Baby Blacks thrash Scotland

Date published: June 2 2015

New Zealand showed their class with a 68-10 victory over Scotland to go the top of Pool C in emphatic fashion.

The experience in their side with Super Rugby duo Akira Ioane and Tevita Li proved to have a big effect as they ran in nine tries against the Scots.

Scotland did start brightly, going ahead after Mitchell Hunt and Rory Hutchinson had traded penalties by getting their forward pack going and scoring off the back of a rolling maul through Lewis Carmichael.

New Zealand had already lost Jack Goodhue to the sin-bin but hit back immediately when full-back George Bridge crossed the line.

Li made his influence felt with a fine solo score and from there New Zealand were in control, with Hunt adding a second penalty and Ioane crossing for a converted try for New Zealand to lead 27-10 at half-time.

Right from the start of the second half New Zealand stepped on the gas, running in six tries in the half including one for replacement Geoffrey Cridge after Ioane gave him the easiest try of his life with a free pass in the in-goal area.

Scotland fell away as the scoreboard ticked over and their errors grew, with New Zealand showing their cutting edge and impressing throughout as they bid to end a three-year drought in this competition.

Hunt, who starred throughout at fly-half, finished with 28 points to his name with a late try, while centre TJ Faiane completed the scoring with a fine individual score.

The scorers:

For New Zealand:
Tries: Bridge, Li, Ioane, Gibson, Karpik, Ja Goodhue, Cridge, Hunt, Faiane
Cons: Hunt 7
Pens: Hunt 3

Yellow Card: Ja Goodhue

For Scotland:
Try: Carmichael
Con: Hutchinson

Pen: Hutchinson

Yellow Card: Russell

New Zealand: 15 George Bridge, 14 Nathaniel Apa, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Tinoai (TJ) Faiane, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Blake Gibson, 7 Mitchell Karpik, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 James Blackwell, 4 Joshua Goodhue, 3 Atunaisa Moli (c), 2 Liam Polwart, 1 Ricky Riccitelli.

Replacements: 16 Steven Misa, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Isileli Tu'ungafasi, 19 Geoffrey Cridge, 20 Henry Stowers, 21 Harrison Levien, 22 Luteru Laulala, 23 Sean Wainui.

Scotland: 15 Ruairi Howarth, 14 Robbie Nairn, 13 Archie Russell, 12 Tom Galbraith, 11 Alec Coombes, 10 Rory Hutchinson, 9 Ben Vellacott, 8 Ally Miller, 7 Jamie Ritchie (c), 6 Lewis Wynne, 5 Lewis Carmichael, 4 Scott Cummings, 3 Callum Sheldon, 2 Sam James, 1 Dan Elkington.
Replacements: 16 Ross Graham, 17 Murray McCallum, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Neil Irvine-Hess, 20 Magnus Bradbury, 21 George Horne, 22 Blair Kinghorn, 23 Richard Galloway.