New Zealand defeat Portugal 108-13
LYON, 15 September - The All Blacks have defeated Portugal 108-13 after a tough match which saw moments of brilliance from the Lobos.
The Pool C match at Stade Gerland was far from one-way traffic, Portugal scoring a try and launching a series of testing attacks.
Portugal began the match aggressively but a wayward pass saw the All Blacks camped on their 22-metre line, Joe Rokocoko scoring in the fourth minute from a ruck in centre field.
Rokocoko crossed again in the 13th minute, running 35m to the line.
Portugal attacked aggressively when they had the ball, fly half Goncalo Malheiro falling short with a long-range drop goal.
He intercepted a pass soon after, pinning the All Blacks in their corner with a kick, before succeeding with his second drop goal attempt.
New Zealand responded quickly, Isaia Toeava dotting down under the posts.
Second row Ali Williams, inside centre Aaron Mauger, captain Jerry Collins, flanker Chris Masoe and hooker Andrew Hore all touched down before the end of the half.
The second half began slowly, New Zealand making a number of handling errors before Portugal launched a series of drives toward the All Black line.
Replacement prop Rui Cordeiro crashed over to grab Portugal's first try against New Zealand.
However, the All Blacks responded a minute later, scrum half Brendon Leonard breaking the line.
Portugal then dominated possession for a long period but could not score.
Nick Evans and replacement scrum half Andrew Ellis scored within minutes of each other when New Zealand regained the ball.
Mauger crossed for his second in the 67th minute.
Leon MacDonald, Conrad Smith (twice) and Carl Hayman touched down late in the half.