New Zealand living off scraps here. England not doing enough with the possession they’ve had though, this has All Blacks soul splinterer written all over it @bloodandmud

Yes, the spectre of the Soul-splinterer still looms large, as always, but England look not only dominant but also mostly relaxed and at ease, which is the biggest surprise for me.


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New Zealand were largely nowhere in that half, and on the few occasions they did get somewhere England’s defence dealt with it comfortably. They are also getting murdered at the breakdown and I wouldn’t be surprised if Sam Cane makes an appearance from the tunnel for the second forty.

England couldn’t have asked for more in terms of performance, but they perhaps should’ve had more points for their nearly 70% possession.

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