That means a massive 162 points were scored in the contest in Bloemfontein. The All Blacks scored 21 tries, while Japan added two of their own. Marc Ellis also set a World Cup record for the most tries in a single World Cup match, with six. He is the first player to score five or more tries in a single tournament.
The final score was 21-18 in favor of the New Zealand National Rugby Team (aka "the Black Sox").
This game took place on February 23, 2003 at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa. It was part of the qualification process for the 2004 Rugby World Cup in France. This was also one of the first games to be broadcast live on television in New Zealand. The commentator was Ian Kirkpatrick and the host broadcaster was Television New Zealand (TVNZ). There were approximately 19,000 people in the stadium that day.
Both teams came into this match prepared to play aggressive rugby. The Japanese team wanted to prove themselves worthy against the world's best side. Meanwhile, the All Blacks wanted to continue their perfect season by claiming their third title in four years.
The Japanese started off strong by scoring first through Kenki Fukuoka who ran in a try just three minutes into the match. But then New Zealand responded with an amazing comeback of their own.
Scotland scored the most tries in a single match in 1887, with 12. This occurred during a match versus Wales. Both sides have scored 12 tries in a single match. This was also a record for the highest number of tries scored in a match until 1995 when Australia scored 13 against New Zealand at Carisbrook Stadium.
Australia has scored the most tries in a single match twice more since Scotland's record was broken. In 2001, Australia scored 16 tries against England at Stadium Australia. This record was again broken three years later when France scored 17 tries against Ireland at Stade de France.
In addition to these two records, there have been other matches where each side has scored 10 or more tries. A match between England and France from 1998 is one example where both teams scored 30 goals each. This match took place in Paris and is known as the "Duel in Duels".
Another example is a match played between South Africa and New Zealand in 1995. The match was held in Cape Town and is known as the "Battle of Boar's Hill". It ended in a draw with each team scoring 26 tries.
Finally, there was an exhibition match played between Australia and New Zealand in 1901. The match was held in Sydney and is known as the "International Exhibition".
Jonny Wilkinson of England holds the record for most overall points with 277 in his World Cup career. Grant Fox of New Zealand has the most points in a single competition, with 126 in 1987; Jason Leonard of England has the most World Cup matches, with 22 between 1991 and 2003. The record for most tries in a match is held by John Lomax of Britain, who scored five against Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground, 1907. This number was equaled by David Campbell of Scotland at Stade de France in 2008, and now stands as the world record.
The record for most points in a tournament goes to Billy Hardwick of Britain, who scored 30 goals in 1872. This was before the era of any kind of scoring system, so it's not exactly comparable to today's game. But if we use today's point system, then Wilkinson would still be way ahead with 733 points.
That said, there are several players who are very close behind Wilkinson. They include two Englishmen in George Smith and Fred Bakewell, both of whom had 277 points across four tournaments. Another Englishman, Alfred Shaw, had 273 points in six appearances from 1906 to 1915. And finally, there's Jean-Pierre Eizirik who played on the first ever World Cup team for France back in 2007. He had 272 points in seven matches.
So, yes, Jonny Wilkinson is definitely the greatest scorer in World Cup history.