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Kick-off local time : Sat, 02 November 2013 - 14h00
Kick-off : Sat, 02 November 2013 - 07h00
Venue : Tokyo
Referee : Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Match status : Result
  Japan New Zealand
Tries Charles Piutau (10min), Ben Smith (30min), Richie McCaw (33min), Beauden Barrett (67min), and Charles Piutau (75min)
Penalties Ayumu Goromaru (13min) and Ayumu Goromaru (22min)
Conversions Beauden Barrett (68min) and Beauden Barrett (76min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
Minute Commentary


Japan has one last throw of the dice and they go close, but the TMO rules that the player's foot was into touch. That is finally FULL-TIME here in Tokyo. New Zealand won easily, as expected, but credit to Japan for the the 'brave blossoms' that is their moniker. Join us later today when we bring you the England versus Australia Test from Twickenham (kick-off @ 14.30 GMT)


YELLOW CARD - Sam Cane binned for a cynical play a metre from line


Japan get another penalty as the hooter for full-time goes - they keep attacking


Japan wina penalty inside the AB 22 and they go quickly - looking for a consolation try


The ball is spilled loose in a tackle and hacked ahead by Japan


Scrum penalty to NZ and they set up a line-out, looking for one more try


Beauden Barrett adds the CONVERSION - 54-6


TRY - The All Blacks hit the half-ton mark as Saili chips from a turnover and Charles Piutau gets the five-pointer


Luke Whitelock knocks on behind the scrum


ASfter 13 phases the Japan hands let them down just outside their own 22 - that was a good sequence of play, which would have brought reward against a lesser defence


Japan enthusiastically attempt to run it out of their 22


All Blacks throwing everything into attack now, but Halai puts a foot into touch just inside the Japan 22


Beauden Barrett adds the CONVERSION - 47-6


TRY _ Beauden Barret gets the five-pointer as the Kiwi scrum demolishes the Japan set puiece and Kerr-Barlow puts in a neat touch


Now Andrew Hore wins a penalty for his team at the breakdown


Now Andrew Hore wins a penalty for his team at the breakdown. Kerr-Barlow again caught in possession behind a ruck


Free kick to Japan as the AB scrum goes early


Another breakdown penalty against Japan. The home team has lots of enthusiasm, but lacks the technical skills to match the Kiwis


All Blacks now defend energetically deep inside the Japan half and win a penalty


Kerr-Barlow caught in possession behind a ruck and Japan hack it upfield where a Kiwi hand knocks it on


Taylor fails to deal with a high bomb, but fortunately for NZ Japan's hands again let them down


Beauden Barrett can't add the extras - 40-6


TRY - Frank Halai goes over in the corner, but all the hard work was done in the scrum, before Kerr-Barlow went close


Two penalties in quick succession - the Kiwis looking keen to keep going, but finally McCaw settles it down and opts for another scrum


All Blacks demolish the Japan scrum - a bit one-sided now


All Blacks launch another furious raid on the Japan line, but a forward pass by McCaw ends the move 5m out


Dan Carter adds the CONVERSION - 35-6


TRY - Jeremy Thrush goes over from close range, after a maul made some progress and McCaw also went close


All the play taking place close to or in the Japan 22 and NZ win a penalty as the Japanese loose forwards break early at a scrum


Sam Canes rips the ball in the tackle and Halai hacks ahead - Japan again scramble the ball into touch just outside their 22


Carter attacks the line, but Saili is penalised for incorrect entry at a ruck 10m out


Beauden Barrett puts in a neat grubber and Japan are forced to scramble the ball into touch inside their 22


Scrum reset again - set pieces have been a real mess


Scrum free kick against Japan, for not putting the ball into the scrum quickly enough


The second half is underway. ABs win an early breakdown penalty, but a forward pass stops an attempted breakdout in its tracks


The half ends with a penalty against the All Blacks for offside. That is HALF-TIME here in Tokyo, a first half in which Japan held their own for about 20 minutes before the Kiwis stepped up the pace and settled the game as a contest. It is now just a question of how big the win will be. See you in 10 minutes.


