Greenwood, Carter & more: Twitter reacts as All Blacks beat England
Will Greenwood and Dan Carter tweet their thoughts after New Zealand are 36-13 winners against England on Saturday
England suffered a 3-0 series whitewash defeat by New Zealand with a 36-19 loss in the third and final Test in Hamilton.
Julian Savea ran in for a hat-trick of tries, two in the opening 10 minutes and one at the death as the All Blacks refused to boot the ball into touch.
Scrum-half Aaron Smith also helped himself to two tries as the world champions blitzed Stuart Lancaster’s men with an outstanding first-half display as they cruised to a record-equalling 17 successive Test wins.
England rallied in the second half with an early try from Harlequins winger Marland Yarde, but New Zealand were able to shut down England’s attack and it has to be back to the drawing board for the England coaches.
Their next opponents in November: New Zealand at Twickenham.
Here are the best tweets from the players past and present in chronological order.
Former Leicester Tigers, Harlequins and England centre (@WillGreenwood) gives an early verdict on New Zealand’s try-scoring machine: “Savea is sheer class.. What a pick up and score… Handful of people on planet can score that…”
Former England rugby league star Martin Offiah (@martinoffiah) paints a perfect picture of the start in Hamilton: “The big number 11 for NZ is carving us up like a roast dinner.”
Harlequins scrum-half Karl Dickson (@kdickson9) isn’t impressed with England’s defence: “England getting torn too pieces. Defence is poor. Savea world class.”
Greenwood’s first-quarter summary is equally damning: “Having a shocker in Hamilton… @EnglandRugby error after error after error…”
Gloucester player-coach Mike Tindall (@miketindall13) is frustrated by what he sees as England miss 34 tackles in the match: “We can’t miss this many tackles and expect to win.”
Former Harlequins and England centre Will Carling (@willcarling) offers some advice: “Deep breath for England. Need to focus on basics, slow game down. Put some phases together, ball in hand…. Slowly build some confidence”
Western Force scrum-half and former All Black Alby Mathewson (@AlbyMathewson) gives an insight into New Zealand’s superiority: “Nothing fancy, just simple hands. #fundamentals #NZLvENG”
Former Bath and England tighthead prop turned coach Duncan Bell (@duncanbell3) offers some much-needed coaching advice: “England are clearly great athletes but the rugby ability of the Kiwis is phenomenol. England need to learn how to catch & pass 1st #NZvENG”
Toulon winger and former Australia international Drew Mitchell (@drew_mitchell) adds some banter before half-time: “Fair to say @AllBlacks are in the box seat in the cricket test against England in Hamilton..”
Will Carling finds some hope from the restart: “Now that is how u start the 2nd half. Here’s hoping they keep this intensity up. Would be tragic to let work from 1st 2 Teats go to waste”
New Zealand-born former Ospreys and Wales centre Sonny Parker (@sonnytoiparker) thinks the All Blacks eased off in the second half: “The @AllBlacks cruise around and then put it into another gear that no one can keep up with. #slapintheface”
Coach Tindall has more to say on England’s failings: “England have to develop on finishing things off, they create opportunities but at test level you have to be clinical”
All Blacks star Dan Carter (@DanCarter)—who should be back for their next game in August—is pleased with the result: “Loved watching the @AllBlacks brothers playing well & scoring try’s tonight #allblackeverything”
Former London Wasps and England scrum-half Matt Dawson (@matt9dawson) seems confident England can bounce back: “Some work to do for England but nothing a good rest and reflection won’t sort. Well done lads! @EnglandRugby”