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Saturday, June 21, 2014

New Zealand complete series whitewash as Savea gets hat-trick vs England

New Zealand completed a 3-0 whitewash of England as they stormed to a 36-13 victory in Hamilton on Saturday. The damage was done in the first half as the All Blacks shot out to a 29-6 lead, but England held on to limit the damage in the second half.

Wing Julian Savea, who has now scored as many tries as he has played Test matches, picked up a stunning hat-trick, scoring two of his three tries in what can only be described as a first half hiding.

The All Blacks were in devastating mood as they exposed England's defensive patterns and scored tries without too much trouble. Both Savea and scrumhalf Aaron Smith scored two in the first half, before Savea completed his hat-trick with time up, as they chose not to kick the ball out.

England's tour complexion now looks a little worse than it did a week ago, when they still felt they were improving and had a lot to build on. Perhaps that is still the case but the ease in which they were torn apart in the first half would be worrying. They fronted up in the second period though, showing great heart and keeping the hosts scoreless right up until the final play of the game.

Marlan Yarde's second half try gave the visitors some hope and steadied the sinking ship, but the cool heads of the World Champions steered them to yet another victory at home. The last time they lost there was in 2009, to South Africa.

The All Blacks have now equalled the [top-tier] record for most consecutive wins in Test rugby, with 17 on the trot. They join the All Blacks of 1965-69 and the Springboks of 1997-98 who jointly hold the record. A win over the Wallabies in Sydney on 16 August will take them out in front.

Their dominance has been such in recent times that in their last 38 Tests, they've won 36, losing one and drawing one. Next for them is the Rugby Championship, where they will look to cement combinations and continue their momentum a year out from the Rugby World Cup.

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Posted by Rugbydump at 6:17 pm | View Comments (40)

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UpTheLowEnd June 21, 2014 7:10 pm

As an England fan... words cant describe...

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jimmy23 June 21, 2014 8:24 pm

That 1st half was just woeful. While just about everyone was guilty of making mistakes, Eastmond was guilty of just about every defensive cock up you could think of. And Ashton, I don't care how good he is for Saracens its obvious that he's not capable of emulating it at an international level. Thankfully with Yarde we have finally found at least one winger who is useful. Once he tweaks his defence and gains a bit more experience he'll be one of our go to people.

For me what summed up everything was actually the second half. We had just as much position and opportunities as the All Blacks did in the 1st half, the difference was we only scored once and the AB's 4 times. We're clearly capable of creating chances but still can't find that finishing touch.

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dave June 21, 2014 10:02 pm

I'd like to see a back three of 11.yarde 14 foden 15 brown

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stroudos June 23, 2014 11:39 am

Yarde seems to be almost as bad in defence as Ashton. Both exciting players going forward but they're positioning when defending and tackling technique are just not good enough.

out of the wings who've played recently, the most reliable, versatile and industrious in my view is young Jack Nowell. Once his knee's sorted I reckon he could be the best option, with Foden on the other wing.

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jimmy23 June 23, 2014 1:14 pm

Yarde is still young and inexperienced. As for Ashton, with his experience he really shouldn't still be making the amateur errors he makes. But Yarde needs to improve his defence quickly, one would hope Quins will sort that out.

But yeah I agree Nowell has been one of the better ones by far, would like to see Watson get his chance as well.

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SupaC June 21, 2014 9:53 pm

Ben Smith won 3 lineouts?? What can't he do....

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dave June 21, 2014 9:59 pm

as an england fan all I can say is word.....

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stroudos June 23, 2014 11:34 am

What's wrong with destroyed?

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jimmy23 June 21, 2014 10:16 pm

Rugbydump just noticed an error in the summary

"Perhaps that is still the case but the ease in which England (surely New Zealand?) tore them apart in the first half would be worrying."

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Rugbydump June 22, 2014 10:30 am

Yeah, thanks Jimmy

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coostov June 21, 2014 11:21 pm

I suspect that's the last we'll see of Marland Yarde.

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Rugby Lover 10 June 22, 2014 12:44 am

Marland Yard is responsible of 2 tries as he just can't defend to save his life, sad at that level...

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dave June 22, 2014 3:45 pm

That doesn't mean he can't defend at that level, he just cant defend against the All Blacks, it's not the end of the world, most players cant, he's also only 22.

