The All Blacks recorded a 92-7 rout of Tonga in their final warm-up game before the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The eye-watering scoreline represents how devastating Steve Hansen’s side can be when they are firing on all cylinders but it is also another painful reminder of the massive disparity between Tier 1 and Tier 2 nations.
New Zealand ran in 14 tries en route to a thumping win and it was rookie winger George Bridge who really caught the eye for the men in black.
This was Bridge’s fifth cap for the All Blacks but his four-try haul and his all-around involvement in other tries for his team will give Hansen a headache when he is selecting his back-three for their opening clash with the Springboks on Saturday, September 21.
One of Bridge’s tries occurred just seven seconds into the second half as the Crusaders man fielded his own side’s kick-off and cantered in for a try in the corner.
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— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) September 7, 2019