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All Blacks off to a flier

09/11/2008 02:49:28 PM Comments (0)

New Zealand cruised through the first leg of their Grand Slam rugby tour of Britain and Ireland, a second-string line-up comfortably running up a 32-6 win over Scotland at Murrayfield.

The huge gulf between the best team in the southern hemisphere and one of Europe's weaker countries was underlined on Saturday as the All Blacks extended their unbeaten run against Scotland to 27 matches with tries from Anthony Tuitavake, Piri Weepu and man of the match Richard Kahui and Anthony Boric.

Flyhalf Stephen Donald, who did well enough to ensure Dan Carter was not brought off the bench until the final ten minutes, contributed 10 points with four kicks landed out of five.

Kahui said that while delighted to have been on the winning side and starring for them, that he was not guaranteed to be in the starting lineup next time out.

"It was an awesome game and good to come out on the right side," he said. "You cannot really judge one's performances from match to match, to make a real statement I would have to do that week to week."

Kahui added that happy as he was to receive the man of the match award, that the prize, a bottle of champagne would be stored away until the end of the tour as the All Blacks try and do a Home Nations Grand Slam.

"I will save it to the end of the tour!"

New Zealand coach Graham Henry had opted to keep his powder dry for the tougher tests that lie ahead by naming a lineup featuring three debutants and 12 changes from the side that started last weekend's Bledisloe Cup win over Australia in Hong Kong.

That had led to the Scots kicking off with high hopes of taking advantage of the relative inexperience of their opponents' lineup to end their 103-year wait for a victory over the All Blacks.

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