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Rieko Ioane rampant in All Blacks hit-out

The All Blacks have brushed aside provincial opposition in a low-key warm-up to their Bledisloe Cup opener.

Rieko Ioane rampant in All Blacks hit-out

The All Blacks have brushed aside provincial opposition in a low-key warm-up to their Bledisloe Cup opener.

All Black coach STEVE HANSEN during the New Zealand All Blacks Captain's Run at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand.
All Black coach STEVE HANSEN during the New Zealand All Blacks Captain's Run at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Picture:Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images

Rieko Ioane has delivered the Wallabies a reminder of his enormous threat as the All Blacks cruised through a pre-Bledisloe Cup hit-out in Christchurch.

Ioane scored four tries across two 40-minute trials against provincial opponents on Friday.


The All Blacks beat Otago 32-0 in the first clash and were too good for a Canterbury selection, 40-5.

Only two conversions were attempted in the low-key evening at AMI Stadium.

Coach Steve Hansen elected to rest most of his squad's Crusaders players, who have endured a heavy workload on their way to clinching the Super Rugby championship.

Left winger Ioane was played out of position at outside centre but proved as lethal as ever in an ominous sign ahead of the Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney next week.

His hat-trick against Otago was accompanied by tries to Waisake Naholo and Nehe Milner-Skudder, along with flanker Shannon Frizell.

Ioane bagged the last try against Canterbury while Hurricanes backs Ngani Laumape and TJ Perenara had doubles.

Importantly for Hansen, there were no apparent injuries.

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