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DrG June 22, 2014 4:46 am

Is this NZ coming back with a vengeance that I though was going to happen in the second test?

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Drogers93 June 22, 2014 10:04 am

I wouldnt say it was true vengeance though because after half time the AB's had clearly dropped down to 3rd gear and turned on the cruise control. Not to take too much away from Englands fight back but you could see not real urgency by the AB's. I reckon England were lucky not to leave with a real beat down put on them haha

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stroudos June 23, 2014 11:46 am

When the hooter went, it looked like New Zealand simply decided that they might as well score another try. The way they just turned the ball over, went through a few phases and casually put Savea through for a jog to the tryline... I mean it looked like they could have done that at will, at any point in the last quarter anyway.

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Phil mc avity June 22, 2014 10:10 am

England have shit wingers. Nowell Foden and Brown would be good. Or Watson. Yarde can't tackle. Neither can Ashton. Or Eastmond by the looks of it. Dickson is a pussy.

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dave June 22, 2014 3:46 pm

They didn't go into third gear, England dominated play
Why is it when another team takes control of the game the opposing teams fans say they didn't play well, there's obviously more going on than that, you should give teams their credit when it's due.

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stroudos June 23, 2014 11:47 am

Yep, I'd go for Foden, Brown and Nowell, and give Watson a go at least until Nowell's fit again. Yarde and Ashton just don't seem to be able to defend.

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I_bleed_green_and_gold June 22, 2014 11:28 am

I think after all these game people talk about what they need to do to beat the all blacks. They are one of the fastest learning teams. They correct quickly from half to half with the ability of changing a game plan to a successful one. They just get better and seamlessly slot in new players without disrupting their structures.
England on the other hand experimented with three different midfield and back row combinations in 3 games against the abs. And they still don't have a set midfield or Back row combinations yet. SL probably should reconsider Armitage as both a power runner and a breakdown specialist. The tight five is good but everything else changes from week to week.
The championship will be good this year as AUS have really turned up the heat and by Mckenzie dropping start like Genia cooper (although now injured) the rugby they are playing is great. Hope they can beat the abs to stop the record. Then again... the ads have won 34 of the last 36 games with 1 draw and 1 loss. That is amazing in the professional Era so they probably deserve the undisputed longest streak record.

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Calon Lan June 22, 2014 1:20 pm

The All Blacks are looking good at the moment but they still look a long way from their best. I'm fully expecting them to be on top form by the world cup.

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45678 June 22, 2014 1:57 pm

I'd like to see Ben Morgan shift into the second row. We rely too much on whoever is playing 8 to do all the ball carrying. We need both Morgan and vunipola starting

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Facepalm June 22, 2014 2:30 pm

Ben Morgan is not a second row.

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dave June 22, 2014 3:49 pm

Saracens use Vunipola at no 6 a lot, why not use him there.
I wasn't very happy with Tom Wood's play last game, very bad by his standards, Haskell's one appearance bested both of the good in Woods 2 games

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45678 June 22, 2014 7:12 pm

Why not? Depends on what you expect his role to be. I don't see a problem with scrummaging. There are plenty of line out options if you play wood, robshaw and one of parling, lawes or launchbury

The skill set of forwards is really the same outside of set plays, so he would provide the same in open play as he does now. We are struggling as we only have vunipola OR Morgan who really provide go forward, why not pick both. The position shift to lock worked in the past with Martin Corry and Tim Rodber, albeit different eras

I think what you are questioning is his work rate. Tbh, I don't think it's ever been an issue with England, but is for glos

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10stonenumber10 June 22, 2014 2:25 pm

In my blinkered, biased, ill-informed and most probably offensive opinion:

Rugby is mostly played upstairs. The current England squad do not have the presence of mind to win a game like this. Our media does not help either. The coach is put into question, and pressure is put onto the players. CAN MANU PLAY WING? EASTMOND, LEAGUE CONVERT GOOD ENOUGH FOR UNION? LET'S DO WHAT WE DID 11 YEARS AGO AGAINST A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TEAM AND SETUP!!!

