Brave Blossoms All Black & Blue
The 13th game of the 2011 Rugby World Cup (RWC), exactly one week from the opening, has eventuated in the first major blowout in the score line with the hosts, New Zealand, running in 13 tries to 1 over the Japanese Brave Blossoms side with a dominating 83-7 point victory.
Not quite the 145-17 massacre of Japan at the 1995 RWC in South Africa, but significant enough especially when you consider Dan Carter, Richie McCaw, Mils Muliaina nor Israel Dagg were available. The fact that Sonny Bill Williams was offside for his second try matters little in the wash-up.
It was interesting, as noted by the Kiwi commentators, that a Williams, Ellis and Webb were playing at the same time (in reference to the William Webb Ellis trophy that is presented to the winning team) when replacement fullback, Shaun Webb, came on for the Japanese -something that hasn’t occurred in a World Cup.