Putting on a show for the New Zealand faithful, the Kiwis exciting, razzle-dazzle style of play led them to a 74-6 win over Scotland yesterday.
Just last year – albeit, the Scots had a very different side – the two sides drew 18-all, as the Kiwis wiped away any bad memories about that game to record this comprehensive one.
The extra level of class and experience was evident as the Kiwis made 18 line-breaks and 31 offloads to highlight their dominance throughout the whole match.
The moment was made extra special for Shaun Johnson, who passed Matthew Ridge to become the highest ever point-scorer for New Zealand after his 22-point haul.
The onslaught started early as a maiden Kiwis try to back-rower Kenny Bromwich followed by a try to winger Jason Nightingale gave the Kiwis a 10-point lead.
The attack continued to flow as further tries to Joseph Tapine, a second to Nightingale, Te Maire Martin, Peta Hiku and Russell Packer gave the Kiwis a resounding 28-0 lead at half-time.
Little changed in the second as the tries continued to flow for the Kiwis, as they build their confidence moving forward.
Despite the scoreline, Scotland was courageous and never gave up in their bid to score a try and they eventually got one as Oscar Thomas broke their deadlock late on.
The comprehensive win is one that made Kiwis coach David Kidwell happy, with every player performing their duties and roles as required.
“All the forwards are really standing up and creating that space for the outside backs and halves to do their role,” Kidwell said.
“Roger, his role is to push up around these big boys, make sure that if they get their arm free, he’s there to capitalise.
“His energy around the ball is what we’re looking for.”
Player of the Game:
3. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
2. Te Maire Martin
- Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
New Zealand Kiwis 74 (Martin 3, Hiku 3, Nightingale 2, Whare, Johnson, Taylor, Bromwich, Tapine, Packer tries; Johnson 9 goals) defeated Scotland Bravehearts 6 (Thomas try; Addy goal). Half-time: New Zealand Kiwis 28 led Scotland Bravehearts 0. Crowd: 12,130