New Zealand beat Tonga 41-10 in Rugby World Cup opener.
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Dateline: Auckland, NZ. September 9th, 2011.
Date: 14/09/2011 10:32 AM
Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. August 9th, 2011.
New Zealand (black shirts) v Tonga (red shirts):
1. 00:00 New Zealand do haka before match.
2. 00:08 TRY, New Zealand, Israel Dagg, 11th minute, 8-0.
3. 00:20 TRY, New Zealand, Richard Kahui, 19th minute, 13-0.
4. 00:37 TRY, New Zealand, Israel Dagg, 29th minute, 20-0.
5. 00:47 TRY, New Zealand, Jerome Kaino, 59th minute, 34-3.
6. 01:00 TRY, Tonga, Alisona Taumalolo, 72nd minute, 34-8.
7. 01:08 Slow-motion replay of try.
8. 01:15 TRY, New Zealand, Ma''a Nonu, 77th minute, 39-10.
Final Score: New Zealand 41 Tonga 10.
Hosts New Zealand won the opening game of the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup, beating Tonga 41-10 at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday (9th September).
The All Blacks ran in six tries, including two each for full-back Israel Dagg and winger Richard Kahui.
Tonga''s sole try came in the second half, scored by Alisona Taumalolo.
The New Zealand All Blacks performed their traditional ''haka'' before the start of their game with Tonga in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup at Eden Park on Friday (9th September).
Dan Carter kicked New Zealand''s first points with a penalty, but the All Blacks had to wait until the 11th minute for the tournament''s opening try.
Full-back Israel Dagg, who''d been picked ahead of Mils Muliaina, stepping inside to score.
The All Blacks were dominant in the first half and crossed for their second try in the 19th minute.
Isaia Toeava releasing fellow-winger Richard Kahui, who had an easy run-in.
New Zealand haven''t won the World Cup since 1987 - when they hosted the inaugural tournament - and they were eager to impress here.
Just before the half-hour mark they had their third try, and a second for full-back Dagg.
Richard Kahui then scored his second try in the 32nd minute, and Tonga slotted over a penalty from Kurt Morath just before the break, to make it 29-3 to New Zealand at half time.
New Zealand had to wait until the 59th minute for their fifth try, winger Kahui unlocked the Tongan defence when he chipped ahead and gathered his kick and passed to flanker Jerome Kaino.
Tonga put New Zealand under immense pressure for nearly 10 minutes as they camped on the All Blacks line - and finally scored when Alisona Taumalolo burrowed underneath.
The television match official (TMO) awarding the try.
The All Blacks, who are the favourites for the World Cup, scored their sixth try late on - Ma''a Nonu exchanging passes with Colin Slade before the former ran under the posts.
Dan Carter then added the conversion to seal a 41-10 win for this hosts.