I know I chat about Middle Earth, Orcs and antipodean genetic experiments, but at the end of the day they are 15 blokes. And contrary to popular belief, Richie does occasionally get caught offside. He is given eternal leeway by the IRB though for protecting that ref from the angry SA fan, first to react and give the guy a few digs, bit of a league guillotine tackle in there too.

England were just simply not good enough. NZ busted through the midfield like it wasn't there, the scramble defence lacked intelligence.

It is fantastic to see a carries list dominated by backs.

GIVE THE BALL TO THE FORM PLAYERS. Take it back to schoolboy rugby, every team had one or two players lightyears beyond the rest, it was a case of "get the ball to them, by any means necessary". It isn't hard. England play BATTLESTATIONS rugby with occasional flair, but if plan A doesn't work, they don't have much to fall back on. NZ go with all guns blazing, with BATTLESTATIONS being their plan B if they need to shut up shop. Quite simply, they play it far better than we do.

Again, I bring it back to coaching, and the Michael Jordan "love of the game" clause. Hopefully as 7s becomes more popular we will see more players comfortable in space as well as creating it, too many players are lacking basic skills. Why can't a prop pass like a back? the coordination required helps in the scrum too, ball is faster than the player, tired of seeing chances ruined by forwards not trusting their hands, choosing to rumble instead.

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DrG June 22, 2014 3:14 pm

I am by no means attempting to sound racist, but I remember playing school rugby when we mere infants had hairless legs and schoolboy features (naturally...being at school).. out we trotted onto the pitch and waited for our opposition...

Out charging came the opposition lead by the biggest black bloke you've ever seen (at schoolboy age at least) - legs like great redwood trees and stubble!

It was a long ol' day when the opposition basically played "pass it to the black guy and watch him trample over our team"...

Good point regarding McCaw and his ability to turn invisible to the referees...

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10stonenumber10 June 22, 2014 10:33 pm

NFL "The Fridge" style! Age grade was a bit of a scary place. Watching the opposition get off the team bus, 10 go past before you realise that they were the students and not teachers you were seeing...

I went to a very good rugby school, I remember at U16 level our C team front row weighed more than the French 3 did in the 6N, yet our A team Loosehead was 5'6'' and only about 11 stone. Our backs were a similar story, 1st XV starters were 'small' by rugby standards, then the subs and teams below were picked on size. You either needed to be in an academy or started shaving at primary school to be in our 1st team haha!

I am talking on ability and talent though, not size and strength. I'll give you an example. A favourite drill of the sadistic ex-prop 2nd XV coach was forwards vs backs 10 a side rugby played widthways in the 22. "There's the ball, go smash the hell out of each other".

In 7s, I devised 4 second ball. 12 a side (full match day squad) playing widthways on the pitch from try line to opposite 22. You cannot hold the ball for more than 4 seconds, after 4 you either need to pass, kick, or go to ground. Turnover if you hold on too long. Turnover if it takes more than 4s to form a ruck at the breakdown, turnover if more than 4s to recycle the ball after ruck formed. Width encourages usage of hands, the whole team (subs inc) playing together, major quick ball, close support while maintaining the width, and attentiveness of the line to switch from attack to defence. Don't know if it translates to 15s, but you need ball players, not just the physicality, something the ABs had in spades.

NZ lb for lb arguably the best defending team in the world.

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DrG June 23, 2014 10:18 am

Totally agree with you, it's just your initial comment brought up haunting repressed memories, PTSD if you will, of that day and I thought sharing it might help... ;)

But yes your comment makes total sense. I have had a fair bit of travel with rugby, and I've seen it taught in a fair few establishments over the years. What is totally incredible is how rigid it often is when it's being taught. I understand that it must be very difficult for a coach to teach children rugby without enforcing the basics, otherwise when it comes to a game you'd literally have 30 kids all running to the same spot where the ball is - rather than fanning out, defending etc etc... usual crap...

But when kids get a little older mid secondary school, it's still this:

prop - fat guy who lands on people, scrummages, rucks mauls..
hooker - touches the ball a bit in the loose but not much..
second row - catch ball in line outs but thats it, rest of the time just ruck..
back row - hurt smaller backs and take the ball into contact and ruck..
scrum half - the ONLY player that can pass the ball at the base of a ruck..
10 - ONLY player that can kick

etc - you get my drift, it is so rigid that kids are scared if they accidentally catch a ball that was not intended for them... "you're a prop, what are you doing with the ball in hand"... I mean of course it's not that bad, everyone gets a chance to have a run, but there is no encouragement to the forwards to play loosely, get involved in the catching, passing of the ball and there is no discouragement to the backs to think of a plan b when 'passing down the line' fails...

