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All Blacks beat Pool C minnows at the Olympic Stadium

By Andy Sims

Published 24/09/2015

New Zealand's Malakai Fekitoa (left) is halted by the tackle of Namibia's Johan Deysel (right) during the Rugby World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London.
New Zealand's Malakai Fekitoa (left) is halted by the tackle of Namibia's Johan Deysel (right) during the Rugby World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London.
New Zealand's centre Ma'a Nonu (R) evades Namibia's centre Johan Deysel during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
New Zealand's hooker Codie Taylor scores a try during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
New Zealand's Julian Savea (centre) breaks through the Namibia defense to score his sides fifth try of the game during the Rugby World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 24, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU New Zealand. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
New Zealand's Julian Savea (centre) breaks through the Namibia tackles to score their fifth try of the game during the Rugby World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 24, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU New Zealand. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
New Zealand's centre Malakai Fekitoa (R) is tackled by Namibia's full-back Johan Tromp during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
New Zealand's lock Luke Romano (2nd R) is tackled during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Namibia's scrum half Eugene Jantjies (L) passes the ball during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
New Zealand's number 8 Kieran Read (3rd R) and and Namibia's lock Pieter Jan van Lill (3rd L) fall during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Namibia's players celebrate after scoring their second try during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
Namibia's centre Johan Deysel (C, down) scores a try during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
New Zealand's wing Julian Savea (C) reacts after scoring a try next to New Zealand's full-back Colin Slade (R) and Namibia's scrum half Eugene Jantjies (L) during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
New Zealand's fly half Beauden Barrett converts a try during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Johan Deysel of Namibia goes over to score his teams opening try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Johan Deysel of Namibia celebrates his teams opening try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Johan Deysel of Namibia goes over to score his teams opening try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Eugene Jantjies of Namibia passes during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Johan Deysel of Namibia (yellow boots) celebrates scoring his teams opening try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Malakai Fekitoa of the New Zealand All Blacks in action during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Malakai Fekitoa of the New Zealand All Blacks in action during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Julian Savea of the New Zealand All Blacks scores his teams sixth try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Julian Savea of the New Zealand All Blacks scores his teams sixth try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Julian Savea of the New Zealand All Blacks scores his teams sixth try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Julian Savea of the New Zealand All Blacks charges into JC Greyling of Namibia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
New Zealand fans in the stands during the Rugby World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London.
Namibia fans in the stands during the Rugby World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London.
New Zealand's Nehe Milner-Skudder (right) scores their fourth try of the game during the Rugby World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London.
New Zealand's wing Nehe Milner-Skudder (L) is tackled by Namibia's flanker Tinus du Plessis (R) during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
New Zealand's fly half Beauden Barrett scores a try during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Beauden Barrett of the New Zealand All Blacks scores his teams fourth try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Malakai Fekitoa of the New Zealand All Blacks is tackled by Johan Tromp of Namibia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Nehe Milner-Skudder of the New Zealand All Blacks scores his teams second try despite a tackle by Jacques Burger of Namibia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Jacques Burger of Namibia looks on during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Beauden Barrett of the New Zealand All Blacks scores his teams fourth try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Beauden Barrett of the New Zealand All Blacks breaks to score his teams fourth try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
New Zealand's number 8 Victor Vito scores a try during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
New Zealand players perform the Haka before the Rugby World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 24, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU New Zealand. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
New Zealand players perform the Haka before the Rugby World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 24, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU New Zealand. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
New Zealand's wing Nehe Milner-Skudder (L) scores his team's second try during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
New Zealand's wing Nehe Milner-Skudder scores a try during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
New Zealand's wing Julian Savea (top) is tackled by Namibia's wing David Philander during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
New Zealand's number 8 Victor Vito scores a try during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
New Zealand's number 8 Victor Vito scores a try during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
New Zealand's scrum half TJ Perenara (C) passes the ball during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
New Zealand's flanker and captain Sam Cane (R) leads the haka prior to a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
Namibia supporters smile before a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
A New Zealand supporter smiles before a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
A New Zealand supporter waves before a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Nehe Milner-Skudder of the New Zealand All Blacks scores his teams second try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Victor Vito of the New Zealand All Blacks breaks to score the opening try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Sonny Bill Williams of the New Zealand All Blacks drives on during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Namibia fans sing the national anthem prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: The Namibia team line up for the national anthems during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Rugby World Cup balls are pictured prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: A general view of the stadium prior to kickoff during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Fans make their way towards the stadium prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: New Zealand fans pose prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
A New Zealander supporter reacts prior to a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS
New Zealand's flanker and captain Sam Cane (L) and New Zealand's flanker Richie McCaw (R) warm up prior to a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen (C) walks on the pitch before a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
A Namibian supporter smile before a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the household cavalry band parade before a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London on September 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSGABRIEL BOUYS,GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: A general view of the stadium prior to kickoff during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
A young New Zealand fan shows his support outside the ground before the Rugby World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium, London
A New Zealand supporter poses with a baby prior to a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
A New Zealand supporter poses prior to a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic stadium, east London, on September 24, 2015. AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand cantered to their second win in Pool C with a 58-14 victory over Namibia at the Olympic Stadium.

