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New Zealand 92-7 Tonga

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Cary Erickson | 10 September, 2019, 22:11

Going from a New Zealand winter, the All Blacks are now in a Japanese summer, with sweltering heat greeting Steve Hansen's side, now with just under two weeks until their first match of the World Cup, taking on South Africa in Yokohama.

The All Blacks fell just short of 100 points in a merciless display against Tonga in Hamilton, where New Zealand scored 14 tries to one on Saturday.

"During the 2015 World Cup, Japan defeated the Boks in [what] was a historic game not only for Japan but in the history of rugby".

New Zealand added another 38 points in the second 40 minutes and while Siale Piutau recorded a five-pointer for the visitors, Tonga was condemned to its second heaviest loss to the All Blacks after the 102-0 humiliation in 2000.

"We'll get a good weeks worth here done and get really excited about next week so I'm pretty happy".

Up 54-0 at half-time, New Zealand appeared on track to raise a century for most of the game but were held scoreless over the final 15 minutes.

The Japanese embassy in Groenkloof hosted the community, sports personalities and foreign dignitaries for the screening of the World Cup warm-up match between the Springboks and Japan on Friday afternoon.

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"It was our last hit out and it was important we have to keep building now". "Obviously there are some guys we didn't want to use because they've got slight niggles, but the rest of them, we think they're in the frame for selection against South Africa".

The All Blacks' forwards were dominant at breakdowns, giving their team an nearly constant supply of possession.

However, it has also been revealed that England players are set to share a jackpot of nearly triple the amount of the New Zealand prize pool. Smith scored both of his tries from long range after breakdown turnovers.

Coach Steve Hansen shrugged off any concerns about future storms disrupting the tournament, which takes place during Japan's notorious typhoon season. He fully recovered his confidence Saturday with his double and as by playing a key lead-up role in several tries. Reece turned the ball infield to Crotty and he passed to Savea who finished like a winger.

"There is so much that goes into winning a Rugby World Cup".

"A loss like this is hard for the boys to take", Piutau said.