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Rugby World Cup 2015: New Zealand 58-14 Namibia

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Rugby World Cup 2015: New Zealand 58-14 Namibia

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Defending champions New Zealand made it two World Cup wins out of two with an efficient Pool C victory over Namibia at London’s Olympic Stadium.

Namibia are the lowest-ranked side in the World Cup, meaning damage limitation was always going to be the aim against the All Blacks.

New Zealand scored five tries before the break, before adding another four in the second half.

The highlight for the African team was a fine second-half try by Johan Deysel.

The All Blacks have not lost in 26 matches in the group stages of the World Cup – a record stretching back to the inaugural tournament in 1987 – and they remain on target for a likely quarter-final clash with either Ireland or France.

Steve Hansen’s side were often matched at the breakdown and did not produce the avalanche of tries many had predicted.

New Zealand, who beat Argentina in their tournament opener, face Georgia in Cardiff next Friday, while Namibia, who are yet to win a World Cup game in 16 attempts, play Tonga next Tuesday in Exeter.

New Zealand: Slade, Milner-Skudder, Fekitoa, Williams, Savea, Barrett, Perenara, B. Franks, Taylor, Faumuina, Romano, Whitelock, Kaino, Cane, Vito.

Replacements: B. Smith for Slade (52), Nonu for Williams (63), Kerr-Barlow for Perenara (49), Crockett for Faumuina (64), Read for Whitelock (57), McCaw for Kaino (65).

Not Used: Mealamu, Woodcock.

Tries: Vito, Milner-Skudder 2, Fekitoa, Barrett, Savea 2, B. Smith, Taylor. Cons: Barrett 5. Pens: Barrett.

Namibia: Tromp, Philander, Greyling, Deysel, Marais, Kotze, Jantjies, Engels, Van Jaarsveld, Coetzee, Van Lill, Uanivi, Burger, du Plessis, Damens.

Replacements: Botha for Philander (45), Buitendag for Jantjies (74), Van der Westhuizen for Van Jaarsveld (75), Larson for Coetzee (57), Kitshoff for Van Lill (64), Venter for Burger (66), Bothma for Damens (45).

Not Used: Viviers.

Sin Bin: Engels (57).

Tries: Deysel. Pens: Kotze 3.

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