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Laumape hat-trick helps All Blacks romp to victory in 100-point game with Japan

There was no shortage of action in Tokyo this morning as New Zealand won a contest that featured 15 tries.

New Zealand's Ngani Laumape celebrates.
New Zealand's Ngani Laumape celebrates.

NGANI LAUMAPE SCORED a hat-trick as New Zealand overcame Japan 69-31 in a 15-try thriller in Tokyo this morning.

Laumape was among seven try-scorers for the All Blacks, who fielded a host of debutants, but their opponents also crossed five times during a frantic contest high on entertainment.

And while New Zealand were able to record a fourth emphatic victory in as many meetings with Japan, next year’s Rugby World Cup hosts comfortably managed a record points haul against the All Blacks — having never previously hit double figures in Tests between the two.

Japan actually claimed the first try, Samuela Anise going over from a charge down after a Richie Mo’unga penalty had put the visitors in front.

Dane Coles, Mo’unga, Laumape (2) and Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi all helped themselves to tries before the interval to put New Zealand in command, but Japan continued to pose a threat and both Hendrik Tui and Tim Lafaele touched down to make it 19-38 at the break.

The second period followed a similar pattern, with the All Blacks on top but Japan helping themselves to two further scores, through Jamie Henry and Lafaele.

Laumape completed his hat-trick for New Zealand, while there were also two tries for impressive replacement George Bridge and one apiece for Waisake Naholo and Matt Proctor.

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New Zealand will resume their November series by taking on England at Twickenham next Saturday, before facing Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on 17 November.

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