Saturday 18 November 2017

All Blacks success fails to impress

New Zealand 43 Georgia 10

New Zealand's Julian Savea dives in to score his third try
New Zealand's Julian Savea dives in to score his third try

Georgia proved that the All Blacks are human, just made of blood and guts, as they made the champions sweat all the way at The Millennium Stadium last night.

The holders took just 80 seconds to move clear as right wing Waisake Naholo bulldozed through bodies.

The neutrals must have feared the worst. What they saw was the best of Georgia in a magical snapshot. Full-back Beka Tsiklauri hacked on and gathered for out-half Lasha Malaguradze to convert in the sixth minute.

Immediately, Julian Savea powered through Tsiklauri into the left corner. The work of Mamuka Gorgodze handed Malaguradze a shot to nothing. The fly-half turned it into three points.

Savea strolled in for his second on the left. Hooker Dane Coles pinched the bonus point from Richie McCaw's intelligence for 22-10 in the 22nd minute,

The Georgians began to struggle for air just as the All Blacks Jerome Kaino committed an uncharacteristic ninth handling error.

On resumption, New Zealand looked to establish a new supremacy.

Instead, Georgia blew them backwards at the scrum to escape a relentless onslaught.

The speed of movement and addition of Savea into the line made space for Naholo only for centre Davit Kacharava to hammer him into touch.

The dam was eventually busted by Kieran Read from Aaron Smith's quick tap penalty in the 52nd minute.

This did nothing to deter the men from The Back Sea.

They put their personal safety at risk in defence of their line.

But, Savea completed his hat-trick and Malakai Fekitoa closed the book with the seventh try in the 75th minute.

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