Italy 3New Zealand 66
JORDIE BARRETT HIT Italy with a four-try salvo and Damian McKenzie scored a hat-trick as ruthless New Zealand ended their year with a 66-3 rout at Stadio Olimpico.
The All Blacks had been licking their wounds following a defeat to Ireland last weekend and took out their frustration on Conor O’Shea’s men with a 10-try thrashing in Rome on Saturday.
McKenzie was one of only four players to retain his place in the side and excelled at fullback after Steve Hansen gave him another chance to link up with Beauden Barrett.
The marauding playmaker crossed twice in the first half, laid on a try for Jordie Barrett — among the 11 to come into the team — and completed his treble in a devastating display from the clinical world champions.
Jordie Barrett also went over twice in the first half and added another two late on with an outclassed Italy not knowing what had hit them, an early Tommaso Allan penalty all they could muster as they suffered a 14th defeat out of 14 against New Zealand.
TJ Perenara grabbed the opening try, while there were also scores for Ngani Laumape and Beauden Barrett — who landed 10 points from the tee before he made way for Richie Mo’unga early in the second half.
Perenara took just eight minutes to score an 11th Test try, the scrum-half racing away to touch down after Italy were caught out from a set-piece.
Rampaging lock Patrick Tuipulotu laid a try on a plate for the onrushing McKenzie, who scooted away under the posts 18 minutes in after Allan’s superbly struck penalty got Italy on the board.
The Azzurri were able to catch their breath while Irish referee Andrew Brace was replaced by Pascal Gauzere after injuring his knee, but McKenzie got on the end of a Beauden Barrett grubber kick to dot down again.