New Zealand All Blacks brush US Eagles aside

Sonny Bill Williams celebrated his return to the International rugby union with a brace of tries as New Zealand’s All Blacks brushed the US Eagles 6-74 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Sonny Bill Williams (SBW) was playing in his first international rugby match since returning from a two year stint in Rugby League.

SBW’s Sydney Roosters were knocked out of the NRL at the semi-final stage which ended his commitments in Rugby League and he has signed with the New Zealand Rugby Union on a two year deal that will see him playing Super Rugby again for his former team the Chiefs.

The contest put the 18th ranked team up against the team ranked first in the IRB world rankings and was their first meeting since 1991.

The All Blacks fielded a second string team made up mainly of regular replacement players but they still outscored the Eagles by 12 tries to none.

The All
Blacks showed class when experience meant nothing, as there were 12 changes
to the 15 that started against Australia two weeks ago.

Only full back Israel Dagg, winger Corry Jane and stand in captain Kieran Read
survived in a team that consisted largely of fringe players and reserves.

The All Blacks got off the mark as early as the 3rd minute with a Nathan Harris
try. But Aaron Cruden, who started at flyhalf ending his exile for alcohol related problems and missed the team plane to Argentina last month, failed to convert.

The United States Eagles then searched for their first try ever against the
All Blacks. They won a penalty in the 11th minute after Williams had dragged
down Captain Todd Clever by the ankles.

The kick was coolly converted by Adam Siddall.

Some industrious play by Dagg rewarded Jane with an All Blacks try in the 15th
minute. Cruden converted giving the visitors a 12-3 lead.

The Eagles added another three points on the score board when Siddall slotted
his second penalty kick of the day.

In what seemed like an All Blacks try and an Eagles penalty interchange, New
Zealand scored two tries in two minutes through Patrick Tuipulotu and Sonny
Bill Williams. Cruden converted both efforts.

The massacre had only just begun for the US and it was confirmed in the 24th
minute after Piutau squeezed in the visitors fifth try.

The Eagles showed plenty of endeavour in attack, but when the All Blacks got
the ball, the Americans really struggled to keep up.

The All Blacks went 38-6 ahead in the 30th minute when Williams added his
second try of the afternoon after getting past a weak US tackle while surging
forward. Cruden converted.

Julian Savea added his name on the rampage sheet for his 28th Test try in
the 33rd minute and the All Blacks juggernaut was just rolling on all four cylinders.

They went into the break leading 43-6.

Quick second half tries by Joe Moody and Cruden cushioned the visitors with
a 53-6 advantage. But they were not done yet.

Dan Carter, rugby unions’ most marketable player, was subsequently introduced
for Cruden for his first Test appearance of the season. Carter showed a good
turn of speed to send Dagg away in the corner giving the full back a fully deserved
try.

Carter had no problem converting from out wide.

Sam Cane then broke through the Eagles weak defence to notch the 11th try for
the visitors before Carter added the extra two points giving the All Blacks
a huge 67-6 advantage.

The soldier field crowd was up on its feet again appreciating the All Blacks
attacking display when Carter and Victor Vito combined to set up Savea for his
second try. Carter had the last say in the match after converting right at the
death.

The All Blacks have tough Tests lined up ahead as they are set to tackle England,
Wales and Scotland.

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