The Millennium Stadium once again ready to host the World Champions, The All Blacks in their first ever encounter against Georgia.
It took the All Blacks just 1 minute 15 seconds to get over the try line for the fastest try of the World Cup thus far, Naholo Mint with his first touch and Rugby World Cup debut.
The Georgian’s did not lie down as some scrappy play by the All Blacks moments later afforded them the opportunity of a try of their own, Beka Tsiklauri making history by scoring Georgia’s first ever try against the All Blacks.
It took the All Blacks just 22 minutes to put 4 tries past Georgia for the fastest bonus point of the tournament, Savea scoring twice. Carter dissapointed, missing 3 conversions leaving the scoreline 22 -10 at the break.
SUPER STAT #GEO have NEVER missed a conversion in #RWC history, adding the extras to all 12 of their tries #NZLvGEO pic.twitter.com/ED2vd9GV6h
With 8 handling errors in the first half this was not the best performance from an All Black team but the Georgian’s could not capitalise.
The second half saw much of the same from the All Blacks, handling errors and loose balls frustrating themselves and the fans. None of the usual offloading prowess from Sonny Bill Williams and crisp passing/running rugby from the All Blacks.
Even though it was a scrappy performance they still managed to put 7 tries pass the Georgian team. Their 5th try came in the 52nd minute and Savea ran over the line for his Hat-trick in the 75th minute, and finally finishing strong with a 7th try the score line read 43 -10 in The All Blacks Favour.
Yes Georgia gave them a stern challenge or rather it is The All Black who are their own worst enemy hopefully this was just a training match and in the bigger games we’ll see the real World Champions in action.