Richard Ferguson

EOYT: England (16) v New Zealand (26) F/T

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news on 6 Nov 2010 at 14:00
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Arrogance may have cost the All Blacks last week against the Wallabies, when they subbed Dan Carter with 20 minutes to go. Stephen Donald’s mistakes handed the Wallabies an opportunity for the comeback, one they didn’t miss.

This week Graham Henry has maintained his pivotal pair, Carter and Richie McCaw, in the starting team, but he has rotated by bringing in Sonny Bill Williams for his debut at outside centre ahead of Conrad Smith, and elevating Alby Mathewson ahead of Jimmy Cowan.

The latter couple of selections may hint at arrogance again, but bringing that pair into a side filled with settled combinations is a wise move. Williams is seen as the perfect physical specimen for what a centre should look like, and if the All Blacks move the English defence around as much as they’re hoping to, the former Rugby League star could expose Mike Tindall’s lack of pace and the holes in the midfield.

Mathewson will also be buoyed by the presence of established players such as Carter and Kieran Read, and his promotion isn’t much of a risk as it may initially seem. The English have failed to find a consistent style under Martin Johnson since 2008, alternating between the set-piece orientated game and attack coach Brian Smith’s side-to-side option.

Their last showing against Australia in June provided the perfect template however, as they used their big pack to provide the go-forward, and then took the ball flatter at flyhalf. Scrumhalf Ben Youngs was also instrumental in sniping around the fringes, and if they produced a similar showing, they’ll have another chance of an upset.
The verbals in the build-up have been typically spicy from the English side, with defence coach Mike Ford setting of the jousting with this comment on the Tri-Nations: “There were three games averaging out at 77 points each. That’s not Test rugby.”

Ford’s dig highlights how England will try make this an arm-wrestle and slow the game up as much as possible the thwart the All Blacks’ attacking game, but his reference to those three Tests is also unfounded as only one of those Tests included the All Blacks, and that was when they beat Australia 49-28 in Melbourne.
One of the key traits of the All Blacks has been their physical, uncompromising defence, which they’ll be hoping to impose on England on Saturday.


England: 15 Ben Foden, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Mike Tindall, 12 Shontayne Hape, 11 Mark Cueto, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Nick Easter, 7 Lewis Moody (captain), 6 Tom Croft, 5 Tom Palmer, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Steve Thompson, 1 Andrew Sheridan.

Replacements: 16 Dylan Hartley, 17 David Wilson, 18 Dave Attwood, 19 Hendrie Fourie, 20 Danny Care, 21 Charlie Hodgson, 22 Delon Armitage.

New Zealand: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Josevata Rokocoko, 13 Sonny Bill Williams, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.

Replacements: 16 Hikawera Elliot, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Anthony Boric, 19 Liam Messam, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Stephen Donald, 22 Isaia Toeava.

Date: Saturday 6 November
Venue: Twickenham, London
Kick-off: 14.30 (14.30 GMT)
Expected weather: Sunny intervals with a minimum of 6Β°C and high of 11Β°C with light rain possibly later
Referee: Romain Poite
Assistant referees: Stuart Dickinson (Australia), David Changleng (Scotland)
TMO: Giulio De Santis (Italy)


  • NZ look to slow down the opposition on defence as much as anybody else.

    They only like the ‘high-tempo’ game when they have the ball.

    Hopefully the ref is wide awake to their cheating ways. 😈

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.11.10 14:39:59 by McLovin Reply
  • Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
    Or close the wall up with our English dead.
    In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
    As modest stillness and humility:
    But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
    Then imitate the action of the tiger;
    Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
    Disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d rage;
    Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
    Let pry through the portage of the head
    Like the brass cannon; let the brow o’erwhelm it
    As fearfully as doth a galled rock
    O’erhang and jutty his confounded base,
    Swill’d with the wild and wasteful ocean.
    Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
    Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
    To his full height. On, on, you noblest English.
    Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!
    Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,
    Have in these parts from morn till even fought
    And sheathed their swords for lack of argument:
    Dishonour not your mothers; now attest
    That those whom you call’d fathers did beget you.
    Be copy now to men of grosser blood,
    And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman,
    Whose limbs were made in England, show us here
    The mettle of your pasture; let us swear
    That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;
    For there is none of you so mean and base,
    That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
    I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
    Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot:
    Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
    Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.11.10 14:42:55 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 2) :
    Started a tad early in the day have we? πŸ˜†

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.11.10 15:03:13 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) : Not even started yet. Only cause my beverages haven’t reached optimum drinking temperature yet. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.11.10 15:09:29 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 4) :

    Optimum drinking temperature is very important, I have to agree..

