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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 September 2007, 10:51 GMT 11:51 UK
NZ v Portugal as it happened

Result: New Zealand 108-13 Portugal

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By Phil Harlow

606: DEBATE

1342: The All Blacks embrace their opponents warmly, recognising a brave performance from Os Lobos that will live long in the memory for their players and fans.

80 mins: TRY New Zealand 108-13 Portugal
New Zealand kick to the corner from a line-out and drive forward before going wide to the right wing.

Nick Evans loops out a long pass and there is an exquisite piece of skill from Aaron Mauuger as he flicks the ball over his head perfectly into the path of Conrad Smith who scores in the corner.

Evans kicks the conversion to end the match.

76 mins: TRY New Zealand 101-13 Portugal
Another instant response from New Zealand as they drive forward before Carl Hayman, playing in the second row after coming on as a replacement, ambles over the line.

Nick Evans kicks the conversion to bring up the century for New Zealand.

75 mins: PEN New Zealand 94-13 Portugal
You have to salute Portugal's refual to give in, and they are rewarded with a well-struck penalty by Duarte Pinto after the All Blacks infringe at the breakdown.

73 mins: TRY New Zealand 94-10 Portugal
The ball is kicked ahead and New Zealand regain possession before attacking down the blind-side where centre Conrad Smith dances down the touch-line before scoring under the posts.

Nick Evans kicks the conversion.

71 mins: A bit of complacency perhaps from New Zealand as Aaron Mauger bursts clear from his 22 before firing a long pass which is intercepted by Antonio Aguilar.

68 mins: TRY New Zealand 87-10 Portugal
A shame for Portugal as they mount a promising attack from halfway only to turn the ball over in contact and allow New Zealand's Joe Rokocoko and Aaron Mauger to combine to set up Leon MacDonald.

Once again, Nick Evans kicks the extra two points.

65 mins: TRY New Zealand 80-10 Portugal
Another piece of class from centre Aaron Mauger results in another New Zealand try.

He takes a pass from Andy Ellis and just drifts outside the attempted tackle and eases into the space in front of him for the score. Nick Evans again kicks the conversion.

60 mins: TRY New Zealand 73-10 Portugal
Jerry Collins is starting to run riot as he shows there is more to his game than just smashing people to the floor in the tackle.

He displays great hands and awareness to take three or four defenders out of the game with an arcing run before releasing replacement Andy Ellis to score under the posts. Nick Evans adds the easy conversion.

59 mins: TRY New Zealand 66-10 Portugal
A classy try from Nick Evans as he just glides through the gap with the ball in both hands after the forwards make massive ground through the middle.

Evans turns around and kicks the conversion.

57 mins: New Zealand win a penalty in the middle of the pitch and go wide with a tap. Leon MacDonald grubbers wide for Isaia Toeava but the kick bounces awkwardly and the winger is unable to collect.

54 mins: Portugal are dominating territory at the moment, and even winning the odd line-out. Duarte Pinto has a crack at a drop-goal but it ends up wide of the posts.

50 mins: TRY New Zealand 59-10 Portugal
The predictable response comes from New Zealand as they power upfield and win a line-out in Portugal's 22.

They get quick ball off the top and a simple peel move gives scrum-half Brendon Leonard his first Test try. Nick Evans kicks the conversion.

48 mins: TRY New Zealand 52-10 Portugal
Portugal tap and go from the penalty and embark on a series of drives around the fringes, inching closer and closer to the All Blacks line.

They get over the line in a mass of bodies, and referee Chris White sends the question upstairs: "Is there any reason I cannot award the try?" After a lengthy deliberation, the try - scored by replacement Rui Cordeiro - is awarded and the crowd go bananas. Hats off to Portugal.

Fly-half Duarte Pinto kicks the conversion to bring his side into double figures. A superb effort from Os Lobos.

46 mins: Great play from Portugal winger Antonio Aguilar as he cuts through the line before chipping ahead. Joe Rokocoko makes a mess of dealing with it and Portugal set up camp in the All Blacks 22.

45 mins: Chris Jack fumbles a pass in midfield and Portugal try to hack it forward, For a split-second it looks as though Vasco Uva could have a route to the line but he misses the awkwardly bouncing ball with his attempted fly-hack.

44 mins: Portugal win a penalty and clear their lines after Aaron Mauger is penalised for no releasing.

43 mins: New Zealand are opting for a muscular start to the second half, driving it right up the middle. They are doing well in terms of keeping a professional and structured approach in a match where it would be easy to start playing Hollywood rugby.

41 mins: Portugal collect the kick-off as the second-half gets under way. Replacement fly-half Duarte Pinto, one of three half-time substitutions for Portugal, kicks a superb touch finder, making fully 50m.

40 mins: TRY New Zealand 45-3 Portugal
Andrew Hore's sheer power and strength is too much for Portugal as he hands-off two or three defenders to cross. New Zealand are playing some lovely stuff, with the interpassing and support play enough to trouble any side.

Hore, who boasts a remarkable moustache, celebrates his try as Nick Evans kicks another conversion.

The half-time whistle goes and both teams are applauded off the pitch.

37 mins: An excellent tackle from Diogo Mateus dumps Joe Rokocoko firmly on his backside and Portugal win a penalty after the winger holds on.

34 mins: TRY New Zealand 45-3 Portugal
Some powerful driving through the middle cuts Portugal open, and flanker Chris Masoe takes the ball on the run and bursts through two tackles to cross. Nick Evans misses with the kick.

32 mins: TRY New Zealand 40-3 Portugal
After a stirring opening from Portugal, this is becoming the predicted procession.

