Coles buzzing about ABs debut
Paraparaumu's Dane Coles ''loved every minute'' of his All Blacks debut, against Scotland in the opening match of the European Tour.
The All Blacks defeated Scotland 51-22 in the match at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Monday morning New Zealand time, with Coles replacing Andrew Hore for the final 19 minutes.
First five-eighth Dan Carter set up three tries during a man-of-the-match performance, with Julian Savea (2), Israel Dagg, Ben Smith, Cory Jane and Hore all scoring tries.
By the time Coles took the field the All Blacks led 37-22, and his first task was a line-out throw.
Shortly after he raked a scrum fed by fellow debutant Tawera Kerr-Barlow.
From the scrum Carter sent a cross field kick to Savea, who ran in his second try of the match.
Coles was again involved in the build up to the All Blacks final try, making a trademark run up the middle, before Carter set up Smith for his try.
''Mate, I was just buzzing out there, honestly, it went so quick,'' Coles said.
''I remember getting on, having a lineout and then the whistle being blown.
It was good to get on and have a little bit of time. I'm very happy and it's a proud moment. I loved every minute of it.''
The All Blacks move on to Rome this week for their next tour match against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico (Sunday morning), before games against Wales at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff next weekend, and England at Twickenham, London on December 2.
In Black: Dane Coles runs with the ball against Scotland in his All Blacks debut at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. Photo: Reuters
- Kapiti Observer