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All Blacks crush Boks to open Tri-Nations defence

The All Blacks opened their Tri-Nations title defence with a 40-7 hammering of the injury-ravaged...

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The All Blacks opened their Tri-Nations title defence with a 40-7 hammering of the injury-ravaged Springboks on Saturday, falling just four points short of a record test victory over the South Africans.

New Zealand, favourites to win the World Cup when they host it later this year, ran in six tries. Wingers Cory Jane and Zac Guildford both grabbed a brace with prop Wyatt Crockett and replacement back Colin Slade also crossing.

All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter added 10 points from two penalties and two conversions to edge back ahead of England's Jonny Wilkinson in the duel for the test points world record on 1,204.

World champions South Africa, who scored their one try through skipper John Smit, put in an improved performance after being embarrassed by the Wallabies last week but were simply no match for the power and pace of the home side.