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Summary

  1. Result: New Zealand 47-9 Tonga (St James' Park)
  2. NZ tries - B. Smith, Woodcock, Milner-Skudder (2), Williams, Cane, Nonu
  3. NZ win the group with victory, Argentina also qualify
  4. All Black centre Ma'a Nonu wins his 100th cap
  5. Click speaker button to listen to 5 live sports extra commentary

Live Reporting

By James Standley

All times stated are UK

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Over the hill? You decide...

Ben Dirs

BBC Sport at St James' Park

"Difficult to know what to make of the All Blacks so far in this tournament. It might be that we look back and say they were over the hill, and that's why they didn't win it. 

"Or it might be that we look and back say the 'minnows' are just a lot better than they used to be. I think it might be the latter."

You canread Ben's match report from St James' Park here and with that I bid you goodnight.

'Tonga did their country proud'

New Zealand 47-9 Tonga

Gavin Hastings

Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Latiume Fosita sits in front of the celebrating All Blacks
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Tonga were terrific, a joy to watch. They played with huge spirit, huge guts and huge determination. They did their country proud. My man of match was Latiume Fosita. He was magnificent. It wasn't New Zealand's most convincing performance but they ran out very comfortable winners in the end."

BOD's impressed

New Zealand 47-9 Tonga

Irish great Brian O'Driscoll thinks the All Blacks look ominous.

NZ looked out of sorts & still scored 47! #gulp

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Full-time

New Zealand 47-9 Tonga

Ma'a Nonu and Nehe Milner-Skudder
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The game comes to a tame end as Sonny Bill Williams sends a stabbed grubber into touch...

That's seven tries for the world champions though and after a tough first half they won with some ease in Newcastle. 

Into the red numbers

Time for one more?

Pitch perfect?

New Zealand 47-9 Tonga

The only thing taking a bigger battering than the Tonga defence is the pitch...

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren will not be impressed as it has cut up badly. The bad news for McClaren and Newcastle? Scotland play Samoa on it on Saturday.

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'Deserved'

New Zealand 47-9 Tonga

Gavin Hastings

Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Ma'a Nonu celebrates with Sonny Bill Williams
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When you win 100 caps you are deserving of a try. Nonu took it very well against some tired bodies in the Tonga side. New Zealand are capable of scoring some terrific tries when the game becomes as open as it has."

Try - Nonu

New Zealand 47-9 Tonga

Ma'a Nonu scores a try
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And it's the perfect finale! A couple of raking passes, Nehe Milner-Skudder hits the jets and Ma'a Nonu celebrates his 100th cap by racing down the right to score.

Dan Carter - the all-time leading points scorer in Test history - misses the conversion from the touchline.

Last knockings...

So can New Zealand finish things off with another try, or can Tonga give the fans in Newcastle something to cheer about?

New Zealand 42-9 Tonga

Judging by the cheers, the stewards have just pulled off the tackle of the day on a pitch-invader. 

The commentator duly confirms that is the case but no pictures - we don't want to encourage this sort of thing after all.

Converted try - Cane, con Carter

New Zealand 42-9 Tonga

Sam Cane scores a try
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This could be a long 10 minutes for Tonga... and no sooner do I write that than Sam Cane goes over for the world champions.

Rugby is a game of territory

New Zealand 35-9 Tonga

Tonga might be edging possession, but there is only one team dictating this match.

New Zealand have the ball where it matters, in the Tonga half, and it is being reflected on the scoreboard.

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'Upped their game'

New Zealand 35-9 Tonga

Gavin Hastings

Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

New Zealand have upped their game. It's almost like a different side. Both Ireland and France will be keen to avoid them in the quarter-finals."

Sin-bin - Ngauamo

New Zealand 35-9 Tonga

Paula Ngauamo performs an illegal tackle on Dan Carter
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They took some time to charge up the battery but New Zealand are finally gliding smoothly across the ground...

Dan Carter is doing just that when he is unceremoniously and illegally dumped to the ground by replacement Tonga hooker Paula Ngauamo, who is duly sin-binned.

Converted try - Williams, con Carter

New Zealand 35-9 Tonga

Sonny Bill Williams celebrates with Aaron Smith
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And try Sonny Bill... Aaron Smith opened the door, the scrum-half picking from the base and tracking across the field to draw the defence before flicking a delightful pass behind him.

Williams is on hand and he canters over untouched. 

Enter Sonny Bill...

Ben Dirs

BBC Sport at St James' Park

Sonny Bill Williams comes on as a replacement and gets the biggest cheer of the evening at St James' Park, making one wish every rugby league convert was as successful in union...

