Ruthless All Blacks: 96-Point Dominance in Rugby World Cup Triumph Over Italy


Ruthless All Blacks: 96-Point Dominance in Rugby World Cup Triumph Over Italy

New Zealand delivered a powerful statement to their 2023 Rugby World Cup competitors, reaffirming their prowess by overwhelming Italy with a score of 96-17 in Lyon on Friday.

The All Blacks showcased their dominance with an astounding 14 tries, underlining their formidable form since their initial defeat to the host nation, France.

Aaron Smith led the charge with a hat-trick of tries, while Ardie Savea, Will Jordan, and Dane Coles each secured two, with Mark Telea, Brodie Retallick, Dalton Papali’i, Damian McKenzie, and Anton Lienert-Brown contributing to the scoring.

Richie Mo’unga added 18 points through his precise kicking, while replacement Damian McKenzie chipped in with four conversions, making it a memorable night for New Zealand.

In contrast, a lackluster Italy managed to salvage a few bright moments, with second-half tries from Ange Capuozzo and Monty Ioane, but it wasn’t nearly enough to challenge the mighty All Blacks.

Italy had the opportunity to eliminate New Zealand from the competition with a win, but that possibility quickly evaporated in the sixth minute when Jordie Barrett executed a perfect cross-field kick, enabling Jordan to make a spectacular touchdown in the corner.

Although Tommaso Allan scored Italy’s first points with a penalty, the first half was a nightmare as Smith completed a hat-trick, Savea scored twice, and Telea once, with the line-out proving to be exceptionally profitable.

Mo’unga successfully converted all seven first-half tries and nine in total, missing only his 10th attempt before being substituted.

Despite trailing 49-3 at halftime, Italy displayed determination in the second half and managed to score their first try in the 48th minute, with Capuozzo displaying impressive speed in the corner.

However, the All Blacks swiftly responded with Retallick finishing off a move initiated by Scott Barrett’s charged-down clearance attempt.

Cam Roigard had a try disallowed due to a double movement, but moments later, Papali’i added the ninth try for the All Blacks. Their onslaught continued with Coles scoring twice, while McKenzie, Jordan, and Lienert-Brown all tore through the Italian defense.

The final word belonged to Italy with Ioane’s try, but it was undoubtedly the All Blacks’ night of dominance.

Team Lineups:

New Zealand:

Starting XV: Beauden Barrett, Will Jordan, Rieko Ioane, Jordie Barrett, Mark Telea, Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith, Ardie Savea, Dalton Papali’i, Shannon Frizell, Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Nepo Laulala, Codie Taylor, Ofa Tu’ungafasi

Replacements: Dane Coles, Tamaiti Williams, Tyrel Lomax, Samuel Whitelock, Sam Cane, Cam Roigard, Damian McKenzie, Anton Lienert-Brown


Starting XV: Tommaso Allan, Ange Capuozzo, Juan Ignacio Brex, Luca Morisi, Monty Ioane, Paolo Garbisi, Stephen Varney, Lorenzo Cannone, Michele Lamaro, Sebastian Negri, Federico Ruzza, Dino Lamb, Marco Riccioni, Giacomo Nicotera, Danilo Fischetti

Replacements: Hame Faiva, Ivan Nemer, Simone Ferrari, Niccolo Cannone, Manuel Zuliani, Toa Halafihi, Martin Page-Relo, Paolo Odogwu


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