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All Blacks down Japan in a 100-point thriller

New Zealand beat Japan 69-31 in a match staged at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday.
Mo’unga was the first New Zealand player to get on the scoresheet scoring from the tee while Anise got a lead converted try for Japan for a 7-3.
New Zealand stretch
Dan Coles and Mounga’s tries would put All Blacks to a 17-7. Laumape’s converted try saw them open a gap before Hendrik Tui scored at the other end for Japan.


Halfback Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi and Laumape stretched New Zealand lead but Tim Lafaele kept the home side in the game with a try before the break.
Final half
In the final half, Debutant George Bridge touched down as they hit the 45 point mark. Japan, on the other hand, responded through Jamie Henry for a 45-24 scoreline.
Winger Waisake Naholo, Matt Proctor went over for a try each while Laumape added his third try of the day. Bridge also bagged a brace in the clash for a 69-24 lead. Lafaele pulled one back as they went down 69-34.


Japan: 15 Ryohei Yamanaka, 14 Jamie Henry, 13 Will Tupou, 12 Tim Lafaele, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Yutaka Nagare, 8 Hendrik Tui, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Michael Leitch (c), 5 Samuela Anise, 4 Wimpie van der Walt, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Keita Inagaki
Replacements: 16 Yusuki Niwai, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Asaeli Valu, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Vaka Nakajima, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Rikiya Matsuda 23 Ryoto Nakamura
New Zealand: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Waisake Naholo, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Luke Whitelock (c), 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Jackson Hemopo, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ofa Tuungafasi
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Dillon Hunt, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Mitch Drummond, 22 Brett Cameron, 23 George Bridge

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