All Blacks Overpower US Eagles 104-14 To Launch Northern Tour
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Oct, 2021 ) :Will Jordan scored three tries as the All Blacks overwhelmed the United States 104-14 on Saturday to launch a five-match northern hemisphere tour.
A dazzling masterclass of passing and flair by the All Blacks humbled the outmatched Eagles, who nevertheless managed their first-ever tries against New Zealand despite dropping their most lopsided of four blowout defeats in the all-time rivalry.
The All Blacks were coming off a loss to South Africa three weeks ago that denied them an unbeaten run in the Rugby Championship while the Eagles suffered a World Cup qualifying loss to Uruguay two weeks ago.
New Zealand coach Ian Foster provided players who saw little action in the Rugby Championship a chance to show their skills ahead of European matches.
Sam Whitelock, who missed later Rugby Championship matches in Australia, took over captain's duties for the All Blacks with long-term captain Sam Cane returning in the second half after recovering from a torn pectoral muscle.
Moments after fans cheered the All Blacks performing the Haka, they watched New Zealand flanker Luke Jacobson score the first try only seconds into the match, taking the third pass of the day to complete a run down the left.
Damian McKenzie took Quinn Tupaea's offload on a breakaway for a try in the 13th minute and Richie Mo'unga's third conversion made it 26-0.
But the Americans celebrated at the end of the first half as Nate Augspurger broke free, evaded McKenzie and raced over the line for the first US try against the All Blacks, kneeling and raising his arms skyward as the Eagles pulled within 59-7.
Eagles winger Ryan Matyas scored another US try in the 53rd minute, his grounding on the line withstanding video review, only for All Blacks reserve Anton Lienert-Brown to score a try in response in the 55th minute for a 78-14 lead.