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Second-string All Blacks crush Japan 69-31

By Martin Bureau

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The second string team is in the UK.

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Both NZ teams played each other, one in Red, one in Black and Black won.. a Japanese water boy was seen on the sidelines...

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Now come on, no need to be so harsh. They put 31 points on THE ALL BLACKS, that is a positive result.

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Jaan is playing better than they ever have now. The all kiwi coaching team are light years ahead of Eddie Jones' team. I'm not sure if any "japanese" players actually scored, but their imports all seem pretty good players and added to a real spectacle. It's good that NZ choose a hugely experimental team as their lack of cohesion allowed Japan to score some really nice tries and create a festival-style game with 100 points scored by both teams.

Whilst it is obvious that against a full strength NZ team the scoreline would have been vastly different - this was a great advertisement for RWC2019

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Jaymann, I completely agree. Great advertising but weak and poor tackling by the Brave Blossoms deprived the fans of a closer more exciting game. Kicking was very average from the Japanese.

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