All Blacks versus England

The All Blacks are playing England (for the first time in four years)  this morning at Twickenham.

England started very well, scoring an early try, following up with a dro goal and then another try, to lead 15-0. They played well, pressuring the All Blacks into mistakes, and playing well tactically for the first thirty minutes.

The All Blacks then changed tactics, worked away at making ground, capitalised in English mistakes and scored a try plus kicking a penalty right on half time to close the score to 15-10 to England.

It has been raining throughout the game so conditions are playing a part, but both teams have managed that well.

It should be a good second half.

Not such a good second half. A drop goal and a penalty by the All Blacks to take a one point lead, and they dominated but had trouble breaking the English defence.

The English reverted to formula footy and didn’t do enough.

There was one quite controversial play when England charged down and scored a try, but the video ref ruled offside so they missed out. I think that the way the game is ruled these days it was offside. The offside enabled the charge down.

And if the try had been awarded it is not certain it would have been converted (it would have been from the sideline), and there were two or three minutes left in which anything could have happened.

And the ABs held on to close out a tight win.

The English didn’t score in the last hour.

Both teams will claim something out of that game but the bottom line is 16-15 to the All Blacks.


  1. lurcher1948

     /  November 11, 2018

    Our captain should have changed the game plan when we were15-0 down,he’s not a Richie

    • duperez

       /  November 11, 2018

      Maybe they changed the game plan to include challenging opposition throws to the lineout. They did that and disrupted opposition possession of the ball and fluency and enhanced their own chances and limited the other team’s. And so won.

      Maybe they didn’t change the game plan so proving they didn’t need to in order to win.

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