All Blacks versus Tonga

The last pool game for the All Blacks and Tonga kicks of soon, at 8 am NZ time.

One bonus point is all New Zealand needs to guarantee topping the pool, but they are expected to win and get a four try bonus.

How they play will be scrutinised to assess whether they are looking like cup winners or not. All they have to do is get through this game with a win, some credit for improvement and not too many injuries and they will be on track to front up in the play offs.

Their quarter final opponent will be the loser of the France-Ireland on Monday morning (NZ time) – that means the All Blacks have a extra two days to recover.

Tonga have won one game, against Namibia, and with a bonus point win could come second in the pool in the unlikely event that Argentina lose against Namibia and get no bonus points.

They need to win or have a draw with a four try bonus to take over thirds place from Georgia. That’s unlikely.

Tonga will be playing for pride and will be hoping to give the All Blacks a solid workout. Any tries will be applauded.

If you tune in a few minutes before 8 you will see a rarity – a dual haka preliminary. Or should that be a duel haka?

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7 Comments

  1. A solid enough first half by the All Blacks but with a few mistakes. Just held on at the end.

    Tonga have played very well.

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    • Mike C

       /  10th October 2015

      What’s the score so far?

      I am starting to have serious doubts about our ability to win this World Cup.

      Whichever teams qualify from the other pools, especially the “Pool of Death”, who have had much more difficult opponents than the All Blacks, will stand a much better chance of winning than our boys, purely and simply because of having had tougher practice games … which also equates into a psychological advantage.

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      • 14-3 halftime score, 14-6 now as Read back from the bin.

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      • Mike don’t worry. the 2nd half show a lot more vertical play and less lateral…. close in direct running, pick n go, driving mauls from lineouts…..I think that the second half was more the template the AB’s will play going forward but coupled with a bit more kicking for territory against the big teams from the q/f onwards
        Dan Carter had his best game of the cup – near faultless goal kicking with only one miss from the sideline…

        47-9 is emphatic after a 14-3 half time score, we need to tidied up discipline though – another yellow card

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  2. 47-9 final score, very well played in most parts by Tonga. The ABs had a very god workout especially in the first half but put enough points on in the second half to give reasonable confidence they are on track for the quarter finals.

    Milner-Scudder must be a certainty for the right wing spot. Naholo looks out of form, perhaps overawed by the occasion.

    Carter played much better, goal kicking was excellent as was some of his all round play including defence.

    Roll on the Australia Wales game tomorrow and the Ireland-France game on Monday.

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  3. With all this going on did anyone notice that Waikato won the Ranfurly Shield off Hawkes bay?

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    • Mike C

       /  10th October 2015

      @George

      That’s fantastic 🙂

      It’s been a while since Waikato had the shield. I remember when they held onto it for several seasons back in the 80’s. It became a huge thing in Hamilton, with big street parades and day and night drinking.

      Those were the good old days. LOL.

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