All Blacks eye easy pickings
September 12, 2011
Jeff Wilson scored a hat-trick against Japan during the 1995 Rugby World Cup © Getty Images
New Zealand will look to continue their historical dominance over Japan when the two sides meet in Hamilton on Friday.
The All Blacks destroyed Japan 145-17 in the 1995 Rugby World Cup in Bloemfontein in the only match-up between the two teams. In a chastening experience for Japan, New Zealand ran in 21 tries with Marc Ellis claiming a record six on his return to the side. Wingers Eric Rush and Jeff Wilson both grabbed hat-tricks while fly-half Simon Culhane ended the game with 20 conversions.
A New Zealand select XV toured Japan in 1987 and won two games in Osaka and Tokyo. Current Japan coach John Kirwan scored two tries in a 74-0 victory on October 25 which was followed up with a 106-4 win in Tokyo a week later, when Kirwin bagged a hat-trick and No.8 Zinzan Brooke claimed four tries.
New Zealand v Japan All-time record: Played: 1, New Zealand won 1, Japan won 0.
Biggest winning margin: 128 - New Zealand (145-17) in Bloemfontein, June 4, 1995.
Highest score: 145 - New Zealand (145-17) in Bloemfontein, June 4, 1995.
Most tries: NZ: 21 (145-17) New Zealand (145-17) in Bloemfontein, June 4, 1995; Japan: 2 (17-145) Bloemfontein, June 4, 1995.
Most points (individual): NZ: Simon Culhane 45; Japan: Hiroyuki Kajihara 10.
Most tries (individual): NZ : 6 Marc Ellis; Japan: Hiroyuki Kajihara 2.
Previous Rugby World Cup meetings:: One
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