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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 October, 2003, 04:19 GMT 05:19 UK
Clockwatch: NZ 70-7 Italy
All the action from the Pool D opener in Melbourne.

Latest first - scroll down for earlier action. All times BST.


80mins: The All Black pack drives deep into the Italy half, as Leon MacDonald grabs the 11th - and final - try of the evening. Carter slots the last kick of the match as the whistle is blown.
NZ 70-7 Italy

74mins: Nonu continues his impressive form under the roof of the Telstra Dome with yet another blistering break.

69mins: Nonu storms through the midfield, allowing Rokocoko to touch down before leaving the field with a slight muscle strain. Carter continues to pile on the points with the boot.
NZ 63-7 Italy

67mins: As the floodgates open, Carter secures the All Black's ninth try after a trademark 'spin' from Rokocoko. The All Blacks number 12 adds two more to his try.
NZ 56-7 Italy

62mins: Both sides make a number of changes - but it fails to turn the tide as Marshall sprints over for the All Blacks. Carter grabs his third conversion.
NZ 49-7 Italy

61mins: Spencer grabs his second of the evening, after a good turnover ball from the pack and a superb quick break from replacement centre Nonu. Carter fails with the conversion.
NZ 42-7 Italy

56mins: Rokocoko finishes off a fine back-line move, thanks to some quick hands from Carter and Howlett. Carter fails with a tricky conversion wide on the left.
NZ 37-7 Italy

51mins: Number eight Matt Philips goes over for a well deserved try for Italy after an intense period of pressure. Peens converts the extras with a fine kick.
NZ 32-7 Italy

48mins: Italy number 15 Peens goes over after breaking through Marshall's tacklr but again he is held up by the All Blacks defence.

47mins: Italy are stopped inches from the line after a fine break from Nicola Mazzucato.

42mins: Seconds later, Howlett sprints down the right wing after another kick from Spencer to grab New Zealand's fifth try. Carter again takes the kick - and grabs his second of the night.
NZ 32-0 Italy

41mins: Spencer's high up-and-under is marginally knocked on by Richie McCaw to the relief of the Italy fans.

40mins: Francesco Mazzariol kicks off for Italy to start the second half.


39mins: Spencer again misses the kick before the half-time whistle is blown.

37mins: New Zealand grab their fourth try just before the break - with a move again started just outside the 22. Rokocoko proves too quick for Scott Palmer to allow Spencer to ease over.
NZ 25-0 Italy

34mins: The All Blacks destroy the Italian scrum yards from the line, but Marshall knocks on to allow the Europeans to clear.

30mins: All Black scrum-half Justin Marshall makes a superb break for the All Blacks but Carter knocks on the Italy 22.

28mins: Italy full-back Gert Peens - who has looked impresssive from the start - intercepts a Thorne pass but again the move stalls.

27mins: Italy maintain possession well to force the Kiwis back into their 22, but a knock-on brings the play to an end.

26mins: Ma'a Nonu replaces Umaga - but there are further worries for the Kiwis with Spencer limping badly.

25mins: Daniel Carter cuts through numerous blue shirts after sprinting from inside his 22 to feed Doug Howlett who touches over underneath the posts. Carter adds the extras.
NZ 20-0 Italy

21mins: A strong tackle from Italy centre Matteo Barbini forces Spencer into Umaga - who looks to have injured his left knee.

19mins: The All Blacks earn a free-kick for feeding at the scrum. Spencer kicks across-field for Rokocoko who knocks on with the line beckoning.

14mins: New Zealand score the try of the tournament so far, keeping the ball alive through dozens of pairs of hands to allow another Thorne - this time the captain Reuben - to ease over. Again Spencer misses with the extras.
NZ 13-0 Italy

9mins: Brad Thorn grabs his first try for the All Blacks after forcing his way through Italy prop Salvatore Perugini's tackle with a strong hand-off. Spencer slices the extras.
NZ 8-0 Italy

7mins: Daniel Carter makes a blistering break in midfield after stepping off his right foot, but again the blue defence holds firm.

6min: Joe Rokocoko storms down the left win for the All Blacks, but Italy close him down as Italy slowly gain confidence.

4mins: Italy scrum-half Matteo Mazzantin clears for Italy to relieve some intense All Black pressure.

3min: Italy lose their opening line-out just outside their 22. The Kiwis show their intention to keep the ball in hand with Tana Umaga almost making an early breakthrough.

0536: Spencer kicks-off for New Zealand and earns an instant penalty from in front of the posts. The All Blacks fly-half slots the first points.
NZ 3-0 Italy

0533: The All Blacks - led by fly-half Carlos Spencer - perform the Haka in front of a packed crowd as Italy's players look on.

0529: Carlo Checchinato of Italy and Kiwi Reuben Thorne lead the teams out into the Telstra Dome.

Match kicks-off 0530: Joint World Cup favourites New Zealand have named their strongest squad for their opening match against Italy.

The All Blacks will field their first XV against an Azzurri side missing captain Allesandro Troncon - who will start on the bench.


New Zealand: M Muliaina; D Howlett, T Umaga, D Carter, J Rokocoko; C Spencer, J Marshall; D Hewett, K Mealamu, G Somerville; B Thorn, C Jack; R Thorne (capt), R McCaw, J Collins

Replacements: M Hammett, K Meeuws, R So'oialo, M Holah, S Devine, M Nonu, L MacDonald

Italy: G Peens, M Bergamasco, A Masi, M Barbini, N Mazzucato, F Mazzariol, M Mazzantini, M Phillips, M Bergamasco, C Bezzi, C Checchinato (capt), S Palmer, R Martinez, C Festuccia, S Perugini.

Replacements: F Ongaro, M Castrogiovanni, S Parisse, A Benatti, A Troncon, R Wakarua, G Canale.





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