In Dublin, play it again, Sam
Irish eyes won’t be smiling at thought of Cane in opposition line-up
then I will hope to play to that level again against the Irish.”
Cane, who had an outstanding 2011 Under-20 world championship, scoring a hat-trick of tries in one game, said the tour had given him a different insight into the set-up as he had been named on the elite leadership group along with vastly more experienced players such as captain Richie McCaw and Carter.
“It has allowed me to work really closely with the coaches and it has been interesting for me to see behind the scenes,” he said.
“It hasn’t changed the way I’ve approached the tour but the additional responsibility is something I’ve enjoyed.
“I’ve learnt off four of the most capped players in All Blacks history.”
His fellow Under-20 world championship winning teammate Charles Piutau has in contrast started both the Tests on this tour (scoring a try in the 26-19 win over France and then switching wings for the 30-22 victory over England), and he says that the experience has been a huge learning curve for him.
“Getting more game time has allowed me to learn all the time,” said the 21-year-old, who made his Test debut against France in New Zealand this year.
“The welcome given by the senior players has played a huge part in how I’ve blended into this team. I grew up watching Richie and Dan playing rugby, they were like gods to me.
“However, you couldn’t meet two more down-to-earth guys.”
Piutau said that he hadn’t found the transition from fullback to wing a problem and assistant coach Ian Foster said he had fulfilled the role well, though he conceded he was still a work in progress.
“He’s got a short attention-span (so) for the two Tests on the tour so far we switched him from the right side to the left!” he said.
“He’s dealt with it well. He’s a very level-headed young man. He’s also done his job off the park as well.
“He’s pretty good but he has got stuff to work on like the last match showed up things such as his kick and chase. He’s a work in progress.
“We are only talking about sandpaper; that is, small improvements.” – Sapa-AFP NEW ZEALAND: Israel Dagg; Cory Jane, Ben Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea; Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (capt), Steven Luatua; Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano; Charlie Faumuina, Andrew Hore, Wyatt Crockett Replacements: Dane Coles, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Ryan Crotty
CANE HE DO IT AGAIN? There’s no luck for the Irish when they face New Zealand’s Sam Cane – in one Test he enabled Dan Carter to drop a goal and clinch a win, and in the next he scored two tries in a 60-0 rout.