New Zealand 85 Romania 8: All Blacks' try spree marred by citing for No 8 Lauaki

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The New Zealand No 8 Sione Lauaki has been cited for an alleged dangerous tackle during this Pool C victory in Toulouse on Saturday and will face a disciplinary hearing in Paris today. Lauaki was reported by the match citing commissioner, John West, for a tackle on the Romania wing Gabriel Brezoianu.

The All Blacks continued their march through the World Cup with a crushing victory. There was nothing riding on the match, with the All Blacks having swept into the quarter-finals on the back of emphatic wins over Italy, Portugal and Scotland, yet they showed a great desire to take their tournament points tally – 224 going into the match – over 300. They eventually ran 13 tries past the outclassed Romanians.

The wing Joe Rokocoko led the way with a hat-trick and Sitiveni Sivivatu and Isaia Toeava scored twice.

New Zealand: Tries Sivivatu 2, Masoe, Rokocoko 3, Evans, Mauger, Toeava 2, Hore, Smith, Howlett; Conversions McAlister 4, Evans 6. Romania: Try Tincu; Penalty Vlaicu.

New Zealand: N Evans; J Rokocoko, I Toeava, A Mauger, S Sivivatu; L McAlister, A Ellis; N Tialata, K Mealamu, G Somerville, R Thorne, K Robinson, J Collins (capt), C Masoe, S Lauaki. Replacements: R McCaw for Masoe, 55; C Jack for Robinson, 55; D Howlett for McAlister, 55; B Leonard for Ellis, 59; C Smith for Sivivatu, 61.

Romania: I Dumitras; S Ciuntu, C Gal, R Gontineac, G Brezoianu; I Dimofte, L Sirbu; B Balan, M Tincu, S Florea, S Socol (capt), C Petre, F Corodeanu, A Manta, O Tonita. Replacements: C Ratiu for Corodeanu, 48; R Mavrodin for Tincu, 53; F Vlaicu for Dumitras, 61; V Calafeteanu for Sirbu, 62; V Ursache for Manta, 67; C Dascalu for Gontineac, 70.

Referee: J Jutge (France).

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