England turned in a typically crusaders-like performance. Did the basics,
huge defence. Even survived with 13 men. You can't complain about this
The AB's played ok but didn't threaten enough. It was hard to get flow in
the game with the refs whistle going every minute. It was baffling that he
would award a penalty to NZ even though the had the ball. More of a
disadvantage than an advantage.
Rokocoko - Good driving play at the start. Didn't see much ball after that
Nonu - Solid game. Was never given enough room to be able to make the breaks
he's known for in Super 12.
Umaga dropped the ball 3 times. Terrible game from the player many like to
call "best player in the world"
Caleb Ralph had a solid game for all his accusations of being slow and
useless. Didn't look very slow when easily keeping up with Howlett in the
AB's only (albeit non)try.
Reuben Thorne also had a solid game.
Lineouts were excellent. Can't blame Oliver, Jack or Williams.
McCaw had a huge game. Always a standout.
Would like to see Mealamu starting the next test. Made some good gains in
his limited match time.
Seemed to be a lack of cohesion in the backline. Passing didn't seem very
fluid. Lots of stuttering and stopping and jinking and ***ing about.