Looking at NZ, they can have a winger flick an offload and a trundling prop is on it faster than Pooh can get his honey! - thats the sort of different mentality they have which is needed from EVERY players, not just 'the quick backs'...

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10stonenumber10 June 23, 2014 3:35 pm

That is the problem.

Union is too OCD. Everybody has a role, and a role for everybody. Again, it comes down to coaching at school level

forwards split from the backs, forwards do a bit of scrummaging and some line out calls where only 3 people touch the ball, backs assemble into a jumble of players and run little ballet synchronised swimming style plays against no opposition, where only half the players can actually throw a spin pass, and the rest only chose rugby because football was over subscribed. Maybe once a month there would be a game in training, the rest of the time it seemed it was non contact fitness training to wear us kids out so we would behave in afternoon lessons.

How to get better at game situations? put yourself in the game, let the situations occur. Savea has scored those kind of tries 100s of times throughout his life, on and off the field. Get better at rugby by playing rugby, not by following diagrams in the locker room.

It used to be a game about guile and intelligence, now it is a fast track for large athletes to become professional sportsmen.

Of course, these are disservices and stereotypes as a whole on schoolboy/low level rugby, but it is based in truth. A rugby player can put in a shift ANYWHERE within broken play, I have played with front row forwards who run a back line better than a county grade 10, but a gym'd up stereotype shoehorned into a position will only be able to do his prescribed job

When you start to see people playing rugby in this country like we do football, i mean in parks, the street, school etc., it will come as naturally to our players as NZ.

I reckon 8/10 people in the street between 18-40 have a decent cross or penalty shot. Maybe 2/10 will be able to spiral a rugby ball off the boot, this is 11 years after England won the world cup. I don't like that.

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Phil mc avity June 23, 2014 5:51 pm

How no one put "like" to that comment I don't know. I totally agree. Brilliant how you worded it. "Backs runnng against no opposition" then backs are told to "play whats in front of them" in a match. How are they ment to do that when all theyve ever done in training is run against no opposition?! Im glad to see that people want to revolutionize rugby training. Go into coaching. I would love to coach once ive stopped playing, 95% of the coaches ive had have been ex players who just repeat the same routine training that they themselves did.
Training should be about LEARNING AND IMPROVING, like a class at school is. Only in accademies do you start looking at how to ruck, how to defend as a team, what lines to run, actually learning how to play 4 on 3...etc but most of the kids that get into accademies are (mainly talking about the forwards here) the 15 year old that starting taking protein when he was 12 and bulked up. By the time he's 18 the club/accademy where he is, realise he was just big, and not quality or talented and have wasted some other kids opportunity.

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DrG June 23, 2014 8:38 pm

He did only just make it recently I hadn't got round to liking it yet - It's a brilliant comment and as he said it does to some disservice but of course it is based on truths.

Fitness is something I am currently trying to improve, so unfortunately I can't say I'm at a good level I'd like to be at, but as a second row/back row, I pride myself in my ability to sidestep, spin out of a tackle and 'do the unexpected'..dummies from the base of rucks etc... Whilst playing around on the beach with ball in hand I've been messing around with no look passes, sneaky offloads etc, which I'd love to take into the game.

Don't get me wrong, training ground moves are important. Line out drills, scrum drills, back moves etc have a place and are important, but also playing from the heart is; in my opinion, more important as it opens up far more doors than repetition will.

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stroudos June 24, 2014 8:54 am

When you start to see people playing rugby in this country like we do football, i mean in parks, the street, school etc., it will come as naturally to our players as NZ.

Definitely. I haven't been to New Zealand, but I remember going to the beach in Cape Town and no-one was doing keepy-uppy with a football, it was all rugby - chucking a ball about, impromptu games of touch etc. Well either that or cricket anyway. You can tell even from the amateur Saffas who come over and play for teams i've played with in England that the basic, core skills just come more naturally, more instinctively.

