All Blacks 20(9), England 15(9)

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The All Blacks will get their international season started against a depleted England side at their Eden Park fortress on Saturday.

The world champions went unbeaten last year, and they are fully expected to continue where they left off against an England side which does not feature any of the players who were involved in last weeekend’s Premiership Final.

However, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen does not seem to be taking anything for granted after naming a full-strength side as they look to gain some momentum.

England coach Stuart Lancaster is philosophical about his team’s lack of experience, pointing out that they have not had much to draw on since he took over after the last World Cup in 2011.


Recent results:
2013: New Zealand won 30-22 in London
2012: England won 38-21 in London
2010: New Zealand won 26-16 in London
2009: New Zealand won 19-6 in London
2008: New Zealand won 32-6 in London
2008: New Zealand won 44-12 in Christchurch
2008: New Zealand won 37-20 in Auckland
2006: New Zealand won 41-20 in London
2005: New Zealand won 23-19 in London

Prediction: England look to be on a hiding to nothing in this one, and whilst the All Blacks may take some time to warm up they should win this one by at least 20 points in the end.

Teams:

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Cory Jane, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Victor Vito, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Malakai Fekitoa.

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Jonny May, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Chris Robshaw (captain), 6 James Haskell, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 David Wilson, 1 Rob Webber, Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Joe Gray, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Tom Johnson, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Chris Pennell.

Date: Saturday, June 7
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Kick-off: 19.35 (07.35 GMT; 08.35 UK time)
Expected weather: Partly cloudy but dry. High of 18, wind 20 kph
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Jérôme Garcès (France)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Source: Rugby365

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54 Comments on All Blacks 20(9), England 15(9)

  1. England with the last play of the first half as they attack close to AB line due to another kick that goes nowhere…

    England try a drop kick which miss to end the first 40 of the game….

    England looked like the better team in the first half and were more direct with their attack and meters made in attack…

    AB with too many handling errors and senseless kicking from backline….

    AB have Englands number at the outside and should see them attacking them their more in the second half…

    Halftime score: All Black 9 England 9

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  2. Watching the first passage of play that lead to the fist NZ penalty I saw that arrogant klittle Welsh twat permit no less than five penalisable offences by NZ just go past, which included taking players out off the ball, blocking at rucks, off feet at ruck/sealing let go until he managed to find England infringe once… added to that in the time leading to England’s first penalty Ma’a Nonu clearly committed a yellow card offence and didn’t even get a talking to. He is a cheating little git.

    Until SA Refereees and the IRB can admit that their so-called master blowers are actually completely totally and utterly iincompetent and spoiling rugby as a spectacle to neutrals rugby will continue to lag as a sport behind other professional sports.

    I’m watching Tree House Masters now on DSTV because f**k knows I can’t watch that officious little Welsh twat butcher a game.

    St Michel oonce said that New Zealand intimidates referees… I’m starting to think he is right…

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  3. @DavidS: David you will see most teams doing the same and getting away sometimes with it…look at England and you will see the same happening at rucks. Going off your feet to seal the ball seems the norm these days and I hate that more than anything else and all referees lets it go….AB gets away with more but all teams play to the referee and they are coach to do so…
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  4. Penalty AB for holding on in the rucks….AB with kick take and are 5 meters out and over the line…..

    Ben Smith the man over and referee takes to the TMO!!!!

    Looks short first…..scrum AB 5 meters out

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  5. Owens has established without a doubt that he is incapable of refereeeing at this level… or even schoool level…

    Maybe he just enjoys looking at the Kiwi players’ bums rather?

    Or maybe he’s having a sexual hotness overload runnimng around amongst so many muscled sweaty fit rugby boys who are twenty years younger than him so he fails to see any infringements…

    Looking at Richie’s bum instead of his cheating hands…

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  6. Penalty to Ab in last play and win the game 20-15,thank you Owens you can get the envelope after the functions…..

    This was a poor performance from a so called top referee…

    England were all over them…England to bring on some of their top players next week will have some interesting play-out next week.

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  7. Shocking shocking shocking…

    If the IRB is going to idly allow someone like |Owens to continue to fraudulently “referee” rugby matches at international level like thiis then the game is a joke.

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  8. I have no love for England or New Zealand as rugby sides.

    However watching a rugby team get openly screwed by an incompetent nincompoop is not what rugby is about.

    This is what makes neutrals switch ooff a television and change channels.

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  9. Rugby is fixed look at our Semis against AU and the final RWC in NZ then just about every S15 game a saffa team plays.

    So please DaveS don’t get too worked up or you will end up like my mate Norris who had a stroke while watching rugby and now never watches….

    The Kiwis cheat blatantly and its been going on even before Fitzie learned to milk red cards and penalties.

    You see the most important part of winning rugby is done off the field.

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  10. Ahh the All Black haters and their conspiracy theories. Get over it and just admit they are the number one side in the world at the moment. They beat the Boks fairly and squarely home and away last year and now you guys have to rake up the supposed referee induced loss to Oz way back in 2011 to back up your attacks on the referee. England played well last Saturday and the All Blacks looked rusty but what do you expect when the English side have just come off a series of games together and the AB’s are playing their first game of the new season together.
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