Doug Howlett scored three tries for New Zealand

MARSEILLE, 8 September - New Zealand have launched their world cup campaign with an 11-try victory over Italy.

Richie McCaw, the All Blacks captain, opened the scoring in the second minute after New Zealand received clean ball from their own line-out in Italy's half.

In the seventh minute, McCaw crossed again after another drive from a line-out near Italy's line.

The All Blacks looked to play the game at pace, their third try coming from Doug Howlett after a movement swept the length of the field.

Mils Muliaina, playing at centre, scored New Zealand's fourth try minutes later after a clever chip kick from fly half Dan Carter.

Another chip kick led to the fifth try, Sitiveni Sivivatu collecting near the line and dotting down under the posts.

Italy regained their composure after 20 minutes, stringing together a series of back-line moves for the first time.

However, a quick tap from Leon MacDonald after a penalty was awarded near New Zealand's 22-metre line saw Sivivatu grab his second try.

The Italy wing Marko Stanojevic scored a try late in the half after intercepting a pass from the base of a New Zealand ruck.

The second half began with a yellow card for the New Zealand prop Carl Hayman after a punch was thrown.

Italy controlled possession near the All Blacks' line for a short period after Hayman's binning.

After some poor handling, New Zealand strung enough passes together for second row Chris Jack to score in the 51st minute.

Six minutes later Howlett ran 35m to score his second try. He picked up his hat-trick shortly after when the All Blacks put huge pressure on the Italy scrum.

The New Zealand blindside flanker Jerry Collins scored two tries within minutes of each other before Mirco Bergamasco found his way through the All Blacks defence to score Italy's second try.

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