Kiwis slaughter Scotland 74-6 in Christchurch


Halfback Shaun Johnson scored 22 points to become New Zealand's all-time highest pointscorer in the Kiwis' 74-6 obliteration of Scotland in the Rugby League World Cup on Saturday.

Jason Nightingale goes into score for the Kiwis against Scotland.

Despite the sides drawing 18-all in Workington a year ago, the Kiwis were expected to run up a big score in Christchurch and they didn't disappoint.

When Scottish five-eighth Danny Brough kicked out on the full in the 21st minute, the Bravehearts' heads collectively dropped and New Zealand fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck took advantage, setting up Nightingale for his second.

Even when the match was safely settled, the Kiwis kept their foot on the accelerator and stuck to their high-octane style.

The Kiwis third and final pool match is a highly-anticipated clash with Tonga in Hamilton next weekend.

The onslaught started early, with the Kiwis opening the scoring in the 9th minute through Kenny Bromwich - his first four-pointer for his country.

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The Kiwis would have the last laugh though as Martin completed his hat-trick with a show and go from 10 metres out and Elijah Taylor completed the try scoring with a similar score two minutes later.

A barnstorming run from Nelson Asofa-Solomona then made a simple try for Martin, starting at five-eighth on his home Test debut.

The Kiwis scored 14 tries to one in the 68-point hammering, adding 42 of those in the second half after leading 28-0 at the break.

There would be no second-half comeback for Scotland, with Kiwi prop Russell Packer making the score 34-0 in the 43rd minute.

Outclassed and out of their depth, Scotland were helpless to stop the rot as Te Maire Martin, Dean Whare, Hiku, Johnson and Taylor got the ball down in the try zone.

But Scotland never stopped trying and they were rewarded for their efforts in the 71st minute, breaking their goose egg courtesy of a try to halfback Oscar Thomas.