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Baby All Blacks bounce back for second win

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/06/2017

Five-time champions New Zealand have won their second game at the under-20 rugby world championships in Georgia, rebounding from a shaky start to account for Italy 68-26.

The victory follows an opening 42-20 win over Scotland, and means they top pool B with one match remaining against winless Ireland.

The Kiwis went behind after only a minute to an intercept try, Italian fullback Simone Cornelli outstripping the defence on an 80m sprint to the line.

But they regathered to run in nine tries, including a brace for winger Caleb Clarke, son of 10-Test All Blacks midfielder Eroni.

First five-eighth Tiaan Falcon kicked 19 points in the hour he was on the field.

New Zealand's vulnerability to the driving maul, apparent also their opening match against Scotland, saw them give away several penalties, including the loss of captain Luke Jacobson to the sin-bin.

New Zealand coach Craig Philpott says his team still have plenty of room for improvement.

"Defensively, we pride ourselves on protecting our line so we want to get better in that respect," he said.

"But I guess we want to play some rugby too, and when you do that sometimes there is a bit of risk involved."

Defending champions England, New Zealand and Australia are the only teams to win their first two matches, although France and South Africa are also still unbeaten after drawing 23-23.

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