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Perhaps the key comment is that the All Blacks are selecting for what happens at the third or fourth phase
This was more the 2021 problem – Saturdays game plan and selection very much pointed at getting things right at source. Big mindset change from the coaching group, and they got it bang on.

The Wrap: No global Nations Championship but the southern hemisphere sweeps Round 1 all the same

You need to get to Emersons really early – like Friday

The Wrap: No global Nations Championship but the southern hemisphere sweeps Round 1 all the same

Is the Barrett non citing confirmed – thats great news

The Wrap: No global Nations Championship but the southern hemisphere sweeps Round 1 all the same

thanks OB, replied to winston noting that yesterday
huge hit

ANALYSIS: 'As good a quarter in Foster's reign' powers All Blacks to big win and lets coach breathe easier

Spot on Winston
Big Ofa hit

ANALYSIS: 'As good a quarter in Foster's reign' powers All Blacks to big win and lets coach breathe easier

Article already in
This was more about the coaches than the players I reckon
They nailed it

All Blacks selectors come up short on courage

His running from the base could cause all sorts of problems

ANALYSIS: 'As good a quarter in Foster's reign' powers All Blacks to big win and lets coach breathe easier

I haven’t rewatched yet mate but Ian smith called Cane but he was further out in shot I think

ANALYSIS: 'As good a quarter in Foster's reign' powers All Blacks to big win and lets coach breathe easier

Barrett had a stormer, best performance in a Black 6 shirt for a year
We needed to halt Ireland at source, and he had a huge role in that
Between him and Smith for my MOM

ANALYSIS: 'As good a quarter in Foster's reign' powers All Blacks to big win and lets coach breathe easier

I will post some clips on our midfield D for the first two tries conceded, and the lead up to the second one – its not great
Fakatava is exactly the guy you want coming off the bench the way Ireland defend at the ruck, is he ready yet?

ANALYSIS: 'As good a quarter in Foster's reign' powers All Blacks to big win and lets coach breathe easier

Certainly lwasnt Cane as the commentators called it winston, but I thought it was Bower
Whoever – it was an awesome hit
Will have another look

ANALYSIS: 'As good a quarter in Foster's reign' powers All Blacks to big win and lets coach breathe easier

Im hearing only Jordan is out for Test 2 – we shall see

ANALYSIS: 'As good a quarter in Foster's reign' powers All Blacks to big win and lets coach breathe easier

Agree – in fact they changed it up at halftime
Will try to find time to post something this week

ANALYSIS: 'As good a quarter in Foster's reign' powers All Blacks to big win and lets coach breathe easier

Its also about where we kick from, very deep and it invited Ireland back onto us too often, Smith was our only gain-line kicker

ANALYSIS: 'As good a quarter in Foster's reign' powers All Blacks to big win and lets coach breathe easier

4 staff ?ouch

REACTION: 'Red all day' - 'Sickening' Scott Barrett hit under microscope after ABs sweep aside Irish side missing Sexton

Congrats Carlos, that’s a good win
The SH multi would have been a popular bet this weekend – SA came closest to letting us down

ANALYSIS: 'As good a quarter in Foster's reign' powers All Blacks to big win and lets coach breathe easier

Expecting to see Smith hitting Tupaea direct from the base more than usual tonight

All Blacks selectors come up short on courage

Lots of otago and crusaders boys in the 23
Something in the water

All Blacks selectors come up short on courage

Samoan head on defence was exceptional
Well organised, coaching team did a great job
The ball carrying, midfield in particular was brutal, constant gainline

'They deserved it': Brain snaps and missteps as Wannabies gift Pacific Nations Cup win to Samoa

Wont be long until Fiji or Tonga are knocking over sides in the historical 6-7 on a regular basis.
Looking forward to seeing Malakai in particular play today

Israel Folau returns to Test rugby

I know Aki has been out injured for a bit, but it looked like he spent it in a good paddock.
Hard man to stop with the pill

Something new and some things you knew: Maori All Blacks vs Ireland

Josh Dickson, key part of the best line-out in the comp last two years.
Rock solid on his own ball, good tight carrier, never shirks the hard stuff.
Summer will be spent on tacking height practice

Something new and some things you knew: Maori All Blacks vs Ireland

Nice read Sinclair, unfortunate with the timing as you note.
How good to see a loose trio in Black, all in the same picture working together on so many occasions.
Territorial kicking win also key to making work harder out of their own end, and opening up the possibility of counter attack from poor clearances.
Really liked how Josh Ioane got himself second or wrap around touches and the speed of the pass got the MAB to the edges over and over, Farrell has got some spread over his past compressed D with their 9 posting wider, but they can still be got at.
Well coached Clayton McMillan- the players will be different at test time, but those Irish structures will be largely the same.
Whoever came up with the 2 MAB test structure should be congratulated, and to Ireland for accepting it.

Something new and some things you knew: Maori All Blacks vs Ireland

Thanks for the observations Bob
And to some extent I share the views
Thought we had a real opportunity to select to go afte their scrum right from the kickoff and we had held that back – not helped by Laulala injury
I really hope you are correct

All Blacks selectors come up short on courage

Our guys genuinely think they know better
Last years results could not have been clearer

All Blacks selectors come up short on courage

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