Rugby World Cup 2019: World media reacts to All Blacks' win over Canada

The All Blacks are two from two at the Rugby World Cup, after demolishing Canada 63-0 at Oita Stadium on Wednesday. 

The win was the biggest victory of the tournament so far. 

The victory extends New Zealand's winning run at World Cups to 16 matches, with their last defeat against France in the 2007 quarter-final. 

Despite the win, not all the reviews were positive about their performance.

Daniel Gallan - CNN

 

"Without getting out of second gear, New Zealand's All Blacks put on the highest score of the Rugby World Cup and shut out Canada to ease to a 63-0 victory at the Oita Stadium.

"Canada never really had a hope coming into this match and the gulf in quality showed. The North Americans saw just 35 percent of the ball, ran a paltry 228 metres - compared to the 849 metres amassed by the Kiwis - and were asked to make 148 tackles.

"That they missed 45 of them speaks more to the power and guile of the All Blacks than the ineptitude of the Canadians.

"As the game fizzled towards its conclusion, Canada saw more of the ball, but ruthless New Zealand defence kept the door firmly shut, as wave after wave of red attacks broke on a remorseless black wall."

Matthew Henry - BBC Sport 

 

"This may not have been the most balanced encounter of the tournament - pitting the winners of the past two World Cups against the second-lowest ranked team in the tournament - but New Zealand's attack was devastating.

"On the rare occasions New Zealand did have to defend, they did so clinically, turning the ball over to repel Canada when they ventured into their 22.

"New Zealand saw off one of their main rivals for the trophy - South Africa - in their first pool game and this emphatic win continues their ominous momentum, as they bid for a third consecutive World Cup."

Paul Rees - The Guardian

 

"They came in their tens of thousands to see the one team that resonates here - New Zealand - fans queueing in their black jerseys in the rain more than four hours before the kick-off, a swarm so dense that stewards struggled to find space for coaches and chauffeured limousines to get through to the carpark.

"It was chaotic, but no-one went home disappointed, as the holders, easing through the gears as if running in a new car, outclassed what was a committed Canada.

"New Zealand - who wore black armbands in memory of the former All Black Stanley 'Tiny' Hill, who died on Wednesday at the age of 92 - secured the bonus point five minutes before half-time, but squandered four more opportunities through a mixture of dogged defending, handling errors in conditions that seemed no less humid for the roof being closed and sloppiness that is often a by-product of mismatches.

"The All Blacks pulled away through their own skill, rather than their opponents' deficiencies, but it was hard not to feel for a team that included few front-line professionals and who tend to face the big boys mainly when a World Cup rolls around.

"It was Steve Hansen's 103rd match in charge, equalling Graham Henry's record, and the 90th time he entered a winning dressing room after a game. The danger for the All Blacks is that, with Namibia and Italy to come, their competitive edge may not be at its sharpest, come the quarter-finals."

Ben Coles - The Telegraph

 

"If one-sided drubbings are your thing, then Oita was the place to be, with New Zealand running in nine tries on their way to a 63-0 victory over Canada. The sweaty conditions and a spirited, but hugely outclassed Canada side, were merely small speed bumps, as the All Blacks recorded the largest win of the Rugby World Cup so far.

"All three Barrett brothers scored tries - the first time that has happened at a Rugby World Cup - on a night where there were only the most minor of quibbles for New Zealand. Not every chance was taken, including a bizarre spill from Beauden Barrett at the death.

"Some tries certainly came easier than others. Jordie Barrett had the air of someone waiting for a bus, before casually strolling forward to collect Richie Mo'unga's perfect cross-field kick in the corner to make it 14-0 after nine minutes."

Jamie Gordon - The Irish Sun 

 

"New Zealand ran riot with a nine-try demotion of Canada. The score was the highest of the tournament so far and came as the All Blacks took their foot off the gas for spells.

"Despite the level of opposition, the incredible attacking on show and fierce defence will be a warning to any team who think they can prise the trophy from the Kiwis."

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