TOKYO – A second-string All Blacks side featuring eight debutants crushed Japan 69-31 in a thriller of a point-fest in Tokyo on Saturday.
Hard-running centre Ngani Laumape scored a hat trick for the world champions.
New Zealand scored 10 tries, with flyhalf Richie Mo’unga contributing 22 points as the Kiwis taught next year’s World Cup hosts a tough lesson in front of a record crowd for a rugby match in Japan of 43 751 at the Ajinomoto Stadium.
Hooker Dane Coles scored New Zealand’s first try on his return to the side after almost a year out with injury, while debutant wing George Bridge scored a brace, including one with his first touch as an All Black, after coming on at halftime.
Japan competed in attack by scoring five tries to contribute to the 100-point tally for the match, but could not contain the All Blacks in defence, missing 25 tackles on the way to an overwhelming defeat.