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Last Updated: Friday, 17 October, 2003, 09:04 GMT 10:04 UK
Clockwatch: Canada 6-68 New Zealand

All the action from the Pool D match in Melbourne.


80mins: Sean Fauth tries to kick and chase the ball out of danger and collides dangerously with the cameraman following a late tackle by Chris Jack. Jack is sin-binned as a result. Canada don't have time to profit from it, though, as the final whistle goes.

77mins: Nonu and the All Blacks are not finished scoring. Spencer takes a quick tap penalty and Nonu is the lucky recipient this time, knocking over any defenders in his way.
Canada 6-68 New Zealand

73mins: New Zealand launch a fresh wave of attacks through none other than the relentless Spencer. From start to finish he plays a part in everything as Muliaina takes the final pass to slide into the corner. It brings up his fourth try of the game. Carter misses his first conversion.
Canada 6-61 New Zealand

70mins: A flurry of substitutions join the fray, including All Blacks Corey Flynn and Daniel Braid.

66mins: Try number eight follows an instant later as Ralph switches to the right wing to run in. An easy score, with players to spare still around him. Carter then kicks his eighth conversion.
Canada 6-56 New Zealand

64mins: Holah is not left to rue his mistake for long as Kees Meeuws bundles his way over. It takes his career try tally to eight - a record-equalling number by any prop in the history of the game.
Canada 6-49 New Zealand

62mins: Mark Hammett rams his way past a couple of defenders. The ball is recycled and Marty Holah, thinking less about the ball and more about the try line, knocks it forward instead.

60mins: The errors mount from both sides as tiredness begins to take its toll.

56mins: Twice in the space of two minutes quick ball from the All Blacks seemingly paves the way for a try. But both times the ball is knocked on.

53mins: Canada unleash a fine break, Jamie Cudmore doing the damage. A penalty is the compensation for their imagination, which Barker slots over.
Canada 6-42 New Zealand

49mins: Muliaina completes his hat-trick with an excellent solo effort. His sniping run from a Nonu ball catches Canada unaware and even Fyffe's final clutches fail to deter him.
Canada 3-42 New Zealand

45mins: Some delightful rugby allows Muliaina his second try. Thorn is the surprise playmaker, delaying his pass to the wing before finally popping up a reverse pass to send him on his way.
Canada 3-35 New Zealand

43mins: The All Blacks once again go for Canada's weak spot by spreading it wide. Spencer launches the move and links up once more to send Ralph into the corner. But the try is disallowed as Ralph is marginally nudged into touch.

41mins: Canada resume play through Barker but Spencer immediately kicks clear.


40mins: For the remaining minutes Canada desperately try to find a way through but to no avail before the half-time whistle.

37mins: Canada try to build attack upon attack but it all turns sour as the ball is turned over. The All Blacks make them pay by spreading it wide and So'oailo duly runs in his second try.
Canada 3-28 New Zealand

33mins: Mils Muliaina completes another glamour try for his side. McDonald makes a superbly timed break and chips over the Canadian defence, which Muliana gathers for his first All Black try. Carter converts.
Canada 3-21 New Zealand

32mins: The referee has a word with Ryan Banks for a late tackle on Spencer. He escapes a sin-binning for his efforts.

31mins: Canada refuse to be deterred as they hold onto possession for a handful of moves.

27mins: The All Blacks pierce Canada's defence through Ma'a Nonu. He whips the ball to Leon MacDonald, who makes a dive for the try line. But Jim Douglas pulls him up short, only to see Rodney So'oailo touch down. Carter converts again.
Canada 3-14 New Zealand

26mins: Increasingly mini fracas are breaking out between both sides as the frustration begins to show for New Zealand.

23mins: Spencer kicks a penalty to within a whisker of Canada's try line, but Steve Devine's dire pass gives the ball back to the opposition.

20mins: Barker has a chance to cut into New Zealand's lead with his first penalty after Thorne is penalised. And over it sails.
Canada 3-7 New Zealand

18mins: Finally Canada's defence buckles courtesy of some scintillating running by the All Blacks. Spencer breaks, then chips delightfully twice in quick succession as Ralph gathers and sprints his way over the try line. Daniel Carter converts.
Canada 0-7 New Zealand

17mins: Brad Thorn lumbers his way through but is brought up short of the line by Fyffe. He releases the ball to Reuben Thorne, who fails to gather. Matt King is on hand for Canada to once again keep the game remarkably scoreless almost a quarter of the way into the contest.

14mins: Spencer kicks through intelligently to put the Canadians under pressure at a line-out deep in their territory. Cooly and calmly Jared Baker hoofs the ball upfield.

11mins: Remarkably Canada seem to be matching their opponents so far, thanks in part to All Blacks errors. Caleb Ralph is the latest villain as he knocks the ball forward in a telling move.

9mins: The All Blacks edge ever closer to a score by unleashing a host of forwards on the blindside. Canada avoid the danger for the time being as New Zealand lose possession from the resulting penalty.

6mins: Canada refuse to live up to their pre-match billing as whipping boys and unleash the best break of the game to date through Quentin Fyffe. It paves the way for a line-out deep into All Blacks territory.

4mins: Amidst a flurry of boos, New Zealand opt for goal with their first penalty of the game. Daniel Carter steps up but fluffs it.

2mins: Spencer lofts a huge kick to trouble the Canadian defence but it goes too far and the Canucks have the chance to clear courtesy of a 22 drop-out.

1037 BST: Carlos Spencer lofts the ball towards the Canadian forwards to get the game under way at Melbourne's Telstra Dome.


Canada: Q Fyffe; M King, J Cannon, M Di Girolamo, S Fauth; J Barker, E Fairhurst; K Tkachuk, A Abrams, G Cooke; J Cudmore, E Knaggs; R Banks (captain), J Douglas, J Reid.

Replacements: M Lawson, R Snow, A van Staveren, C Yukes, M Williams, R Smith, N Witkowski.

New Zealand: L MacDonald; M Muliaina, M Nonu, D Carter, C Ralph; C Spencer, S Devine; C Hoeft, M Hammett, K Meeuws, B Thorn, C Jack, R Thorne (capt), M Holah, R So'oialo.

Replacements: G Somerville, D Howlett, B Kelleher, D Braid, R McCaw, D Hewett, C Flynn.





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