Greg Davis (50)
I bow to your superior understanding but how do we go 40-0 down without getting belted up front? Scrum was also under pressure when Bell came on and he struggled to hold his feet. Lineout did look OK.
Let's break that down:
SCRUM: Kiwis are talking up their scrum, but their only dominance was with Holloway off the park. Bell got outsmarted at his first couple of scrums, but corrected it and we had no real problems there.
LINEOUT: Our lineout was fine. The ABs didn't really mark up on Holloway and our hookers were accurate. We stole one and disrupted at least one other.
RUCK: Several times - particularly at restarts - we blew the Kiwis off the ball and they only got it back by the skin of their teeth. There were multiple instances where we put on significant pressure, and the only times we were really suffering on our own ball was where it was a couple of backs getting piled into by several forwards i.e. we made a poor decision for kick return. Most pleasingly there were very few turnovers where we were simply inaccurate or committed too few bodies to the breakdown. There were a few where we overcommitted.
Now you're just talking rubbish. Each of our halves have strengths and weaknesses and to single out a particular player there as The Answer (or The Problem) is facetious, to say the least.
I like Gordon and the bloke gives 100% but our play seems disjointed when he is at 9, or at least more so than when White (in particular) is on. White gives the attack a more recognisable structure. Not sure if that is good or bad but we seem to make more progress that way IMHO.
I cannot bare to watch a replay. My thoughts are based on watching it live and screaming at the box a lot. I may get to it at some point.