The All Blacks are crushing the United States in epic proportions
All Blacks 104 United States 14
Ugly is the only way to describe the record broken by the All Blacks handed over to the United States on Sunday morning at FedEx Field in Maryland.
A shift of epic proportions was predicted, and that’s exactly what happened when the All Blacks ran in 16 tries to register their biggest win over the United States, easily eclipsing the 74-6 margin in the last time these teams met in Chicago in 2014.
TJ Perenara’s last try broke the century with the final game to give the All Blacks their third all-time high behind just 108 scored against Portugal in the 2007 World Cup and the 145-17 rout of the Japan in 1995.
In July of this year, the All Blacks won 102-0 over a heavily exhausted Tongan side at Mt Smart Stadium – a game that didn’t do much for either side.
This test is part of the same category.
Ahead of kick-off, both teams paid touching tributes to Sean Wainui, the New Zealand Chiefs and Maori backline utility, who died in a car crash near Tauranga on Monday.
The United States gave the All Blacks a jersey with the number 11 on the back; the All Blacks held 11 seconds of silence before a passionate haka.
Once the match started, however, a one-sided procession revealed the rift in the class which appeared to be amateurs versus professionals.
Luke Jacobson opened the scoring after 29 seconds, Will Jordan netted a hat-trick and it sometimes took Richie Mo’unga longer to cover up attempts than it took for the All Blacks to stop.
The All Blacks led 59-7 after amassing nine tries in the first half – their third-largest halftime lead in history.
Richie Mo’unga bursts into space during the All Blacks’ loss to the United States in Washington DC. Athletic
With this game scheduled outside the designated testing window, the United States were still in the shadows after six of their best players returned to European clubs after their loss to Uruguay.
Regardless of those challenges, it was a demeaning portrayal of American rugby credentials.
The goal of this match was to cash in New Zealand rugby 3 to 4 million dollars. Going forward, however, it will be increasingly difficult to justify sending the full-fledged All Blacks squad to the United States if that’s the level of competition they can expect.
The United States relished their first downs against the All Blacks – half-back Nate Augspurger replaced Damian McKenzie to claim the honor just before half-time, and left winger Ryan Matyas crossed into the corner in the second half .
Nate Augspurger scores a try for the home side during an international rugby match between the USA Eagles and the All Blacks in Washington DC. Athletic
Otherwise, their soft defense left a lot to be desired, with the All Blacks scoring at will.
The second five-eighth Chiefs Quinn Tupaea, in his fifth test, stood out for the All Blacks. His direct stroke, options and unloading push his case for more playing time.
Lock Tupou Vaa’i also featured prominently, as did Jordan’s slippery presence that appeared all over the Washington NFL team’s field.
Blues half-back Finlay Christie, on his first test start, was impressed with his speed to the base, his support lines and his impeccable performance allowing the All Blacks to overthrow the United States in the first half. time with relentless rhythm and tempo.
Loose forwards Jacobson and Hoskins Sotutu also had a field day in the wide canals in the first half while Taranaki and Chiefs lock Josh Lord made his test debut after coming off the bench in the 58th minute for replace Captain Sam Whitelock.
As tends to be the case when such exaggerated advances are racked up, the All Blacks lost their way in the second half with the introduction of the bench disrupting the flow. The penalties were pushed back and the penalties contributed to an irregular second spell, but they’ll be grateful to reintroduce veterans Sam Cane and Dane Coles.
The first stop on the All Blacks’ five-game north tour is on the books. The sooner they leave, the better.
All Blacks: Luke Jacobson 2, Ethan de Groot, Will Jordan 3, Damian McKenzie, Richie Mo’unga, Angus Ta’avao 2, Quinn Tupaea, Dalton Papalii, Anton Lienert-Brown, Beauden Barrett, Dane Coles, TJ Perenara tries, Richie Mo ‘ unga against 10, Damian McKenzie against
UNITED STATES: Nate Augspurger tries, Ryan Matyas, Luke Carty con 2