Mind you, I've seen the same when i've been to Wales, there's always a rugby ball being thrown around in back gardens, yet many of the Welsh I've played with have had appalling handling and passing skills...

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kyle June 22, 2014 4:09 pm

Ultimately I think when the All Blacks start smashing though the championship they'll give a shout out to England for quickly challenging them on this tour, getting them playing heads up rugby before they played the "big boys"...and argentina

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Phil mc avity June 22, 2014 7:50 pm

The thing with the All blacks is they all play the same way. All of them play quick ball, bairly ruck and maul, and look for the off load, and they KNOW when they off load, some one will be there. The thing chris ashton was liked for, was how he was always in the right place at the right time, waiting for the last pass or off load. Australia have Foloa who is brilliant at this, Ashton has lost form and should be dropped im not saying otherwise, my point is... New zealand have 15 players in the right place at the right time. They all run brilliant lines and try hunt, looking for the off load. When ever an all black breaks through, there is always someone with him.
Twelvetrees through that crap off load in the second test to Wood, but it was intercepted, but maybe someone should have been there, closer to him anticipating that. It comes naturally to the All Blacks.

No way should Morgan play second row. I think Marler/Corbisiero Hartley and Cole (wilson is not world class but ok sub) Launchbry and Lawes are the best front 5 out there. Fit, very hard working, good at their jobs and roles and mobile. Some one above talked about rugby 7s. You wont get 2 second rows more mobile and hard working (mobile rugby sevens style) than Lawes and Launchbry. I would have liked to see haskell. I missed the first test. Wood is a good leader and a lineout jumper but haskells ball carrying is good. 9 Care and youngs sub.

I really think Lancaster should start going... Sod it, I will take the risk and drop all average players who havent improved and look to the future. (Drop: Johnson, Dickson, Ahston, Twelvetrees (maybe keep 36 as a back up), Goode, May ......
and give Foden, Watson, Cipriani, And a load of youngsters a shout).
Lancaster has been great at bringing in new young players, but why stop now?! England u20 apparently have a good winger, bring him into camp.

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Facepalm June 22, 2014 10:35 pm

Agree with most of that although I wouldn't write off Goode. Without a doubt the most over-criticsed England player going. Missed one tackle on Hogg two years ago and that's all people remember him for. Should be a centre anyway.

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Joaco June 23, 2014 6:09 am

Let's not forget the flak the Kiwi press was throwing at the England side before the test series. Imo the 1st and 2nd game were both impressive and entertaining.

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Piglet June 23, 2014 10:17 am

I slated youngs a couple of weeks ago but thought he played up to the standard I seemed to have forgot about. It seems we are atruggling in the centres again. Eastmond was poor, Burrell came on and was dropping passes missing a couple of tackles! Hartley was dreadful we had so many problems at scrum time and everyone there was no strike the ball sat there as if England were just going to walk over it. I also think parling was massively missed with decisions at the lineout

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Guest June 24, 2014 10:00 am

Love to see the AB's stepping it up a gear. It's just incredible to watch, they make it look so easy.

After the first two tests, I was quite impressed with England. If they keep improving and sort out their back line then they will do well at the World Cup next year.

For me, the centres have to be Barritt and Tuilagi. Eastmond and Twelvetrees look as if they don't know what they are doing. I don't know why Barritt isn't in the mix, he played brilliantly last year and in the mid week test against Crusaders. Ok he might not be an attacking genius but he rarely misses a tackle and he will happily crash the ball up all day long.

Wingers is also difficult. Yarde and Ashton are good in attach but have been poor in defence at times. I think Lancaster needs to try a few different options at the Autumn tests. Watson, Foden, Goode, Daly. Lots of options.

Good series and great result by NZ.

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pagey June 26, 2014 2:10 pm

your also forgetting the pressure put on yarde by the centres, too many times eastmond got caught out with his first up tackles meaning tuilagi had to step in leaving the wingers exposed against overlaps. This meant for atleast two of the tries ashton and yarde didnt stand much of a chance, admittedly they aren't the best of the defenders but to single them out is harsh, new zealand exposed us by playing wide, an issue the team has to resolve as a collective not just the wingers

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