All Blacks cruise to victory in nine-try rout of Canada

    Rieko Ioane of New Zealand celebrates scoring a try against Canada at Oita Stadium.

    (CNN)Without getting out of second gear, New Zealand's All Blacks put on the highest score of the Rugby World Cup and shut out Canada to ease to a 63-0 victory at the Oita Stadium.

    The win, secured with nine tries — one of them a penalty try — means the reigning champion retains its unbeaten record in World Cup rugby stretching back to 2007.
    Seven different players dotted down with replacement scrumhalf Brad Weber bagging a brace as he registered his first and second tries for his country.
      Canada never really had a hope coming in to this match and the gulf in quality showed. The North Americans saw just 35 percent of the ball, ran a paltry 228 meters — compared to the 849 meters amassed by the Kiwis — and were asked to make 148 tackles. That they missed 45 of them speaks more to the power and guile of the All Blacks than the ineptitude of the Canadians.
        Canada faced up to the New Zealand All Blacks but there was only ever going to be one winner.
        The All Blacks opened the scoring on five minutes when referee Romain Poite awarded a penalty try following a series of reset scrums following New Zealand dominance.
        Scores from Jordie Barrett, Sonny Bill Williams and Beauden Barrett followed as the bonus-point for scoring four tries was secured on 36 minutes.
          Rieko Ioane, Scott Barrett and Shannon Frizell also touched down for the All Blacks in a rampant second half.
          "They showed true Canadian grit," Canada's coach Kingsley Jones said after the game. "I admire the All Blacks' accuracy, skill, speed. The bottom line is collisions. The speed and power that they can deliver at times it really causes big problems."

          Good, but not perfect

          There could, and should, have been a fifth try just before the break but Scott Barrett — brother of Jordie and Beauden — dropped the ball having already crossed the line. The incident proved two things — that humid conditions in Japan will influence results as the tournament progresses and that the All Blacks are, indeed, human.
          "It was difficult conditions," New Zealand coach Steve Hansen said. "The humidity is unbelievable. People at home might be wondering why they're dropping a few balls, but it is very difficult."
          The second half began in much the same way that the first half did and Ioane converted pressure in to points a minute after the restart. The powerful winger now has 24 tries from just 27 Tests.
          Brad Weber bagged a brace as the All Blacks cruised to victory over Canada.
          Scott Barrett secured his face-saving try just three minutes later, though he needed a second grab of the ball to avoid further blushes, and Frizell was rewarded for his tireless work in the loose with a try of his own.
          Then Weber got his double and set his sights on becoming the first New Zealand scrum half to score a hat trick in Test rugby.
          As the game fizzled towards its c