Although Namibia gave some resistance against the World Champions in the first half the class of the All Blacks came through as the game went one.

With a scoreboard at 71-9 after 80 minutes the All Blacks grabbed another bonus point win as they secure the top spot of Pool B on Sunday.

As expected, once they absorb the initial Namibian guts they pulled away and was just too good for the men from Africa.

After 45 minutes New Zealand only led 10-9 but that quickly changed as they went into the break with a 24-9 lead.

In the end, New Zealand ran in 11 unanswered tries with Sevu Reece (2), Anton Lienert-Brown (2), Ben Smith (2), Angus Ta’avao, Joe Moody, Sam Whitelock, Jordie Barrett and TJ Perenara all crossing the whitewash.

Barrett finished with a 21-point as he also kicked eight conversions while Damian Stevens scored all Namibia’s points courtesy of three penalties.

New Zealand will be sweating over the availability of Nepo Laulala and Ofa Tu’ungafasi for their next match, against Italy on October 12, though after both props were yellow carded for dangerous tackles.

The scorers:

New Zealand: Tries: Reece 2, Lienert-Brown 2, Ta’avao, B Smith 2, Moody, Whitelock, Barrett, Perenara Cons: Barrett 8

For Namibia: Pens: Stevens 3

What was said after the match…

Man of the Match


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