Date: Saturday, June 14 Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
New Zealand skipper Richie McCaw knows his side will have to cut out the errors when they face England in the second Test in Dunedin.
The All Blacks came dangerously close to losing their long unbeaten run at Eden Park in the first Test before Conrad Smith’s 78th-minute try snatched a 20-15 victory.
And McCaw admits the world champions have to produce an improved display at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
“Everyone realises that some of the inaccuracies we had last week, and the energy we had especially, in the first half, if we get that again we’re going to come second,” said McCaw.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has tweaked his back division for the second Test, with Ben Smith switching to full-back and Julian Savea coming in on the wing.
Savea has scored has scored 19 tries in 20 Tests, but the powerhouse winger will come up against an equally fearsome sight in the England team – with Manu Tuilagi moving to the wing.
Tuilagi started the first Test in the centres, but with head coach Stuart Lancaster having the luxury of naming a full-strength line-up, the Leicester man has been asked to negate the threat of Savea.
Lancaster said: “Savea is a huge attacking threat for them. If you look back at the game in November against us, his threat was clear because he scored two tries. He’s a key man for them.
“I’m sure there will be occasions when Manu and Julian come across each other.
“Both teams will use Manu or Savea off the wing. Savea will definitely pose a threat through the midfield, as will Manu.”
With the playing contingent from Saracens and Northampton now available after missing the opening match due to the scheduling clash with the Premiership final, changes to the England side were always likely.
And Lancaster has made five in total to the starting XV, with Luther Burrell and Billy Twelvetrees reunited in the midfield – forcing Tuilagi to move out wide – while Owen Farrell and Danny Care start are the half-backs.
The sole change in the pack sees Tom Wood replace James Haskell in the back-row, while Kieran Brookes and Chris Ashton have been added to the bench.
Freddie Burns and Ben Youngs drop to the bench, while Jonny May, Kyle Eastmond and Haskell are all omitted from the squad.
|Last 10 Games played between the New Zealand and England|
|7-Jun-14||New Zealand||20 – 15||England|
|16-Nov-13||England||22 – 30||New Zealand|
|1-Dec-12||England||38 – 21||New Zealand|
|6-Nov-10||England||16 – 26||New Zealand|
|21-Nov-09||England||06 – 19||New Zealand|
|29-Nov-08||England||06 – 32||New Zealand|
|21-Jun-08||New Zealand||44 – 12||England|
|14-Jun-08||New Zealand||37 – 20||England|
|5-Nov-06||England||20 – 41||New Zealand|
|19-Nov-05||England||19 – 23||New Zealand|
|Overall Stats England|
|Games Played||37||Games Played||37|
|*Games Won||29||*Games Won||7|
|*Games Lost||7||*Games Lost||29|
|Games Drawn||1||Games Drawn||1|
|*Longest Winning Streak||9||*Longest Winning Streak||2|
|*Longest Losing Streak||2||*Longest Losing Streak||9|
|*Largest Points For||64||*Largest Points For||38|
|*Largest Points Against||38||*Largest Points Against||64|
|*Largest Winning Margin||42||*Largest Winning Margin||17|
|*Largest Losing Margin||-17||*Largest Losing Margin||-42|
|*Total Points For||881||*Total Points For||499|
|*Avg Points For||23.81||*Avg Points For||13.49|
|*Total Points Against||499||*Total Points Against||881|
|*Avg Points Against||13.49||*Avg Points Against||23.81|
|*Total Points Difference||382||*Total Points Difference||-382|
|*Avg Points Difference||10.32||*Avg Points Difference||-10.32|
|* = By New Zealand||* = By England|
POSSIBLE RR World Rankings outcome on Result
NZL (on 93.81 points) at home -vs- ENG (on 85.67 points)
|Possible Outcome||Rating Point
|If NZL win by 1-15 points||0.000||93.81||85.67||No|
|If NZL win by more than 15||0.000||93.81||85.67||No|
|If result is a draw||1.000||92.81||86.67||No|
|If ENG win by 1-15 points||2.000||91.81||87.67||No|
|If ENG win by more than 15||3.000||90.81||88.67||No|
New Zealand: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Victor Vito, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Malakai Fekitoa.
England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Manu Tuilagi, 13 Luther Burrell, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Danny Care, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 David Wilson, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Dylan Hartley, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Billy Vunipola, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Chris Ashton.
Date: Saturday, June 14
Kick-off: 19:35 local (08:35 BST, 07:35 GMT)
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Jérôme Garcès (France)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)
Source : RugbyRedefined.com