Jerry Collins is again at the heart of things as scores after taking the pass from Isaia Tovea. Nick Evans kicks the conversion.

29 mins: TRY New Zealand 33-3 Portugal
From quick ball off the top of the line-out, Jerry Collins makes a lightening break. Two Portugal defenders bring him down, and he finds Aaron Mauger on his shoulder to score. Nick Evans again kicks the extras.

27 mins: TRY New Zealand 26-3 Portugal
Some great interpassing from the All Blacks puts lock Ali Williams into space and he gallops home from the 22m line.

Nick Evans kicks the conversion.

25 mins: TRY New Zealand 19-3 Portugal
Normal service is resumed as winger Isaia Toeava takes a beautiful short pass off Aaron Mauger to cross under the posts. Nick Evans cannot miss with the conversion, and he doesn't.

22 mins: DROP-GOAL New Zealand 12-3 Portugal
Moments like these are why a lot of us watch sport. New Zealand miss touch and Portugal swing the ball wide. They recycle it and then give Goncalo Malheiro the chance to drop through the posts.

He and his team-mates are over the moon, and the crowd gives them a standing ovation.

20 mins: Brilliant stuff from Portugal that has the crowd on its feet. They intercept on halfway and Goncalo Malheiro gathers and hacks down the field into open space.

Antonio Aguilar wins the foot race with a slightly hesitant Joe Rokocoko and hacks forward again, forcing Brendon Leonard to kick the ball into touch just short of the corner flag. There's a lovely moment as Leonard and Malheiro share a joke.

Unfortunately, Portugal's throw-in to the line-out is not straight.

18 mins: Portugal are still battling away, surviving two All Blacks scrums under their posts, and then winning a penalty after Isaia Toeava is penalised for holding on to the ball on the floor.

16 mins: Jerry Collins makes a great break from inside his own half and then kicks forward as he faces two defenders.

Some slightly eccentric play from the covering Antonio Aguilar saves the try, although not without some worries for his team-mates.

14 mins: Portugal are doing more than just defending. Some lovely running from full-back Pedro Leal sees him shrug off Nick Evans's tackle and he makes great ground down the left.

12 mins: TRY New Zealand 12-0 Portugal
The one thing that Portugal cannot compete with though is the out-and-out pace of a certain Joe Rokocoko.

A quick line-out on half-way catches Portugal out, and Rokocoko's silky running is simply too much for Portugal. This time Nick Evans adds the extras.

10 mins: Portugal flanker Paulo Murinello has caught the eye so far with some fine clearing-out work at the breakdown. Los Lobos are holding their own in the contact area.

8 mins: Portugal lock Marcello d'Orey intercepts a pass from Brendon Leonard just outside his 22. The burly number four is never likely to go 60m to score so decides to boot to ball only to see his kick go straight into touch.

6 mins: Joe Rokocoko threatens the line again, but a fine tackle from full-back Pedro Leal knocks the ball out of his grasp as he tries to find the supporting Sione Lauaki.

Portugal clear the danger and get a cheer from the crowd like they have won the World Cup. It's fair to say that they have the support of the neutrals.

4 mins: TRY New Zealand 5-0 Portugal
It doesn't take too long for the All Blacks to open their account.

Their forwards make the hard yards up the middle and then Joe Rokocoko gets the ball in midfield and puts his foot down, accelerating past three tacklers to score.

Despite taking his time, fly-half Nick Evans puts a dreadful conversion attempt wide of the posts.

2 mins: Portugal survive New Zealand's first attack with some honest defence and clear their lines through Goncalo Malheiro.

1 min: Portugal kick off and reclaim the ball in the air. They drive forward and fly-half Goncalo Malheiro looks to be setting himself for a drop-goal only to see the pass go behind him.

1200: Let's just remind ourselves of the teams on show in Lyon:

New Zealand: Muliaina, Toeava, Smith, Mauger, Rokocoko, Evans, Leonard, Tialata, Hore, Somerville, Jack, Williams, Collins, Masoe, Lauaki.
Replacements: Oliver, Woodcock, Hayman, So'oialo, Mealamu, Ellis, MacDonald.

Portugal: Leal, Aguilar, Portela, D. Mateus, Carvalho, Malheiro,Pissarra, Da Silva, Correia, Spachuck, D'Orey, G. Uva, Coutinho, Murinello, V. Uva.
Replacements: Cordeiro, Ferreira, Penalva, Girao, J. Uva, J. Pinto, D. Pinto.

1159: The All Blacks go through their traditional pre-match haka, and Portugal respectfully meet the challenge. They've learned the lesson from Italy's decision to ignore it last week - it doesn't pay to rile the All Blacks unnecessarily.

1158: Portugal's players are almost besides themselves as they belt out their national anthem. Try telling them they don't deserve to be here.

1154: New Zealand have promised to show some "sensitivity" at the scrum in order to avoid any injuries to the front row, but don't expect to see much sensitivity elsewhere in the game.

1146: We're a few minutes away from the start of the first game of the day, and this is no ordinary World Cup match-up.

New Zealand, the odds-on favourites to win the tournament and the number one-ranked team in the world, are facing Portugal, a team made up almost entirely of amateurs.

Safety concerns have been raised, but Portugal's players have insisted they deserve the right to take on the might of the All Blacks on the world stage.

Portugal say that losing by anything less than 100 would constitute a moral victory.

SEE ALSO
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Scotland 56-10 Portugal
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11 Sep 07 |  Rugby Union
Portugal edge last World Cup spot
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