All Blacks rampant in Durban 7s
November 17, 2001

Not satisfied with their 45 points against Georgia in Pool A the mighty All Blacks went 15 better in their second outing on the first day of the Emirates World Sevens series at the Absa Stadium in Durban Saturday.

This time their victims were the Arabia Gulf who were hapless in trying to curb wave after wave of New Zealand attacks as the scoreboard mounted to a 59-0 - the highest of the day thus far.

Craig de Goldi got three and Karl Te Nana (pictured) two as the All Blacks crossed the Gulf tryline nine times. Both had also scored against Georgia in the first game of the day.

Notise Tauafao was another man to notch a hat-trick of tries in helping Samoa to a 31-7 win over Portugal. Peter Hynes went one better for Australia against Namibia with four tries out of eight in a 50-0 victory and England had James Forrester get a brace in beating the African side 34-0.

Fiji added the scalp of Morocco to that of Scotland earlier as they finished up 38 points to the good without reply. John Dalla Riva got two tries for France in which a tight game provided a 20-10 win over Wales. Likewise Asiveni Lutmailagi was a two-try man for Fiji in their 38-0 victory over Morocco who were far from disgraced in spite of the huge score against them.

Kenya showed fighting qualities in scoring two tries against Samoa but it was not enough to avert a second defeat as they went down 38-10. The Springboks were back in action in late afternoon for a second outing - this time against Portugal - following their 45-0 win over the Kenyans earlier in the day.

And it was to prove a similar experience for the rampant Boks, who were well beaten by the All Blacks in the Dubai final last weekend.

This time they sounded an early warning to the New Zealanders with an opening try within seconds to Jorrie Muller. Anton Pitout, who also scored against Kenya, outpaced a hesitant Canadian defence for number two before skipper Paul Treu carved an opening for Fabian Juries to make it 21-0 to the Springboks at the break.

A length of the field run by Jean de Villiers provided score number four and although the Portuguese made some penetrating midfield sorties the running rugby of the Boks carried the day at 33-12 after a fourth try of the day for new boy Brent Russell put matters behind the men from Portugal who to their credit scored two tries themselves. - Sapa

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