in 2023 RUGBY WORLD CUP – New Zealand cruised to a comfortable 71-3 win over Namibia on Day 2 of the group stage. The All Blacks have forgotten their defeat against the Blues.
The All Blacks were angry. The three-time world champions put on a showdown against lowly Namibia (71-3) in Toulouse on Friday, September 15, finally kicking off their campaign after losing to France in their opening game.
All New Zealand Tests – Namibia
Eleven tries scored and… a red card
Free and regular, the Blacks gave up 71 points and 11 field goals to their opponents. This first competitive success has therefore been improved upon, which is not good news for the Blues in the event of a crash against Italy on TF1 from 8.50pm on the final day of this group stage (Group A) next Friday 6th October).
However, Ian Foster’s men ended the match in 14th after Ethan De Groot’s post expulsion following a ‘bunker’ referee.
Ian Foster, New Zealand coach:
“We did a good job, we had a pretty clear idea of how we had to take this game, we wanted to control it thanks to our squad and the forwards did the job, it allowed us to have chances, I’m very happy with the way we respected the game“.
Ardie Savea, third row center and New Zealand captain, speaking to Sky Sport:
“It’s good to win, especially after last week’s result (lost to France 27-13). There are still some areas where Namibia put pressure on us, like discipline and defence, we gave them a couple of penalties and they had a chance to take the lead. Now we have to be ruthless“.
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