Rugby | Ruthless All Blacks plunder nine tries against Canada

New Zealand have demolished Canada 63-0 in their second 2019 Rugby World Cup match.

The All Blacks had secured a bonus point by half time, scoring four tries to lead 28-0 at the interval against their Pool B opponents.

Canada conceded a penalty try after just five minutes, with the dominant New Zealand pack pushing the Canadians back over their own try-line from a five-metre scrum.

Jordie Barrett added the Kiwis’ second try two minutes later, touching down in the corner after being picked out in space by Richie Mo’unga’s cross-field kick.

Mo’unga converted to make it 12-0 inside 10 minutes at Oita Bank Dome.

TJ Perenara had a try ruled out by a TMO decision in the 15th minute, with replays show his effort fell short of the line.

However, Steve Hansen’s men had their third try within two minutes nonetheless.

Sonny Bill Williams used his power to punch a hole in the Canada defence and drive over the line after being found by Perenara 10 metres from the try-line.

Mo’unga added his second conversion to make it 19-0.

Canada exerted some pressure on the All Blacks defence as the half wore on, but had little to show for their efforts as the reiging champions kept their concentration and composure.

New Zealand secured a bonus point five minutes before half time, with Beauden Barrett touching down between the posts following Sonny Bill Williams’ grubber kick.

Mo’unga’s third conversion of the half gave Hansen’s side a 28-0 advantage at the break.

Unfortunately for Canada, there was no respite in the second half.

Rieko Ioane recorded the Kiwis’ fifth try a minute after the restart, with SBW playing him in down the left after Jordie Barrett’s impressive catch.

Mo’unga made no mistake from the conversion to add to New Zealand’s already unassailable lead.

A Kieran Read pass set up Scott Barrett for the champions’ sixth try in the 44th minute, with Mo’unga converting yet again. By this stage, all three Barrett brothers had registered tries.

Shannon Frizell finished off another fine move two minutes later to record try number seven. You guessed it; Mo’unga scored his conversion.

The North Americans were powerless to stop the black wave which overwhelmed them, and Hansen’s charges were in no mood to show mercy.

Substitute Brad Weber notched try number eight, running between the posts after good work from Barrett and Mo’unga, the latter of whom nailed his seventh conversion soon afterwards.

Weber scored his second – and New Zeland’s ninth – try in the 56th minute, with Mo’unga’s final conversion of the game extending the All Blacks’ lead to 63-0.

Ardie Savea came off the bench for the Kiwis to become the first player to wear Rugby Goggles at the World Cup.

Next up for the champions – who overcame South Africa in their Pool B opener – is a clash against Namibia on Sunday, while Canada have a meeting against the Springboks to look forward to next Tuesday.

New Zealand remain firmly in control of Pool B, and the Kiwis are in ominous form.

Pretenders beware.