If the All Blacks are to be stopped at the RWC, sides are going to have to play 80-minute rugby.
There is no doubting that in the last season or two; the All Blacks have come out of the gates slow and haven’t kicked into gear until just before halftime.
Richie McCaw and his men seem to always score in that last ten-minute period, and the result it has on the opposition is so staggering.
Usually it is a mistake from the opposition that leads to the All Blacks cashing in, that isn’t to say the skill of the defending champions doesn’t warrant these tries, but in many cases, sides who play the All Blacks are simply switching off.
Teams get their noses in front of the All Blacks, only to have the wind taken out of their sales just before halftime.
Recent results have suggested that the All Blacks can be beaten at the RWC, but sides have to capitalise on the slow starts if they continue. Punishing with penalties won’t be enough, tries must be scored, and sides need to put in a full 80-minute performance.
The All Blacks will always be a better side in terms of execution in the second half; it is up to their opposition to punish any mistakes.
TJ Perenara admitted that he himself is a slow starter and isn’t satisfied with his performance early in a match, the halfback saying he tries to do too much early on.
The All Blacks kick off their World Cup campaign next Sunday against Argentina.