All Blacks happy with pre-Test blowout

NZ Newswire August 11, 2012, 12:15 pm

The All Blacks pronounced themselves happy and injury-free following a practice match in Pukekohe on Friday night.

The low-key match, eight days out from their opening Test in the inaugural Rugby Championship against Australia in Sydney, saw the New Zealand squad members play two 20-minute stints in front of crowd of about 10,000.

They beat Counties Manukau 12-0 in the first match and Auckland 14-5 in the second.

Wingers scored all of the tries for the All Blacks. Julian Savea and Cory Jane crossed in the first match while Savea and Hosea Gear dotted down in the second after Auckland halfback Alby Mathewson had crossed early on.

Wearing their blue training jerseys, the All Blacks fielded some unlikely combinations, with coach Steve Hansen's main aim to give game time to players who hadn't experienced rugby since their respective Super Rugby campaigns finished.

Captain Richie McCaw said the short matches had served their purpose.

"We had a few guys that hadn't played much footy for a while and got a bit of rust out but I think it will be good for us," he told TVNZ.

"If anything, it puts your feet on the ground as well and (shows) it doesn't just happen, and to be fair we haven't been together for long and we've got a bit of work to do."

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  1. Trav1s10108:58am Sunday 12th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    meannnnn game awsum ;)

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  2. Waddaboutdat08:41am Sunday 12th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    SBW and Phillip are Stooooopid.

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  3. Waddaboutdat08:40am Sunday 12th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Phillip. While we are on spelling - you spelt my name differently in 2 sentences. You are a dyslexic Dork. Make an appointment with Spec Savers too.

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  4. Phillip05:04pm Saturday 11th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Looks like Alan has been reading Russell's comments , because he to can't spell "stoopid" . Allan send me your address and I will send you a dictionary.

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  5. il Duce04:01pm Saturday 11th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    And no doubt, after last night, Stu-Wharfie, Pigs Gonads, Alan, Russell and tosser tom are all happy with their pre-test blow, jobs for the boys!!

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  6. ROMMEL03:26pm Saturday 11th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    whoopee they beat counties and auckland ,,they must be the best ever ,,,,my god tough teams those two ,,,,ja

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  7. ron02:39pm Saturday 11th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Yeah 10ks a good turnout on a winter's night for a training hitout. Wouldn't get near that in any other code in this country... Bring it on next week.

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  8. Waddaboutdat12:55pm Saturday 11th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Stoopid Billy Willy is not coming back.

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  9. il Duce11:37am Saturday 11th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    And no doubt, after last night, Stu-Wharfie, Pigs Gonads, Alan, Russell and tosser tom are all happy with their pre-test #$%$

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  10. 10:54am Saturday 11th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I shoulda gone for a night out - Puke,s a very relaxed place to watch footy - one of the few places I can say, I enjoy going to, I don,t know why officials from other venues don,t try to re-introduce that ' fun day out ' approach - Instead of the greedy over pricing & herd them-in and fleece em! type of attitude - under 13s get in free .. so you,ve got twice as much 'Hot Dog' money .. way to go Counties!!!

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