World Cup - All Blacks complete rout of Canada

Sun, 02 Oct 05:33:00 2011

New Zealand winger Zac Guildford scored four tries as the All Blacks temporarily lifted the dark pall over their rugby World Cup campaign with a 79-15 victory over Canada in their final Pool A clash in Wellington.

New Zealand All Blacks' Israel Dagg (L) celebrates with teammate Zac Guildford after scoring a try during their Rugby World Cup Pool A match against Canada at Wellington Regional Stadium - 0

With the All Blacks coming to terms with news that fly-half Daniel Carter had been ruled out of the tournament after tearing a groin tendon in training, Guildford popped up all over the field and had a hand in three other tries against the Canadians.

"I think... he played particularly well, which was very pleasing," Henry said.

"He has put his hand up and is a selection candidate for next week. I'm very pleased for him," he added of the All Blacks' quarter-final against Argentina next Sunday.

Carter's exit from the tournament was described earlier by coach Henry as a "major" blow to the All Blacks, though the team also suffered a series of other injuries in the match.

Carter's replacement Colin Slade limped off in the second half, as did utility back Israel Dagg, while loosehead prop Tony Woodcock was forced off following a head clash with Canada's Adam Kleeberger.

"His health is okay. He told me he is fine," Henry told reporters of Woodcock, who appeared to be knocked cold in the collision. "He got a pretty severe head knock but he recovered pretty quickly. I think he'll be fine."

Henry added that Slade had been taken off as a precaution because "he hasn't played much footy recently".

"(Israel) got another bang to his quad (quadriceps muscle) and he's a bit ginger but the doc tells me he will be fine for next week if he is needed."

Guildford, making his first start of the tournament, ran in a hat-trick of tries in the first half as the All Blacks backline cut the Canadians to shreds with their pace, width and ability to push their hands free of the tackle.

Guildford also helped set up tries for Dagg and veteran fullback Mils Muliaina, while Victor Vito smashed over after the All Blacks had demolished the Canadian scrum inside their own 22-metre area.

Slade had difficulty kicking in the swirling northerly breeze, adding just two conversions and a penalty in the first half.

Canada had defended for most of the first half but managed to score just before the break when winger Conor Trainor crossed in the corner following a sustained build-up.

Trainor added his second try immediately after halftime when he fell on the loose ball from a kick ahead and slid over. Ander Monro converted to make it 37-15.

The All Blacks lost some structure in the second half but still managed to post their highest score against Canada as Jimmy Cowan, Jerome Kaino (two), Sonny Bill Williams, Guildford and Vito all crossed.

Piri Weepu slotted four conversions as the All Blacks surpassed their previous highest score against Canada of 73-7, which they posted in 1995.

"It's a bit disappointing the way we finished here today but I'm really pleased with the guys the way they played as a team and as individuals," Canada captain Pat Riordan said.

"It was awesome but we'd talked about making the most of the opportunity and Conor's tries were great for him."

SCORING TIMELINE:

2’ Monro penalty: 0-3 Canada

7’ Guildford try: New Zealand 5-3

8’ Slade conversion: New Zealand 7-3

11’ Vito try: New Zealand 12-3

15’ Slade penalty: New Zealand 15-3

20’ Dagg try: New Zealand 20-3

25’ Guildford try: New Zealand 25-3

29’ Muliaina try: New Zealand 30-3

30’ Slade conversion: New Zealand 32-3

35’ Guildford try: New Zealand 37-3

40’ Trainor try: 37-8 Canada

43’ Trainor try: 37-13 Canada

43’ Monro conversion: 37-15 Canada

45’ Cowan try: New Zealand 42-15

45’ Slade conversion: New Zealand 44-15

53’ Kaino try: New Zealand 49-15

53’ Slade conversion: New Zealand 51-15

60’ Sonny Bill Williams try: New Zealand 56-15

61’ Weepu conversion: New Zealand 58-15

68’ Kaino try: New Zealand 63-15

68’ Weepu conversion: New Zealand 65-15

76’ Guildford try: New Zealand 70-15

78’ Weepu conversion: New Zealand 72-15

80’ Vito try: New Zealand 77-15

80’ Weepu conversion: New Zealand 79-15

Reuters

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