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2015 Rugby World Cup: The best teams from the pool stage

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506   //    16 Oct 2015, 16:06 IST

Japan vs South Africa was probably the most memorable competition of the league stageWith eight teams remaining as the 8th Rugby World Cup enters the quarterfinals, we list the best performers of the intial stage of the prestigious tournament.   

#5 New Zealand

Its not that the world champions have not played well, just that by their own lofty standards they have been pretty patchy. They were under the pump for much of the game against Argentina before a late surge and the introduction of Sonny Bill Williams rescued them. Even against the likes of Georgia, Namibia and Tonga, their game was littered with unforced errors and sloppy play and they struggled. It wasn’t until the last half an hour of their last game, against Tonga, that they exhibited some of their traditional cutting-edge play scoring four tries in about 20 minutes as they shredded the Tongan defence. They will have to up their game in the knockouts if they are to become the first team to retain the Webb Ellis trophy. 

The All Blacks have scored 25 tries in total averaging 43.50 points per game. They’ve had to make only about 88 tackles a match and had about a handling error per game.

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