Rugby: New Zealand Defeats England 37-20

Owen SalmonContributor IJune 14, 2008

England started their summer tour of New Zealand in typical style with a 37-20 loss at the hands of a rampant All Blacks with Dan Carter pulling the strings.

England started to first test well, dominating the opening 10 minutes especially at the breakdown. However, the Blacks soon woke up and started to play .

After penalties were exchanged, the ball came to Carter in England's 22. He masterfully chipped the ball through for Conrad Smith to run on to and score near the posts.

Minutes later, the Blacks had a scrum just outside England's 22, a move involving Ellis and Sivivatu put Carter in under the posts. It could've been made worse just before half time, as Carter attacked the try line and threw a scoring pass only to be intercepted by Topsey Ojo, who sprinted away 90 metres to score in the corner on his senior debut.

It didn't get much better after the break for England with Muliaina and Sivivatu crossing the try line in quick succession.  The only positive was the fact the All Blacks didn't score another point.

There was a consolation try for Ojo, who collected a wonderful cross kick from replacement scrum half Danny Care.  England have a lot to work on before the second test next week.

Why are we still picking players with a name instead of form players?

Wigglesworth has had a quiet Premiership season, while Danny Care has been outstanding and showed some great touches when he came on.

Wigglesworth is too slow around the base of the ruck which plays right into the All Blacks' hands.  Narraway can't even get a starting spot for his club side Gloucester.

Hodgson looked like a startled rabbit caught in headlights, and Brown a full back never looked like he was making the All Black defence work.

Why have we not got another out and out Fly Half on the tour, and why is Matthew Tait (the form back for England in the World Cup) not starting?

I hope Martin Johnson is going to be bold and mix things up a bit!

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