New Zealand Start Quest for Rugby World Cup Title by Defeating Tonga 41-10
New Zealand opened the Rugby World Cup with a 41-10 win over Tonga as the top-ranked All Blacks seek to end a 24-year title drought.
New Zealand got two tries each from Israel Dagg and Richard Kahui, and led 29-3 at halftime after Tonga scored its first points on a penalty just before the whistle. Second-half tries from Jerome Kaino and Ma’a Nonu put the match out of reach.
Alisona Taumalolo scored Tonga’s second-ever try against New Zealand in the 74th minute after a long buildup.
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