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New Zealand beats Canada 79-15 at Rugby World Cup

Updated: October 02, 2011, 00:19


WELLINGTON, New Zealand(AP) Winger Zac Guildford scored four of 12 tries as New Zealand beat Canada 79-15 on Sunday, while flyhalf Colin Slade failed to seize his moment hours after becoming New Zealand's first-choice flyhalf for the pressured knockout rounds of the Rugby World Cup.

Slade stepped into a glaring spotlight at the Wellington Regional Stadium after being nominated by coach Graham Henry as New Zealand's flyhalf-elect to replace test points record holder Daniel Carter who has been forced out of the tournament with a groin injury.

The 23-year-old Slade started for only the fourth time in his nine-test career and in what, in normal circumstances, might have been low-key match and a moderate test of his temperament and ability. New Zealand had already qualified for the quarterfinals and it's win on Sunday clinched a 4-0 sweep of its Pool A games.

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