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All Blacks romp past Japan 83-7 in World Cup

Updated: September 16, 2011, 05:50

HAMILTON, New Zealand(AP) In a World Cup match where only the scoreline was in doubt, New Zealand crossed for 13 tries in a 83-7 win over Japan on Friday that was its biggest victory since the last tournament.

Even after the late injury dramas within the All Blacks squad, with captain Richie McCaw, Dan Carter and Mils Muliaina dropping out of the match, they were still far superior to a second-string Japan side.

Japan coach and former All Blacks winger John Kirwan, who sacrificed his backup players to try to save his frontline starters for later matches against Canada and Tonga, said they were simply overwhelmed.

The All Blacks actually began with a surprising lack of urgency for the first half-hour, but gradually warmed to the task on a cool evening in Waikato Stadium.

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