Rugby World Cup – NZ v. Japan

Tonight’s match at 8pm from Hamilton should be a statisticians dream. The weather though may be factor.

Previous stats:

  • New Zealand and Japan have played once before, with New Zealand winning 145-17 at Rugby World Cup 1995.
  • New Zealand’s 145 points in that match is the highest score in a RWC match.
  • New Zealand’s 128-point winning margin in that match is the second-biggest win in the RWC, second only to Australia’s 142-point win over Namibia in 2003, and is the All Blacks’ biggest Test win.
  • That match also produced RWC records for most points in a match by one player (45, Simon Culhane, NZL), most tries in a match by one player (six, Marc Ellis, NZL) and most conversions in a match by one player (20, Simon Culhane).
  • Hiroyuki Kajihara (two tries) and Keiji Hirose (two conversions and one penalty) are the only Japanese players to score points against New Zealand.
  • Ten All Blacks have scored points against Japan, six of them have scored at least 10 points, three have scored a hat-trick of tries.
  • Granny

    And for the truly superstitious, the only conversion that Simon Culhane missed was the 13th one.

  • thor42

    One stats highlight from tonight’s game (I’m pretty sure of this) – I think it’s the first game in this Cup with no penalty goals kicked.
    Anyway, in spite of the poor opposition (almost as poor as Liarbore) – it was enjoyable anyway! Good to see SBW have a few breaks and get a couple of tries. Yes, I’m as tired of his boxing and other off-field stuff as anyone, but when he has a good game he’s great to watch – I’ll say that for him.
    We *do* need a tough game or two though. I’m sure the French will give us that next week.
    If we win that (and yeah, given it’s the French, that’s a BIG “if”) – and then beat Canada, we will play the runner-up in Group B in the quarter-final. That should be either Argentina or Scotland. They play each other on the 25th, so that should decide our QF opposition.

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