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I wonder whether the legendary scrum doctor Mike Cron has healed our scrum.

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

Hi PK, yes Eddie has been short sighted in that area. It doesn’t have to be a really big carrier, just someone who runs the right lines and acts like an inside centre. At least Foster had the sense to develop Tupaea even though he’s not that big and nobody was touting him.

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

Farrell needs to be put in his place Geoff. He needs to be the second pair of eyes, not the first. Although I do like how Lawes was made captain.

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

Don’t worry, I have been doing just that!

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

And Hairy Hill

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

In 2012 Ireland were thrashed in match 1 and were only beaten by a wobbly last minute Carter drop goal. And that was a better All Black team playing an interior Ireland team.

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

At Harlequins he calls the shots and has a proper inside centre as a bail out option. With England he has a control freak 12 who wants to play first five.

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

Last Kingdom extra?

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

😂 😂 😂

Rennie to look at Swain 'challenge', Jones claims ref 'evened up' red card - Everything Dave and Eddie said post match

Good point. Frizzell might be an option too if he’s been playing.

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

The level of ignorance in NZ rugby on some things is amazing. On Stuff Cane gets a 6 and by far the most popular comments are bagging him. Do our journalists and fans understand the game at all?

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

I was wrong on Bower so I’ll happily join your club!

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

Staffers really are struggling at first five now that Pollard has gone downhill.

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

Unfortunately Moa we don’t have a proper 6 in the squad! I thought that Scooter’s size was what the pack has been crying out for at 6. If he’s suspended I’d rather go for the hard working Vaa’i than the flashy Akira.

The only front rower I’d even consider changing was Taylor after Samisoni upped the work rate so effectively. How on earth did he have time for thirteen tackles?

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

They weren’t better than the Chiefs last year. They lost to them in the one that mattered. The one they won the Chiefs rested their entire team for the final. They were nowhere near as resilient and didn’t win 14 in a row last year either.

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

Play on is better than being sent off!

Swain sent for headbutt as Stan crew debate 'ridiculous' officiating approach to baiting

I have plenty of times. Often the ref doesn’t know about the injury when the decision is made.

Rennie to look at Swain 'challenge', Jones claims ref 'evened up' red card - Everything Dave and Eddie said post match

🥊 🥊 🥊 🥊

Rennie to look at Swain 'challenge', Jones claims ref 'evened up' red card - Everything Dave and Eddie said post match

Also a game when the opposition lost their first five in the warm up, fullback and tighthead early on, and had at tighthead someone who usually plays loosehead.

Rennie to look at Swain 'challenge', Jones claims ref 'evened up' red card - Everything Dave and Eddie said post match

There was also the “this is the first time since 2019 we’ve had most of the squad together” nonsense before the match, to try to excuse the many poor performances in recent years. It’s embarrassing.

Rennie to look at Swain 'challenge', Jones claims ref 'evened up' red card - Everything Dave and Eddie said post match

The Blues were much better than previous years, so much more resilient, which is a Schmidt trademark.

As I said we can only speculate, but the All Blacks were also much more Schmidt like than in previous years.

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

Sheesh, it was hardly the sort of performance to warrant wholesale changes. I’d say that it was a good platform to build on. Sub Havili for Tupaea for instance and you lose that ability and willingness to truck the ball up when his halves were in trouble and be everywhere in defence. We need him for the balance of the team.

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

What people forget is that Barrett played well against England. The absence of Cane was the problem, obviously he was far from absent last night!

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

We can only speculate how much was down to Schmidt too

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

That really is a strange main talking point for a review of the whole match.

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