed the pitch, then scored unopposed after a touchdown and behind a ruck before the break. Playmaker Aaron Smith walks behind his pack and goes for his hat-trick after just 34 minutes of play. Opener Richie Mo'unga misses no transformation and feasts in the cast. And the Barrett brothers, Scott, Jordie and Beauden, are in all the good shots. Result: 49.3 at half-time, 7 tries scored, close the bench.

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The Squadra Azzurra had won the pre-match in the stands, in a glowing Groupama Stadium after a Fratelli d'Italia shouted by a stadium of 57,000 mostly transalpine spectators. The Blacks responded with their traditional haka, the Ka Mate, and their newfound rugby, made of passes after contacts, flashes of genius and spaces devoured every millimeter left free by Italians at bay.

An Angel passes, and then nothing

The mini-burst of transalpine pride was nothing but a flash in the pan. An Angel passes, then nothing, again. The star Capuozzo saves the honor with his jump of the angel in goal (49-10, 49th). And immediately after the Blacks unroll. Real rugby players have fun and investigate: all their succeeds, the touches won, the miraculous passes in the timing ... New Zealand artists are born with an oval ball in their hands, Italians seem to have lead in their feet. Seven more tries after that of the Italians, the match turns to an unprecedented correction or almost, close to the 101-3 of 1999 against these same New Zealanders.

There is something to be sad for the Italians in this one-sided match from which there are ultimately few lessons to be learned. But something to rejoice for the rest of the competition. With a Squadra at this level, Fabien Galthié's Blues should have no trouble finishing first in their pool, even without Antoine Dupont, right here in Lyon in a week.

And the quarter-finals that would then loom will be all the more enticing: the France-South Africa, first. But also a huge Ireland-New Zealand, not to be missed under any circumstances. The future world champions will most likely be to look for among these 4 teams. Italy remains in the second division for the time being.

New Zealand - Italy 96-17

(Half-time: 49.3)

New Zealand. 14 tries (Jordan 6th, 70th, Smith 17th, 27th, 34th, Telea 19th, Savea 22nd, 40th + 5, Retallick 50th, Papali'i 56th, Coles 61st, 73rd, McKenzie 67th, Lienert-Brown 76th). 13 conversions (Mo'unga 7th, 17th, 20th, 23rd, 28th, 34th, 40th + 6, 50th, 56th, McKenzie 67th, 70th, 73rd, 76th).

Italy. 2 tries (Capuozzo 48th, Ioane 80th). 2 conversions (Allan 48th, Garbisi 80th). 1 penalty (Allan 10th).

Source: leparis

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