All three of the Barrett brothers scored tries for the All Blacks as they hammered Canada.
The All Blacks scored their first try of the game within five minutes after a scrum. Kieran Read’s try was given as a penalty try to put the favourites 7-0 up. The Canadians were lucky not to fall behind even earlier after a brilliant spell of pressure from New Zealand in the first couple of minutes.
One of the Barrett brothers notched next, with Jordie Barrett receiving an intelligent kick on the right hand side for an easy try. A well-taken conversion from Richie Mo’unga put New Zealand 14-0 up before the ten-minute mark. Experienced Sonny Bill Williams extended the lead with a converted try to put the 2015 World Cup winners in the twenties.
Canada managed to heap some pressure on in attack 15 minutes before the break, with the aim of stopping the rot and getting back into the game. Nelson went closest for the North American side after managing to break away from the opposition. A last-ditch tackle separated Canada from scoring their first points of the match.
Sonny Bill Williams was instrumental in New Zealand’s next try, with a perfectly-timed kick through to Beauden Barrett right in front of the posts. This fourth try meant that New Zealand managed to clinch their bonus point in Pool B before half time.
New Zealand managed to score another try less than a minute after the restart. The timing of Williams’ pass allowed Rieko Iaone to score down the left hand side. A great conversion once again from Mo’unga took the score to 35-0. Just a couple of minutes after that, Mo’unga provided the offload for Scott Barrett to score their sixth try.
Another try soon followed. Shannon Frizell was the try scorer that time after some delightful play from the All Blacks. Replacement Brad Webber showed a lot of pace to take the score to 54-0 before 50 minutes had passed. The simple conversion added two more points to their tally. Webber scored his second try, after he managed to break away from a scrum.
This try on 56 minutes ended up being the last try of the match, with New Zealand unable to break down Canada’s defence in the latter stages.
New Zealand Starting Lineup: Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, Goodhue, Williams, Ioane, Mo’unga, Perenara; Moli, Coltman, Ta’avao, Tuipulotu, Scott Barrett, Frizell, Todd, Read
Tries: Penalty try (Read), J Barrett (converted), Williams (converted), B Barrett (converted), Iaone (converted), S Barrett (converted), Frizell (converted), Webber x 2 (converted)
Canada Starting Lineup: Parfrey, Hassler, Trainor, Hearn, Van Der Merwe, Nelson, McRorie, Sears-Duru, Howard, Keith, Olmstead, Keys, Rumball, Heaton, Ardron
Final Score: New Zealand 63 – 0 Canada
Referee: Romain Poite
Stadium: Oita Stadium
As it stands: Pool B
1st: Italy – Played: 2 | Points: 10
2nd: New Zealand – Played: 2 | Points: 9
3rd: South Africa – Played: 2 | Points: 5
4th: Namibia – Played: 2 | Points: 0
5th: Canada – Played: 2 | Points: 0