The All Blacks record since the start of Rugby World Cup 2011 reads, 30 Games: 28 Wins, 1 Draw and 1 Loss for a 93% win rate. Quite a remarkable record in any sport let alone rugby. That solitary defeat came at the hands of a fired up, young England side who refused to be bowed on their hallowed 'Twickers' turf.
Traditionally England have been looked upon as 'bosh' merchants, preferring 'kick and clap' and 'up the jumper' styles of rugby to anything else. In this extended video we look at four elements which underpinned their strategy to win against all the odds, while also burying a few stereotypes along the way to cap a memorable victory.
Width: Giving the ball some air across the full width to keep the All Blacks on their toes.
Evasion: Using deft footwork to beat defenders and constantly get across advantage lines.
Rush Defence: An 'out to in' defence coupled with aggressive tackles and line speed = NZ indecision.
Set Piece: Gaining parity if not dominance to build pressure, win penalties and allow freedom for set plays.
Music credit: B.B. King – Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.
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