READER REPORT:

We wrote England off at our peril

NOEL BURLAND
Last updated 14:00 09/06/2014
Conrad Smith
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CLOSE ONE: All Blacks star Conrad Smith saves his side a few blushes after scoring late against England.

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Following on from that intense, but scrappy first test match, I think it is fair to say that some in the media made the mistake of completely writing this English side off and not giving them enough respect.

In 2011, in the week before the World Cup final, the French were completely written off and there were even sports journalists claiming they should just engrave New Zealand on the Cup and not bother playing the final.

Apparently the French hung these articles up in their changing room and used them as motivation.

They nearly did pull off a great victory against the odds that night.

This kind of attitude puts us in a bad light with fans from other nations as it does come across as arrogant. I hope that the journalists who wrote off the English learn from their mistake and don't write off another team like that again.

The match itself was a scrappy affair blighted by too many mistakes from both sides. In the end a brave decision to go for a tap kick rather than a shot at goal proved the difference as the All Blacks managed to get Conrad Smith over in the corner to decide it.


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