Brooke wants Scotland thumped as payback

Former All Black star Zinzan Brooke wants the All Blacks the thump Scotland by at least 40 points as “payback” for them fielding a weakened side against them at the World Cup.


The All Blacks have selected a vastly changed side to that which faced Australia on the weekend with Keven Mealamu standing in as captain even though they say it is not a weakened side.


Last year Scotland knew that they would not turn around a 103 year trend of losing to the All Blacks so they rested their top players in order to ensure that they were fresh to face Italy and then by beating them they were abel to come second in the Pool.


Brook says that Scotland will not be able to beat the All Blacks this weekend and says that the Scots won’t even come close.


“I want New Zealand to beat the hell out of Scotland,” Brooke wrote in his BBC column.


“People have questioned why the All Blacks are not playing their strongest side, but for me the Scots are getting a taste of their own medicine.


“I lost interest in Scottish rugby because of what they did at the World Cup last year. To field a second-string side in a pool match, like they did against New Zealand, was an absolute joke.


“They effectively conceded the game by resting their top team, and I don’t think it helped their cause or the All Blacks.


“New Zealand were under-done when it came to the knock-out stages because they didn’t have a decent hit-out in the group games, and ended up losing to France.


“But I think Scotland lost their way as well after that. OK, you could argue they achieved their goal by beating Italy and scraping into the last eight.


“But if they had been a bit more battle-hardened they could have knocked Argentina off and made it to the semifinals. They should have won that game.


“They had a whole week to prepare between games and it still annoys me thinking about what they did now. So for that reason I’d be quite happy for the All Blacks to kick their butts, frankly, as payback for the World Cup.


“Even if New Zealand don’t have their top team out, they should still be good enough to stick another 40 points on them.”

 

Rugbyweek.com

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