Scintillating back play cuts down French
He has lived and breathed Tokoroa rugby for decades. Rugby connoisseur David Foote dissects Pool A play
The All Blacks made a telling statement last Saturday night in their pool match against old adversary France with a resounding 27-17 win to stay at the top of pool A.
The All Blacks had to withstand a lot of early pressure from France but rallied with a try to Cory Jane followed by two more, all scored in the space of 12 minutes.
Richie McCaw, starting in his 100th test appearance for his country, led by example.
Scintillating back play by the All Black backs sliced through the French defence seemingly at will, which put a great strain on their defence.
Dan Carter, although not man of the match, played an outstanding game with his clever line breaks, uncharacteristic drop goal and his pinpoint kickoffs, one of which led to the last All Black try. All the French were able to achieve were points from a dubious penalty just before half time, an intercept try and a try inside the last five minutes of the game from a quick tap kick while the All Blacks were distracted by the referee.
By then the game France had long gone.
Our Richard Kahui still turned in an excellent performance before limping off in the second half.
The other game in pool A was a little bit of an anticlimax, with Tonga accounting for Japan with ease, at
for Whangarei. The Japanese were never in the contest, with the strength of the Tongan forwards prominent in the scrums and lineouts. Tonga winning by 31-18.
The pick of this coming week in Pool A will be the interesting clash between Japan and Canada, which was played at Napier last night.
Then the Canadians are scheduled to play the All Blacks in Wellington this Sunday.
The point of interest in this game will be Mills Muliaina playing his 99th test for his country.