Monday 22 January 2018

McCaw and Carter on Song as Kiwis run riot

Mick Cleary

The All Blacks left for Europe on the back of a 54-6 victory over Japan in the rain.

The All Blacks scored eight unanswered tries, four in each half, and it was the ideal blow-out for fit-again stars Richie McCaw and Dan Carter

Japan, especially at the set-piece, initially made a contest of their first official home Test against New Zealand. It took try-saving tackles by McCaw and Steven Luatua at the very end and a TMO review to halt Japan's streak of scoring a try in 55 consecutive Tests since 2008.

McCaw played the entire match at No 8 while Carter was replaced near the hour, having landed all five of his kicks at goal and impressed coach Steve Hansen, who suggested he will start against France in Paris next weekend.

The match was evenly poised with the All Blacks leading only 7-6 – as a sell-out crowd at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium cheered on the Japanese – until the 26th minute when the New Zealanders scored three tries in five minutes through flanker Sam Cane, centre Ben Smith and McCaw.

Irish Independent

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