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.11.10 15:20:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • All the talk from England’s defensive coach comes to nought.

    Too easy for the men from middle earth.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.11.10 16:58:37 by McLovin Reply

  • 14 – 0


  • Comment 7, posted at 06.11.10 16:59:23 by McLovin Reply

  • 14-3


  • Comment 8, posted at 06.11.10 17:02:02 by McLovin Reply

  • Aus lead 7-6


  • Comment 9, posted at 06.11.10 17:09:11 by McLovin Reply

  • 17-3 to NZ


    We’ve taken a hit captain.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.11.10 17:10:14 by McLovin Reply

  • Looks like Fair Blighty’s land is fooked… So much for all the chest-thumping.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.11.10 17:12:23 by Big Fish Reply
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  • ok who do we scream 4 here AB or England πŸ˜•
    i think we must go for ENGland πŸ™„

    and thanks for the Update nt watching the game so will c it on SW :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.11.10 17:14:51 by chaz Reply

  • @chaz (Comment 12) : We all scream for ice cream. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.11.10 17:15:42 by McLovin Reply

  • NZ being pinged at scrum time.

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.11.10 17:16:38 by McLovin Reply

  • On Sky Sports all the commentators can talk about is Englands 1 point win against Australia. Rather sad.

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.11.10 17:17:35 by lostfish Reply
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  • Eng look flou. πŸ™„

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.11.10 17:19:37 by McLovin Reply

  • why are the wales and england matches being played simultaneously? Silly.

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.11.10 17:21:09 by klempie Reply

  • 17-3

    Half time

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.11.10 17:21:46 by McLovin Reply

  • So far Mike Ford’s pre-match comments are made to look rather silly. πŸ™„

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.11.10 17:27:40 by McLovin Reply

  • Sonny-boy has so far not done anything wrong and gave one magic offload which lead to the first try. I think.

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.11.10 17:28:47 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 20) : He sucked in a bunch of defenders and opened up a highway for Kaino to run through.

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.11.10 17:31:45 by lostfish Reply
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  • NZ under pressure at scrum time. Couple of penalties and now free kick.

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.11.10 17:34:45 by McLovin Reply

  • And NZ give away another penalty. Woodcock = 3 penalties.

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.11.10 17:36:03 by McLovin Reply

  • 17-6


  • Comment 24, posted at 06.11.10 17:36:34 by McLovin Reply

  • 20-6


  • Comment 25, posted at 06.11.10 17:39:55 by McLovin Reply

  • England 6 – 20 NZ

    47 minutes

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.11.10 17:39:57 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Dam wall creaking.

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.11.10 17:41:28 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 25) :

    You just beat me there!

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.11.10 17:42:09 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 25) :

    @Richard Ferguson (Comment 26) :

    My margin is 14.

    😳 Wish they had Eskom as power suppliers. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.11.10 17:43:15 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • Did Mealamu just do a Bakkies Botha impersonation there?????????????? 😯

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.11.10 17:44:49 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • Mealamu appears to do a Bakkies on Moody.

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.11.10 17:45:32 by McLovin Reply

  • Another penalty against NZ at scrum time.

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.11.10 17:46:06 by McLovin Reply

  • TMO time for Eng.

  • Comment 33, posted at 06.11.10 17:47:52 by McLovin Reply

  • Looks good to me.

  • Comment 34, posted at 06.11.10 17:48:12 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 31) :

    PVRd it a few times, I think Mealamu needs to check with bakkies to see how long he is going to rest for.

    He twisted his neck pretty well to make sure he connected. 😳

  • Comment 35, posted at 06.11.10 17:48:17 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • Try given!

  • Comment 36, posted at 06.11.10 17:48:39 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 35) : Agree sir. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 06.11.10 17:49:11 by McLovin Reply

  • 20-13


  • Comment 38, posted at 06.11.10 17:49:34 by McLovin Reply

  • Try scored by a kiwi no less. 😈

  • Comment 39, posted at 06.11.10 17:50:05 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 39) : πŸ˜›

  • Comment 40, posted at 06.11.10 17:51:05 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • 23-13


  • Comment 41, posted at 06.11.10 17:51:39 by McLovin Reply

  • Poms under pressure.

