NZ press take woeful abs to task
December 05, 2012, 08:46:18
thereby showing a lotmore realism than certain kiwi bird brains and apologists!
The All Blacks' humbling 38-21 defeat at the hands of England "ruined" their European tour and took the shine off a successful season, New Zealand press reports said on Sunday. (Now please dont shoot the messenge kiwis!!)
The world champions' run of 20 tests without defeat was brought to a shuddering halt by a rampant home side at Twickenham on Saturday, who recorded their record margin of victory and biggest score against the All Blacks.
"We don't have an excuse -- we just got beaten by a better side," said coach Steve Hansen, whose team were vastly more experienced that the England line-up.
But Fairfax rugby correspondent Liam Napier said the performance was a "sour way" to end the year and was comparable to a first-year student turning the tables on the head prefect.
It was the All Blacks' first loss on their end-of-year northern tour in a decade and their first defeat this year but Napier said the "timid display ruined the European tour, tainted their season".(Hear hear all ye deaf!)
He questioned whether the "fallout and claims of thuggery" following Andrew Hore's five-week suspension for striking Wales lock Bradley Davies the previous week had affected the team. (Dont think so)
There was a distinct lack of physicality and aggression in the collisions, the All Blacks were bullied at the breakdown and "pinned up against the wall by a raw and inexperienced English side. It was astonishing to watch." (Can't think why it was astonishing as the same thing happened at Dunedin. Its amazing how a "win" glosses over all these shortcomings if the score is the only measure of the rugby played!!!)
Writing in the New Zealand Herald, Wynne Gray said the result turned a strong season into one with some doubts as the All Blacks "felt the cold fear of failure". (All this shock and dismay could have been avoided if the Kiwi bird brains had read my landmark writing on the wall pieces of literature! Or Mike's noteworthy pieces on the ageing ab side and the need for renewal etc)
They were beaten at their own game as "England put a hammerlock on the All Blacks progress and never relented.
"They squeezed with their big men, taking the venom out of the All Blacks so much they made several decisive defensive blunders."
Gray said England won the crucial battle up front where they were "direct, rugged and bludgeoning. They drove their lineout ball and showed a taut scrum which sapped much of the All Blacks vigour."
Radio New Zealand said the All Blacks were outplayed in every department but noted that most of the team had been affected by a stomach bug earlier in the week.(None of that please - note Hansen's comments above re no excuses and also mccaaaaaw saying he felt fine etc etc)
Twenty-one-year-old England flyhalf Owen Farrell was one of the England stars, with his intelligent reading of the game and contribution of 17 points -- an eye-opener for the New Zealand writers.
Both Fairfax Media and the New Zealand Herald produced columns, written before the test, questioning Farrell's right to be included among the nominees for the International Rugby Board Player of the Year award alongside All Blacks Richie McCaw and Dan Carter and Frenchman Frederic Michalak.
"What he is doing on this list is way beyond me," Former All Blacks prop Richard Loe wrote in his Herald column.
"It smacks of a political statement rather than a sensible assessment of the world's best players through 2012," Fairfax said.
Well as I said please no shooting the messenger here. Surprsing realism shown by nz rugby writers and hopefully what they say will be taken to heart by the kiwis here battling to come to grips with the fall of their idols.
Muncher please note the comment re the "crucial battle up front". This is where it all starts. This is where Meyer has been getting it right at the start of his term as Bok coach. Also defence has improved markedly. Some players have been sifted. All in all a very satisfsactory season given the CONTEXT!!!!!.
As for the abs can they come back. We shall see how they responnd and it will be a point of interest for rnext year. Can Hansen read the writing on the wall and make the necessary adjustments etc. Or does he think that this result is merely an abberation as ou saSUE and some other kiwi bird brains imagine. Hahahhahahaha lets hope they think it an abberation.