Sunday, June 22, 2008

All Blacks lay out the Poms

The new-look All Blacks dismantled an under-siege England for the second straight week, despite losing skipper Richie McCaw and Ali Williams to first-half injuries.

(McCaw will miss most of the Tri-Nations with a bad ankle strain; Williams is expected to return to action shortly.)

The final score of 44-12 was a fair reflection of the gulf in class between the two sides, notwithstanding England's boast of having been a RWC finalist only seven months ago, and Fleet Street's promises that New Zealand are the team on the decline.

In sum: new-look NZ doesn't even get out of second-gear, beats England, a team comprised of professional players who toil in a league that the Stephen Joneses and Eddie Butlers of the world believe are streets ahead of the Antipodes, by a cumulative score of 81-32.

Debutantes for the All Blacks, Rudi Wulf, Richard Kahui, Adam Thomson and Anthony Boric all went well for New Zealand, with center Kahui the most impressive. Besides a brilliant try on his debut and some solid line breaks and defense, the match will long be remembered for Kahui's massive (accidental) head-clash tackle on Matthew Tait.

See sickening youtube viddie, as below:


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