England clash bigger than Lions series, says All Blacks coach Hansen

Heather Diaz
November 10, 2018

Eddie Jones knows that one of the keys to beating the All Blacks is to mentally get past their "aura" and, having done an impressive job of that with Australia, he has spent the last week drumming it into his England players.

Winger Rieko Ioane, 21, added: "The pressure we put on each other is probably bigger than what everyone perceives we get on the outside". They threw themselves into every tackle and played as if their lives depended on it. "England have to cut down on their mistakes and tackle, however they can not just expect to win by defending, they need to attack and look to score some tries".

So, what did the Lions get right that England must try to replicate on Saturday?

They went on to sweep their autumn internationals while their 2015 World Cup win formed the early part of a winning run of 18 straight Tests - a world record, since matched by Jones' England.

"The other ones whenever they have gone out, they have done a really good job".

Ryan Crotty celebrates at fulltime after the All Blacks sneak home against England at Twickenham.

The All Blacks' relatively low total of points from the boot is largely due to eschewing penalty attempts in favour of going for the line - their penalty attempts per game is comfortably the lowest of the nine teams - and the wisdom of that is borne out by their prolific try-scoring. Not only on attack but on defence as well.

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"You have to give them credit for limiting the All Blacks to a single point, though. It's stuff they don't normally do, and it came about because they were rushed, and therefore their time on the ball was cut down". I was talking to Joe Marler before the Springboks game and explaining just how wary the All Blacks are of playing at Twickenham.

"Sometimes players are deemed to have had a quiet game, but in reality they may not have had too many opportunities to show what they are good at", Foster added.

"They have a lot more subtleties to their game so we have to be ready for whichever game plan New Zealand come out with".

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"I was getting told some horror stories that you could be out for six months or something so I wasn't really sure what to expect". After all they had been average for much of the first half, struggling to control the ball and unable to lock the English out of their half as high bombs rained down on the back three.

New Zealand have beaten England 16-15 after recovering from 15-0 down in a thrilling battle at Twickenham, with Beauden Barrett kicking the crucial penalty before Sam Underhill's late score was ruled out for offside.

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