He knows of glory, of defeats and also of goals. The All Blacks are one of those teams that if you don’t arrive in a good moment you can suffer a humiliation on the court and on the scoreboard. There are several teams that experienced firsthand what happened to Tonga on Saturday afternoon in Auckland, which fell 102-0.
It is the ninth time that the All Blacks exceed three figures in the score and there are multiple selections that have a bad day in the record book. When it comes to going back to the maximum win we go to 1995, the World Cup in South Africa, where Japan suffered the black wave and fell by 145-17 receiving a whopping 21 tries.
The differences in rugby were narrowing and that is why he missed the result of the match against the islanders. Another island in the Pacific was the last one in which he submitted to the Kiwi power and could not avoid a historic defeat: on September 3, 2008, the black ones beat Samoa 101-14 in New Plymouth.
The first time the All Blacks exceeded the hundred was in a match in 1974 against South Australia in which they won 117-6. On 1987, the Men in Black accounted for Japan 106-4. The Asians are, along with Tonga, the two teams for which the All Blacks scored more than 100 points on two occasions. They also beat those in red 102-0 in 2000.
Finally, in the 2007 World Cup the vagaries of the draw left New Zealand and Portugal in the same group. The Europeans could do little and the oceanic they won 108-13. Also a Italy who was preparing to enter the Six Nations had to live the ordeal of being measured with the All Blacks. It was during the group stage of the 1999 World Cup that they met in England, and the Azzurra fell 101-3 at McAlpine Stadium in Huddersfield.