England will come away from their Test with the All Blacks feeling disappointed. How would the game have panned out if Mike Brown had held onto Kyle Eastmond’s pass. Would the All Blacks have been able to come back from that sort of start? Yes probably.
The All Black’s adapt quickly and learn on their feet. The conditions in the second half were difficult for passing. New Zealand tightened things up and played differently to how they normally play. Proving they have a plan B. The All Black pack really earned their money. They are not just athletic ball players they showed they got muscle and grinded it out.
England were the second best team out there. I think Stuart Lancaster still has to find his best fifteen. Ollie Morgan ticks more boxes on the amount of roles he performs out there. Billy Vunipola is a good ball carrier but not great at every other role. He was not suited to that type of game. Morgan should be at number 8.
Owen Farrel doesn’t seem to do anything spectacular. More dependable than mercurial. If Lancaster chooses to not select Danny Cipriani then surely he should give George Ford a start. We know what Farrel can do.
Chris Robshaw plays his heart out but he is not an Openside Flanker. He should be competing with Tom Wood for the Blindside Flanker. Steffon Armitage is the best English Opensider. Unfortunately he is not allowed to be selected.
Brad Barrit is a tackling machine but lacks creativity, top end speed, off the mark speed and has very little footwork. He is a squad man but I don’t feel he is the answer to England’s midfield.
Stuart Lancaster I’m sure will be really pleased how well George Kruis and Dave Attwood played in a very difficult Test for the tight five. Lancaster will be pleased with Semesa Rokoduguni and Kyle Eastmond.
England don’t seem to have improved on what is a very high standard already. New Zealand although not massively better showed what the next level is.
So when I say England were disappointing. It’s only because they havn’t made that next step up.
They are now up and running and I think there is a lot of positives that can be taken into the next Test against the Springboks. England really need to beat South Africa if they want to have the right amount of confidence and belief going in to next year’s World cup.