New Zealand 92-7 Tonga: All Blacks Cruise to Big Win in Final World Cup Warm-up Match

George Bridge scored four tries as New Zealand beat Tonga 92-7



Winger George Bridge scored four tries while full-back Ben Smith and centre Ryan Crotty scored twice each as New Zealand overwhelmed Tonga 92-7 in their last match before defending their Rugby World Cup title in Japan.

Bridge's first try was among eight scored by the All Blacks in the first half, after which they led 54-0, and he added three more in the second half as New Zealand brought their tally for the match to 14.

Smith scored both of his tries in the first half, playing his way back into form with perfect timing ahead of New Zealand's World Cup opener against South Africa in Yokohama on September 21.

Beauden Barrett kicked seven conversions, playing only the first half, and Josh Ioane added four on his debut after taking over the goal kicking in the second half.

New Zealand still fell short of their record winning margin against Tonga which still stands at 102-0 in 2000.

Tonga, ranked 15 in the world, showed an indomitable spirit by scoring the last try of the match through captain Siale Piutau and holding New Zealand scoreless for the last 15 minutes.

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