  • Comment 42, posted at 06.11.10 17:55:48 by McLovin Reply

  • 12man synchronized dancing by the Players. πŸ˜•

  • Comment 43, posted at 06.11.10 18:02:39 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • 23-16


  • Comment 44, posted at 06.11.10 18:04:07 by McLovin Reply

  • Fourie on the field for Eng.

  • Comment 45, posted at 06.11.10 18:05:03 by McLovin Reply

  • That’s 2 kiwis and a saffa on the field for Eng now.

  • Comment 46, posted at 06.11.10 18:06:08 by McLovin Reply

  • NZ by 13 πŸ˜›

  • Comment 47, posted at 06.11.10 18:06:58 by Jarson Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 46) :

    They should be called the Commonwealth side.

  • Comment 48, posted at 06.11.10 18:08:15 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • 26-16


  • Comment 49, posted at 06.11.10 18:09:02 by McLovin Reply

  • @Jarson (Comment 47) :

    NZ by 14

  • Comment 50, posted at 06.11.10 18:09:21 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • Yellow for Kaino. 😎

  • Comment 51, posted at 06.11.10 18:10:35 by McLovin Reply

  • TMO time again. Nope.

  • Comment 52, posted at 06.11.10 18:14:26 by McLovin Reply

  • 5min to go.

    Looks like another brave defeat for Eng. Their favourite result against the All Blacks. πŸ™„

  • Comment 53, posted at 06.11.10 18:15:40 by McLovin Reply

  • NO try but how about a PK for the SHOULDER CHARGE!?!?!?!??!?!?!

  • Comment 54, posted at 06.11.10 18:15:42 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • NZ wasting time at scrum time. πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 55, posted at 06.11.10 18:18:54 by McLovin Reply

  • Too little too late from Eng.

  • Comment 56, posted at 06.11.10 18:19:27 by McLovin Reply

  • Carter Man of da match.

  • Comment 57, posted at 06.11.10 18:21:09 by McLovin Reply

  • Final Score

    Eng 16 – 26 NZ

  • Comment 58, posted at 06.11.10 18:22:22 by McLovin Reply

  • Watch out Aus! 😈

  • Comment 59, posted at 06.11.10 18:23:03 by McLovin Reply

  • 2 Wins
    2 Margin points so far this weekend. 😎

  • Comment 60, posted at 06.11.10 18:23:39 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 60) : I forgot to make my picks πŸ˜₯

  • Comment 61, posted at 06.11.10 18:25:24 by lostfish Reply
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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 60) : I had Eng by 5. 😳

  • Comment 62, posted at 06.11.10 18:25:30 by McLovin Reply

  • 2 Wins and 1 margin for me. Go Bokke! πŸ˜›

  • Comment 63, posted at 06.11.10 18:27:17 by Jarson Reply
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  • Billy Bob Thornton was pretty good – but we all knew that.

    What he did NOT do was justify the hype. Yet.

    Will be watching this with interest.

  • Comment 64, posted at 06.11.10 18:28:31 by Big Fish Reply
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  • NZ get some crockery for their efforts. πŸ™„

  • Comment 65, posted at 06.11.10 18:29:26 by McLovin Reply

  • Some woman handing it over.

    If my lip reading is correct she said to Richie something like – I’m available in your hotel tonight. Not much i won’t do. πŸ˜‰ 😈

  • Comment 66, posted at 06.11.10 18:31:31 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 66) :
    Tell her to wear a BALL-gown; he is sure to lie all over her all night. 😈

  • Comment 67, posted at 06.11.10 18:35:17 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 67) :

    He is the Captain of the #1 team in the world. He can hold onto any ball as long as he wants. πŸ˜›

  • Comment 68, posted at 06.11.10 18:38:06 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 68) :
    Not *any* ball.

    Not as long as I have breath in my body… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 69, posted at 06.11.10 18:43:02 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 69) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 70, posted at 06.11.10 18:47:29 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 67) : Wonder if he’ll he enter through the gate or come from an offside position? 😈

  • Comment 71, posted at 06.11.10 18:54:07 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 71) :
    Ooooh! Nice one!

    I’m sure however he does it, he’ll ask her to play the man, not the ball.

  • Comment 72, posted at 06.11.10 19:14:47 by Big Fish Reply
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