New Zealand v England: All Blacks will be better, warns Kaino
New Zealand v England: Jerome Kaino is expects the All Blacks to be much better in second Test in Dunedin
Jerome Kaino has warned England to expect an improvement from the All Blacks in the pivotal second Test in Dunedin on Saturday.
Steve Hansen’s side were out of sorts for much of the first clash of the three-Test series at Eden Park—their first international of 2014.
The All Blacks needed some quick thinking from outside-half Aaron Cruden to lay the foundations for a 78th-minute Conrad Smith try to give the world champions a 20-15 win over Stuart Lancaster’s team missing several star names.
And Blues number 8 Kaino, who made a return to Test rugby on home soil in place of the injured Kieran Read for his first match since the 2011 World Cup final, has admitted his colleagues will be harsh on themselves as they analyse the game and prepare for the next encounter.
“It was a good welcome back to Test rugby,” Kaino told RFU TV. “Throughout the whole 80 minutes there were some good shots going in and I found myself at the bottom of the ruck thinking ‘yep, this is Test footie’.
“I always knew England were physical. Their forwards are big boys, if you give them space and you let them go forwards they are hard to stop. Their backs did well to counter too and we lacked basics in our handling, so there are a lot of work-ons.
“Expect a better performance from us next week. We’re building and we’ll be pretty critical about what we did out there.”
But the World Cup winner, who could find himself on the bench if Read is fit to return, also expects England to improve with Lancaster set to deploy his big guns from Premiership finalists Saracens and Northampton Saints, and may even deploy Leicester Tigers’ destructive centre Manu Tuilagi on the wing.
“I think England will be better next week,” he added. “Those star players that were watching would have some ideas on how they’re going to attack us next week and I think they’ll take a lot of confidence out of what they did and they’ll be thinking they can build on it.
“They’ll be better and our job is to get better ourselves.”