The All Blacks were by no means at their best but did not need to be against the lowest-ranked team in the competition.

However, the biggest cheer of the night came in the 50th minute when the minnows scored a try against the World Cup holders.

Namibia were never in danger of causing a Japan-style shock - in fact there was talk of the All Blacks racking up a World Cup record score against them.

But the Africans, fielding eight amateurs in their starting XV, did not play like the 200/1 shots they were to win the match.

Their captain, Jacques Burger of Saracens, led from the front - and often with his face - as a succession of tackles drew a collective wince from the crowd.

And they thoroughly merited their big moment, after Burger elected to kick to touch rather than shoot for goal.

What a try it was too, the Namibians constantly attacking in one direction before suddenly switching for Johan Deysel to power over for a famous score.

No matter that a largely second string New Zealand had already racked up 41 points by then, and went on to make it nine tries for the night.

One-sided it may have been, but the days of 100-plus point victories in the Pool stages seem to be over.

Certainly New Zealand showed Namibia due respect in the fifth minute when opting to kick for goal 15 yards out - to a few jeers from the crowd.

Nevertheless Beauden Barrett did the honours, and straight from the restart Julian Savea bulldozed his way down the wing before the ball found Victor Vito for try number one.

Nehe Milner-Skudder danced his way to the second try, ducking in between two Namibian tackles before leaping over a third to score.

Namibia got on the board after 15 minutes when All Blacks skipper Sam Cane was penalised and Theuns Kotze launched his penalty between the posts.

Back down the business end, however, and Sonny Bill Williams popped up with a trademark offload to set up Malakai Fekitoa under the posts with New Zealand scoring at a point a minute to lead 22-3.

A second Kotze penalty brought some respite, only for Namibia's defence to suddenly go missing in action and allow Barrett to burst down the middle for try number four.

Milner-Skudder rounded off the first half with a score in the corner thanks to more prompting and probing from Williams and New Zealand led 34-6 at the break.

Kotze's third penalty was followed almost immediately by a try for Savea, who got the ball down underneath a heap of bodies.

Deysel then claimed a try he will never forget, but life soon got tougher for Namibia when Jaco Engels was yellow-carded and the man advantage immediately paid off when replacement Ben Smith scored in the corner.

But still the expected late flurry failed to materialise, although Savea grabbed his 32nd international try and Codie Taylor collected Milner-Skudder's delightful pass to touch down in the final minute.

Teams:

New Zealand: Slade; Milner-Skudder, Fekitoa, Williams, Savea; Barrett, Perenara; Vito, Cane (c), Messam; Whitelock, Romano; Faumuina, Taylor, Franks.

Replacements: Mealamu, Crockett, Woodcock, Read, McCaw, Kerr-Barlow, Nonu, Smith.

Namibia: Tromp; Philander, Greyling, Deysel Jr, Marais; Kotzé, Jantjies; Damens, Du Plessis, Burger (c); Van Lill, Uanivi; Coetzee, Van Jaarsveld Engels.

Replacements: Van der Westhuizen, Larson, Viviers, Bothma, Venter, Kitshoff, Buitendag, Botha.

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