All Blacks cruise to victory over Canada
Zac Guildford scored four tries as New Zealand finished pool play with a 79-15 victory over Canada in Wellington on Sunday.
The All Blacks scored a dozen tries in all with Jerome Kaino (twice), Victor Vito (twice), Israel Dagg, Mils Muliaina, Jimmy Cowan and Sonny Bill Williams also getting on the scoresheet.
Winger Conor Trainor bagged a couple for the Canadians.
Following the bad news earlier in the day that a torn groin had ruled Dan Carter out of the remainder of the World Cup, all eyes were on Colin Slade.
He had a shaky start when he had a kick charged down by DTH van der Merwe but then set up Guildford's first try when he surged through a huge gap in midfield before floating a long pass out to his Crusaders team-mate.
That seemed to help settle his nerves and he grew in confidence as the match wore on, although he struggled with his shots at goal in the swirling wind at Wellington Regional Stadium, missing four of his nine attempts.
He was shifted to the wing in the 50th minute following the introduction of Isaia Toeava for Dagg - who took another knock to his sore leg - and Piri Weepu, who took over at pivot.
But after appearing to be struggling with an ankle problem the All Blacks coaches took Slade off in the 65th minute and Vito finished the match on the right wing.
Kieran Read, as expected, was also replaced by Anthony Boric at the 50-minute mark which saw Kaino move to the back of the scrum.
Prop Tony Woodcock sent another scare through the camp when he and Adam Kleeberger clashed heads in the 73rd minute with both players leaving the field.
Canada drew first blood with a penalty for Ander Munro in the second minute and winger Trainor bagged a try right on the stroke of half-time to close the gap to 37-8. But in between, the All Blacks scored six tries, including a hat-trick for Guildford.
The left winger, making his World Cup debut, scored his first in the seventh minute, his second in the 25th minute when Trainor failed to ground the ball in his own in-goal area and had his treble after 35 minutes.
He also set up a score for Muliaina, playing his 99th Test, and featured three times in the build-up to Dagg's five-pointer.
The All Blacks' other first-half try went to Vito, who was called into the starting team on Saturday when Richie McCaw withdrew because of an ongoing foot problem.
Canada were gifted a try early in the second half when Cowan threw a terrible pass to Guildford and Trainor won the chase from the kick ahead.
But Cowan made amends immediately, scoring the All Blacks' seventh try after a great offload by Williams put Conrad Smith in space.
Graham Henry then turned to his bench and the match got a bit ragged before another massive scrum from the All Blacks allowed Kaino to score and then Williams finished another sweeping move in the corner.
A pushover try from a five-metre scrum handed Kaino his second, Guildford got his fourth and Vito his second in the closing minutes.