New Zealand dominate Japan with 31-69 win in Tokyo

Ngani Laumape scored a hat-trick for New Zealand
Ngani Laumape scored a hat-trick for New Zealand
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Japan 31-69 New Zealand, Ajinomoto Stadium
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New Zealand ran a 10-try riot as they went on to beat Japan 31-69 at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday.

The All Blacks started the proceedings with a third minute penalty goal from Richie Mo'unga but the home side bounced back with a touchdown from lock Samuela Anise a minute later that was improved by Yu Tamura to make the scoreline 7-3.

Steve Hansen's men dominated the next 25 minutes and it all start with Dan Coles celebrating his comeback with a 15th minute touchdown while Mo'unga and Ngani Laumape added further tries in the 19th and 28th minutes respectively. The fly-half also slotted the conversions on all the three occasions to stretch their lead to 7-24.

Laumape's efforts were cancelled out by Hendrik Tui in the 33rd minute but the visitors moved to 14-38 following tries from Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi and Laumape before Timothy Lafaele's try at the stroke of the break reduced Japan's deficit to 19 points.

The All Blacks extended their momentum after the break with George Bridge strolling over the line in the 47th minute on his debut before the hosts hit back with a try from Jamie Henry. Further tries from Waisake Naholo (57'), Matty Proctor (60'), Laumape (63') and Bridge (67') took New Zealand's tally to 69 points.

Lafaele with his second in the 70th minute provided some consolation for Japan as they ended the game with a 31-69 defeat. New Zealand will now head to Twickenham Stadium to take on England in their European tour opener on 10th November.

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