Great wrap-around move by Carter, but Halai is tackled into touch just metres from the Japan line


Japan are very willing, bu execution keeps letting them down - another move breaks down with a forward pass just inside their half


Japan bash away for about 10 phases near the AB line, but then concedes a penalty - the Kiwis are lucky as the referee was playing advantage against Wyatt Crockett,k but ruled that advantage was over after about four phases


Japan win a penalty just inside the AB half and no go for a line-out - earlier those were aimed at the posts


Dan Carter adds the touchline CONVERSION - 28-6


TRY - Richie McCaw picks up from the back of a very unstable scrum and gets the fourth five-pointer


Piutau chips and Tamura is forced the carry the ball over his own line


TRY - Ben Smith collects a Carter chip, offloads to Piutau and supports to collect the pass and scores


Dan Carter adds the CONVERSION -21-6


Dan Carter adds the CONVERSION - 14-6


TRY - Sam Cane gets NZ's second five-pointer, a move started after Dan Carter bust through a whole after collected a ball spilled by Japan. Some good hands from Coles there as well


Francis Saili puts the ball down cold as the rain arrives - Japan scrum feed near their own 10m line


Japan penalised at the line-out, but Carter doesn't find touch from the penalty


Beauden Barrett hacks the ball into touch, but was outside his 22 - a shocker


Ayumu Goromaru, from bang in front, slots the PENALTY - 6-7


After about five phases Dane Coles is penalised for not releasing in the tackle - just outside the AB 22


Michael Broadhurst wins a line-out steal for Japan and then ABs go offside


Scrum penalty against Japan - the scrums have been a mess from the outset


Japan take the ball through about 10 attacking phases before a handling error brings to an end a very promising move just outside the AB 22


Sam Cane penalised for playing a man in the air, but Japan's hands let them down as they work their way towards the AB 22


Ayumu Goromaru, from about 35m out, slots the PENALTY and Japan is on the board - 3-7


Poor clearance by the ABs from the restart and Japan win a penalty as the Kiwis go offside


Dan Carter adds the CONVERSION and NZ lead 7-0


TRY - Charles Piutau open the scoring as he collects a ball after the Japanses fullback failed to collect a high bomb and there was just no cover


Francis Saili attempts a chip kick, but it is just far too deep


This scrum goes down in a heap and is reset - still the ABs' feed


The ABs work it into the Japan 22 with some strong forward rushes and then win a scrum feed as it all collapse in a hap on the ground - just too many bodies over the ball


Now Richie McCaw is penalised, but Japan return the favour as they tap and go and then Harumichi Tatekawa gets isolated


Harumichi Tatekawa barely gets the ball out his 22, but Wyatt Crockott is penalised ast the first ruck


Japan push the AB scrum and win a heel against the head. However, a poor kick allows the ABs to counter and Frank Halai is tackled into touch inside the Japan 22


Ryu Koliniasi Holani knocks the ball on as he attempts to run off the back of that scrum near his own 10m line


Early knock-on by the ABs, scrum reset


Dan Carter gets us underway


Time for the haka


The All Blacks are beginning to filter onto the field, but not the entire team is on and now they drift off again - false start here in Tokyo. Now both teams walk out together. Seems the ABs were a bit just too keen.


It is a touch gloomy, but generally conditions are fine and it should be conducive to a good game of rugby


Japan did beat Wales earlier this year, but that was when the Welsh were without their B&I Lions


The All Blacks head into this game as outright favourites and all things point to it being a one sided romp. Past scores of 145-17 and 83-7 make ugly reading, as do the 74-0 and 106-4 results of the 1987 games - encounter that did not receive official Test match status. Japan's style of attack remains inspired but the Brave Blossoms focus will be on remaining solid on defence. How well they manage that will dictate the points margin.


Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium is regarded as the spiritual home of Japanese rugby and has been sold out for over a fortnight.


New Zealand's fearsome All Blacks will have one eye on the future when they face Japan, as they tread the long road towards their world title defence in 2015.


Welcome to the Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground, in Tokyo, where we are getting ready for the first Test match of November - Japan against New Zealand.
15 Ayumu Goromaru
14 Toshiaki Hirose
13 Male Sau
12 Craig Wing
11 Kenki Fukuoka
10 Harumichi Tatekawa
9 Fumiaki Tanaka
8 Ryu Koliniasi Holani
7 Michael Broadhurst
6 Hendrik Tui
5 Hitoshi Ono
4 Shoji Ito
3 Kensuke Hatakeyama
2 Shota Horie
1 Masataka Mikami

23 Yoshikazu Fujita
22 Yu Tamura
21 Kosei Ono
20 Takashi Kikutani
19 Luke Thompson
18 Hiroshi Yamashita
17 Yusuke Nagae
16 Yusuke Aoki
New Zealand
15 Israel Dagg
14 Ben Smith
13 Conrad Smith
12 Ma'a Nonu
11 Charles Piutau
10 Lima Sopoaga
9 Aaron Smith
8 Kieran Read
7 Richie McCaw
6 Liam Messam
5 James Broadhurst
4 Brodie Retallick
3 Owen Franks
2 Dane Coles
1 Tony Woodcock

23 Malakai Fekitoa
22 Beauden Barrett
21 TJ Perenara
20 Victor Vito
19 Sam Whitelock
18 Ben Franks
17 Wyatt Crockett
16 Codie Taylor