A month after their sluggish success in the Rugby Championship (4 wins, 2 losses), the All Blacks are still looking for their force of mass destruction. This Saturday, in Tokyo, for their first test this fall, the New Zealanders won 38-31 against Japan, not without suffering.
Reduced to 14 with a quarter of an hour remaining after a dangerous charge from second row Brodie Rettalick, the three-time world champions suffered late in the game, when they seemed to have done the hardest part earlier in the game. the meeting with in particular three tries during the first half hour of play (21-3, 32nd).
But the Japanese came back to four points just before the break thanks to two tries then attacked at all costs to try to overthrow a formation they never managed to defeat. Despite Kazuki Himeno’s late try, the Brave Blossoms stayed behind, losing by the smallest margin in their history to the Blacks.