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All Blacks made to work against Namibia

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 24/09/2015

The All Blacks have beaten Namibia 58-14 in their second pool game at the Rugby World Cup in London.

New Zealand led 34-6 at half time and scored nine tries.

Wings Nehe Milner-Skudder and Julian Savea each touched down twice with the other tries going to loose forward Victor Vito, centre Malakai Fekitoa, first-five Beauden Barrett, replacement wing Ben Smith and replacement hooker Codie Taylor.

Follow how the game unfolded here

Centre Johan Deysel scored Namibia's only try, early in the second half.

It was the first time New Zealand and Namibia had played a test against each other.

Captain Sam Cane told Rugby World Cup 2015: "Credit to Namibia, they put us under a lot of pressure, they put a lot of pressure on us at the breakdown, they fought throughout the whole 80 minutes and never gave in and it put us under pressure at times."

Asked about playing easy pool games ahead of the quarter-finals Cane said "We're taking it one game at a time, most of the squad have had a start now and got some rust out, so we take what we can from this game and move on."

"It was a very proud performance. We won a couple of small victories during the match which we can take into the next game, particularly to score a try against the best side in the world, who normally give others at times a solid hiding," Namibian captain Jacques Burger said.

The All Blacks impressed at times - especially in attack - although Namibia defended well and the quality of the match deteriorated in the second half as substitutions were made.

Second five Sonny Bill Williams had another good game, with his off-loads leading to a couple fo tries.

Our rugby reporter said the All Blacks would be happy to leave the Olympic Stadium with a solid effort by the largely second string side, and with no obvious injuries.

The All Blacks top group C with two wins from two matches, with their next game against Georgia in Cardiff next weekend.

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