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New Zealand 58-14 Namibia

By Phil Blanche

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 holders.

Namibia were never in danger of causing a Japan-style shock, but the Africans, fielding eight amateurs in their starting XV, did not play like the 200/1 shots they were to win the match.

And they thoroughly merited their big moment, after captain Jacques 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.

Beauden Barrett struck the All Blacks' first score from a penalty and straight from the restart Victor Vito bagged try number one, followed by a brace from Nehe Milner-Skudder.

Namibia got on the board after 15 minutes when Theuns Kotze launched his penalty between the posts.

Back down the business end, however, and Malakai Fekitoa, Barrett and Milner-Skudder added tries to give New Zealand a 34-6 lead at the break.

Kotze's third penalty was followed almost immediately by a try for Savea.

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.

New Zealand: Tries: Vito, Milner-Skudder 2, Fekitoa, Barrett, Savea 2, B. Smith, Taylor. Cons: Barrett 5.

Pens: Barrett.

New Zealand: Slade, Milner-Skudder, Fekitoa, Williams, Savea, Barrett, Perenara, B Franks, Taylor, Faumuina, Romano, Whitelock, Kaino, Cane, Vito.

Replacements: B Smith for Slade (52), Nonu for Williams (63), Kerr-Barlow for Perenara (49), Crockett for Faumuina (64),

Read for Whitelock (57), McCaw for Kaino (65). Not Used: Mealamu, Woodcock.

Namibia: Tries: Deysel.

Pens: Kotze 3.

Namibia: Tromp, Philander, Greyling, Deysel, Marais, Kotze, Jantjies, Engels, van Jaarsveld, Coetzee, van Lill, Uanivi, Burger, du Plessis, Damens.

Replacements: Botha for Philander (45),

Buitendag for Jantjies (74), van der Westhuizen for van Jaarsveld (75), Larson for Coetzee (57), Kitshoff for van Lill (64), Venter for Burger (66), Bothma for Damens (45). Not Used: Viviers.

Sin Bin: Engels (57).

Attendance: 51,820

Referee: Romain Poite (France).

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