All Blacks to get the ‘game of their lives’ from Scots

The Timaru Herald - - TECHNOLOGY&SCIENCE -

Scot­land have a new at­tack­ing mind­set and will be out to give the All Blacks ‘‘the game of their lives’’.

That’s the be­lief of Bri­tish great Jeremy Gus­cott, th­ese days a re­spected rugby pun­dit for the BBC.

Gus­cott feels Scot­land now have one of the best coaches in the busi­ness in charge in Gre­gor Townsend who can add a new di­men­sion to the team on the back of im­prove­ments made by their for­mer New Zealand men­tor Vern Cot­ter who fin­ished his term in words for Taw­era Kerr-Barlow who led the haka in what may be his fi­nal All Blacks ap­pear­ance with his tour-end de­par­ture for La Rochelle.

‘‘He’s been in out­stand­ing form most of his All Blacks ca­reer, and has al­ways given us some­thing to charge ear­lier this year.

Gus­cott sug­gested Scot­land’s pul­sat­ing 44-38 win over Samoa last week­end was a sign of things to come as Townsend’s team came out on top in an 11-try thriller.

‘‘I’ve seen and heard peo­ple moan­ing that Scot­land’s de­fence is a bit por­ous. But I think Scot­land are in a bet­ter place than peo­ple might think, be­cause they’re do­ing what is harder in rugby and that is scor­ing tries,’’ Gus­cott wrote in his lat­est piece for the BBC. think about ... it was a great per­for­mance, com­posed, and, apart from one pass, the rest of his game was out­stand­ing.’’

The coach also lauded the ben­fits of the fix­ture, not just as a much-needed money-spin­ner for New Zealand rugby (this and the

Gus­cott was sure that, de­spite Samoa stay­ing in the game, the Scots never re­ally felt they would lose the test in Ed­in­burgh.

‘‘I re­mem­ber Gre­gor Townsend, the new Scot­land coach, as a player. I played with him on the 1997 Lions tour and also against him for our coun­tries and the score­line very much re­flects him as a player. His men­tal­ity is ‘if you score four, I’m go­ing to score five’,’’ Gus­cott con­tin­ued.

‘‘They’ve got one of the best Baabaas clash could con­trib­ute more than $4 mil­lion to the na­tional cof­fers), but a de­vel­op­men­tal tool for the top-end of the Kiwi game.

‘‘The big­gest bonus was the fact th­ese guys got to play two games, and out of the Bar­bar­ians there coaches in the world, some­one who trans­formed Glas­gow into a tryscor­ing team, and it looks like he’s do­ing the same now with Scot­land.

‘‘They’ve got the All Blacks this week­end and he’ll be say­ing: ‘you’re not ex­pected to beat New Zealand, go out and prove peo­ple wrong. Let’s give them the game of their lives and the game they weren’t ex­pect­ing’.’’

Scot­land have never beaten the All Blacks with New Zealand win­ning 28 and draw­ing two of their 30 tests. was an op­por­tu­nity them to come join us

‘‘We have been able to prepare some younger men not only for to­mor­row, but be­yond. There’s a lot of talk about 2019, but some of th­ese guys may not get their op­por­tu­nity till af­ter ‘19.’’ for five of

David Hav­ili 7:

Not many at­tack­ing chances. Some con­fi­dent high-ball takes, a well-read 22 catch and nice ba­nana clear­ance, good float­ing ball for Duffie try. Caught in no-man’s land in be­ing un­able to stop first French try.

Palmed off big-time by Camille Chat. Lean frame was hit back­wards a few more times with ball in hand, but found a bit more space later.

Sole new start­ing All Black had some good stuff un­done by un­for­tu­nate 67th-minute yel­low card. Prior to that showed lovely vi­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion, in­clud­ing nice float­ing ball for Squire to score. Good de­fen­sive reads too.

Matt Duffie 6: Jack Good­hue 6: Ngani Laumape 8:

Strong car­ries as usual - no bet­ter than 56th-min try where he ran over Vin­cent Rat­tezand close to line. Dis­tri­bu­tion a mix of lovely and aw­ful – such as su­per quick-hands turn­ing av­er­age Sopoaga pass into a Duffie try, then soon af­ter throw­ing in­ter­cept-try pass which was for­ward any­way.

Seta Ta­mani­valu 7:

Used of­ten in mid­field as a dan­ger­ous roamer, al­ways strong. Some good runs down left flank. Sucked in on de­fence to con­cede ABs’ first try.

Lima Sopoaga 6:

Just a dis­trib­u­tor, re­ally. One early aim­less kick, for­ward pass scup­pered at­tack­ing chance on half­time. Solid front-on de­fence.

Most likely his last match in ABs jer­sey be­fore head­ing to La Rochelle. De­cent de­fen­sive work, the odd good scam­per, aw­ful grub­ber into French legs, not the crispest night of dis­tri­bu­tion.

Taw­era Kerr-Barlow 6: Luke White­lock 7:

Noth­ing flashy from first-time skip­per, al­ways on hand for a strong carry, and solid tack­ling. Lost ball in tackle close to line but a penalty saved blushes.

Ardie Savea 6:

Fine early turnover win which turned mo­men­tum and led to open­ing try. Mostly well-con­tained and couldn’t find much space to show the x-fac­tor.

Liam Squire 9:

Back from sick bed in a storm­ing way. Best on the pad­dock, with great roam­ing runs and sup­port play mixed with a tonne of solid hits and abra­sive­ness round fringes.

The big li­ne­out tar­get, though not too much else. Did well to lock up French maul and win turnover.

Spilled open­ing kick­off, but im­proved plenty from there. Great early charge, de­cent link work and runs in mid­dle. Had ball ripped when try­line beck­oned, but made amends with 52nd-minute score with strong carry.

One penalty for col­lapsed scrum, but oth­er­wise solid at the set-piece.

Do­minic Bird 6: Pa­trick Tuip­u­lotu 8: Jef­frey Toomaga-Allen 6: Nathan Har­ris 6:

Earned tight­head win on first scrum, but cou­ple of av­er­age li­ne­out throws.

Solid scrum­mag­ing, but op­po­site Ma­lik Ha­madache charged out of his grasp in open play, and he had a pass in­ter­cepted off an un­in­tended li­ne­out win.

Tim Perry 6: RE­SERVES: Asafo Au­mua 6:

(66th min for Har­ris) Won cru­cial turnover in tan­dem with Hunt with three min­utes to play, but bad li­ne­out throw af­ter.

(57th min for Perry) First taste of the All Blacks, and on un­fa­mil­iar loose­head side, which ABs are keen on shift­ing him to. Shunted back in first scrum, but got bet­ter.

(66th min for Toomaga-Allen) Hid­ing to noth­ing in get­ting run around by Macalou lead­ing to late French try. Huge last scrum left him able to smile.

(66th min for Tuip­u­lotu) Showed keen­ness and aware­ness by div­ing on loose ruck ball twice.

(53rd min for Squire) First wear­ing of ABs jer­sey in­jected im­me­di­ate de­sire within. Took ball im­me­di­ately on en­trance, then went on a bril­liant run up­field but couldn’t link up. (70th min for Savea)

(70th min for

Atu Moli 6: Ofa Tu’un­gafasi 5: Scott Bar­rett 6: Akira Ioane 8: Dil­lon Hunt N/R Mitch Drum­mond N/R


Richie Mo’unga 7:

(53rd min for Sopoaga) First ABs ex­pe­ri­ence and quickly in­volved in try with a sim­ple pass for Laumape. Fum­bled a low ball but ad­van­tage was played any­way, then scram­bled well a cou­ple of times.

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