A great time had by all at St James Park  on Friday night apparently.

The latest Rugby World Cup game saw the mighty All Blacks visit Tyneside, a treat for local rugby fans and all the visitors to our great city.

Pre-tournament fears that the St James Park turf would suffer, were justified to an extent when Scotland faced South Africa a week ago.

However, with heavy rain this past week and matches on consecutive days this weekend, the potential was there for greater damage.

As you can see from our exclusive photo below, there was slight damage to the St James Park pitch as New Zealand defeated Tonga, with Scotland v Samoa to follow today.

All Blacks captain Kieran Read:

“It put a bit of pressure on the front-rowers but the football team are probably going to be more worried about it than anyone else.

“ It is just what you have got to deal with.”

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(The St James Park after the All Blacks visit…)

Steve McClaren said earlier today that he doesn’t expect his side’s total football to be affected by any change in the pitch…