Half Time Report: New Zealand 26 Scotland 0

Five first-half tries – and two more disallowed – saw defending World Cup champions New Zealand make a statement that they are in fine form as the knock out stages of the tournament begin.

The Kiwis brushed aside an early injury fear to Sonny Bill Williams and a strong start from the Scots.

Isaac Luke had a try claim ruled out after four minutes but the Kiwis were over on eight minutes, Bryson Goodwin scoring from a move that featured Luke, Kevin Locke and Williams.

Jesse Bromwich drove over and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck picked up a bounce pass from Shaun Johnson as the Kiwis marched into a 14-point lead.

Frank Pritchard added New Zealand’s fourth try and Shaun Johnson their fifth on the half hour.

The most memorable moment of the first half was a magnificent run from Manu Vatuvei that was only halted when he ran behind one of his own players – the obstruction cancelling out what could have been one of the great tries of the tournament.