‘All Blacks were good – in patches’ : McCaw

All Black Captain Richie McCaw was relieved to have gotten the opening match behind them at the Rugby World Cup but had to admit that their performance could have been better.


The All Blacks started well and scored four tries in 31 minutes to earn a bonus point and a 29-3 half time lead but in the second half their momentum evaporated and they allowed Tonga to take control of the match.


“Perhaps in the second half we spent some time in their 22 and we didn’t manage to get much, so that’s something that we’re going to work on,” admitted McCaw after the opening Rugby World cup match.


“We talked about it at half-time: if you give an opportunity once, it’s easy to concede a try and get a bit loose.”


“I suppose that’s a little disappointing but again we created opportunities and for the most part it’s a good start.”


The All Blacks had been tipped by the book makers to beat Tonga by a margin of 61 points but when the final result was a 31 point victory for New Zealand.


“There was some good patches. I thought we brought the physicality,” All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw said.


“There’s some good bits there. It’s a start – that’s all we can look at it as.”


Replacement prop Alisona Taumalolo scored Tonga’s try in a second-half that will give his team some confidence in their remaining games in Pool A.


“The ABs started very well. Every time we made mistakes, they scored points,” Tonga captain Finau Maka said.


“The boys came out in the second half firing – I thought we defended well and showed that we can … score a try against the best team.


“In the World Cup, momentum is important. We take a lot of positives from this game.”

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