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- World Cup
- Pool A
- 2nd Oct 2011
- KO 03:30
- Ground: Wellington Regional Stadium
- Att: 30,000
Winger runs riot as New Zealand thrash Canada
New Zealand began life without Dan Carter with a comfortable 79-15 win over Canada in Wellington.
Zac Guildford was the star of the show as he scored four times while he also had a hand in two other tries.
Victor Vito (2), Israel Dagg, Mils Muliaina, Jimmy Cowan, Jerome Kaino (2) and Sonny Bill Williams also crossed for the All Blacks, while Colin Slade added 11 points from the boot and Piri Weepu added four conversions.
Having been handed the No.10 jersey after Carter was ruled out of the World Cup with a groin injury, Slade delivered a mixed performance. Some sublime moments were interspersed by some poor place-kicking and errors.
In fact his attempted clearance in the opening minute was charged down, with Monro able to slot over the three points from the resultant penalty.
However Slade's superb break set up Guildford for the first try after seven minutes, while he slotted over the extras from the touchline.
The floodgates threaten to open up after that, with a powerful scrum seeing them turn over possession in the Canada 22 and allowing Kieran Read to release Vito for the try.
Slade was off-target with his conversion attempt, but he made amends with a penalty on 15 minutes.
A superb offload from Guildford put Dagg in for New Zealand's third try to put the tournament favourites into a 20-3 lead after 21 minutes.
And the bonus point was secure three minutes later after a double error from Canada. First the Canucks coughed up possession at the break down, and then Conor Trainor failed to gather Jimmy Cowan's kick ahead, allowing Guildford the easiest of touch downs.
Guildford had a hand in the fifth try as he broke away before drawing Matt Evans and releasing Muliaina. Slade converted for a 32-3 lead for the All Blacks.
And Guildford completed his hat-trick after a sensational kick across from Sonny Bill Williams found Muliaina, with the All Blacks releasing Guildford on the inside.
However Trainor made amends for his early faux pas as he attacked the line at pace to crash over on the stroke of half-time.
And Trainor crossed again immediate after break First Monro and then Trainor hacked on a loose ball before the Canucks winger slid in and grounding the ball. Monro converted.
The All Blacks response was immediate at Cowan celebrated his 50th cap with a try. Slade converted.
Kaino was next to score for the New Zealanders as he powered off the base of the scrum - with Slade converting.
Sonny Bill Williams got in on the act as he brushed aside Sean White to go over in the corner, while Kaino touched down from a push over scrum -with Weepu this time adding both conversions.
Guildford deservedly crossed again as he showed tremendous pace to score his fourth - and New Zealand's 11th try - of the afternoon. Weepu added the extras.
And with Canada tiring Vito went over for his second, with Weepu again slotting over the conversion.World Cup. Click here to bet.