'Retallick has made a difference'

New Zealand 28-9 Tonga

Gavin Hastings

Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

That was very good. It all started with Ben Smith charging into the restart by Dan Carter. I tell you who has made a difference... replacement lock Brodie Retallick. He's added some spark to this side."

Converted try - Milner-Skudder, con Carter

New Zealand 28-9 Tonga

Nehe Milner-Skudder scores a try
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Tonga appear to have angered New Zealand. They regain the kick-off through Ben Smith, pass left and Beauden Barrett dabs a kick through for Nehe Milner-Skudder to grab his second.

Penalty - Morath

New Zealand 21-9 Tonga

Kurt Morath kicks a penalty
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That's the 10th penalty conceded by New Zealand on the night - not great discipline from the world champions that.

Kurt Morath to go for goal... and Tonga are back within two converted tries of the All Blacks.

'Effective All Blacks'

New Zealand 21-6 Tonga

Gavin Hastings

Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Nehe Milner-Skudder
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New Zealand have done what is says on the tin. Let's be honest, they are not playing great rugby but they have been effective."

Converted try - Milner-Skudder, con Carter

New Zealand 21-6 Tonga

Nehe Milner-Skudder scores a try
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It had to come. New Zealand were onto their second advantage right under the sticks when they shipped it wide...

Nehe Milner-Skudder stepped off that piston-like right foot and Fetu'u Vainikolo could do nothing to prevent the try.

'Battling Tonga'

New Zealand 14-6 Tonga

Gavin Hastings

Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Kieran Read is tackled
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It's amazing to think that if Tonga had been awarded a penalty try just before half time they would have been within a point of New Zealand. It would have been no more than they deserved."

New Zealand 14-6 Tonga

Richie McCaw
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Nervous, All Black fans? This might help, your team are hammering away on the Tonga line...

Penalty - Morath

New Zealand 14-6 Tonga

Up steps Kurt Morath...  and over goes the kick! Tonga back within eight and the force is currently very much with them.

New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

Siale Piutau tries to catch a pass
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Here come Tonga again... brutal collision after brutal collision... and they work a four-man overlap! But their skills let them down at the death...

We come back for a penalty for the All Blacks going off their feet at a ruck though...

Ben Smith leads the way

New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

New Zealand's Ben Smith is the stand-out player so far tonight.

He has run the most with ball in hand - 77m - from 11 carries and most importantly has scored a try.

Ben Smith
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Some of you are not happy with the referee's refusal to further punish New Zealand's scrum at the end of the first half...

Unbelievably weak refereeing there. NZ collapse scrum 4 times in a row and the ref almost punishes Tonga for not playing the ball! #bbcrugby

New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

Peep goes the whistle, up goes the ball and we're under way for the second half at St James' Park...

New Zealand immediately string together a decent attack but after Ben Smith knifes through, the world champions are penalised for holding on at the ruck. 

Poor All Black discpline

New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

Penalties are costing the All Blacks, who have conceded seven to Tonga's two.

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New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

Conducting half time surgery to the St James' Park pitch #NZLvTGA

Conducting half time surgery to the St James' Park pitch #NZLvTGA

The St James' Park pitch is tearing up tonight and with Samoa against Scotland coming up tomorrow at the stadium it will need some serious TLC before Newcastle's Premier League match against Norwich on 18 October.

New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

Ben Dirs

BBC Sport at St James' Park

Steve Hansen will be spewing, as they say in his parts, with that All Blacks first-half performance. The Tongan pack have got New Zealand on the run and when they got their rolling maul going, All Blacks scattered like skittles.  

All Blacks on the back foot

New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

Tonga end the half in the ascendancy and have begun to dominate the possession stats.

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In what world is 3 penalties in a row under the posts not a penalty try?! The all black ref fear factor strikes again #bbcrugby

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'Referee not brave enough'

New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

Gavin Hastings

Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

John Lacey
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Tonga were camped on the line for the last three or four minutes. It looked for all the world they were going to score and I think the referee got himself in a muddle. He wasn't brave enough after three or four scrum collapses to award a penalty."

Turnover trouble for ABs

New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

New Zealand may have scored two tries but turnovers (they have conceded seven) are hurting the All Blacks and it is an area they will want to tighten up. Tonga may be behind but they are making fewer mistakes, conceding only three turnovers.

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Half-time - no try

New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

A member of ground staff tends to the pitch
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No try rules the TMO, no luck for Tonga.

They deserved a score for their efforts and New Zealand will count themselves very, very lucky not to have conceded a try then.

The Tongans probably got it over the line but there was no evidence they got it down.