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New Zealand beats Georgia 43-10, advances at Rugby World Cup

New Zealand beats Georgia 43-10, advances to Rugby World Cup quarters but again fails to shine

New Zealand beats Georgia 43-10, advances at Rugby World Cup

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) -- New Zealand ran in seven tries, dispatched Georgia 43-10 for a third straight pool win, and became the first team to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup with a game to spare on Friday.

This sloppy, inaccurate display -- full of uncharacteristic errors -- was far from a vintage All Blacks performance, however, and the defending champions are still to discover their fluency two weeks into the tournament.

An almost full-strength New Zealand was expected to put away a weakened Georgia side with ease and they scored four tries inside 22 minutes, the first coming from fit-again winger Waisake Naholo after just 72 seconds.

But from then on, it was mistake after mistake by the All Blacks at Millennium Stadium, with star flyhalf Dan Carter particularly culpable.


Updated : 2021-09-23 10:34 GMT+08:00