You are here

Namibia

Perhaps the biggest surprise of New Zealand's victory over Namibia is that the team didn't go over the century mark, winning 58-14. The All Blacks scored nine tries (an easy but superfluous bonus point) against the lowest ranked team in the tournament. The victors played mainly with reserves,

It will come as no surprise but New Zealand have never lost a match in the pool stages for the past seven Rugby World Cups. Nor so far in this, the eighth edition of the tournament, claiming their 26th straight pool win.

And Namibia have never won an RWC game. It seems likely that the West African nation will surrender lots more points in this Cup to go over the 1,000 points given mark. Currently, only Japan have ceded that 1,000 points total.

The All Blacks were clinical and easily dominant, capturing 71 rucks to 22. Rugby statistics are historically vague as to their meaning, but to glean an idea of this rout, look to the total tackles made: Namibia 110 versus New Zealand 31.

The Man-of-the-match was awarded to Nehe Milner Skudder for his two tries.

For New Zealand, the remaining two games are against Georgia and Tonga in Pool C. As stated before, the real World Cup for the reigning RWC champions begins in the quarterfinals against Ireland or France.