Richard Loe is a former All Black and current columnist for the New Zealand Herald

Richard Loe: Mistakes mar messy ABs win

Andrew Hore struggled to assert himself. Photo / Getty Images
Andrew Hore struggled to assert himself. Photo / Getty Images

It was a solid display last night but the option taking - across the whole team - wasn't up to scratch. The All Blacks started with great endeavour but bad decisions in possession hampered them throughout the match. I don't think Steve Hansen and his coaching team will be happy with that aspect; there was a lot of room to exploit, especially in behind the Pumas but no one seemed to have the vision to exploit it. Instead we were forced into mistakes.

Argentina were impressive, especially given the recent travel schedule they have faced.

If Richie McCaw is out next week I don't think Sam Cane is the answer. It might sound harsh - and I know we compare all opensides to Richie McCaw which is a tough mark - but there is not one part of Cane's game that he manages to stamp his authority on a match. Liam Messam or Tanerau Latimer offer more vigour and would be better options in the seven jersey. On occasions this season even Dave Rennie has preferred Latimer over Cane.

Both Andrew Hore and Dane Coles struggled to assert themselves while the props were obviously still adapting to the new scrum laws. The locks and loose forwards were very good in trying conditions.

- Herald on Sunday

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Richard Loe is a former All Black and current columnist for the New Zealand Herald

Richard Wyllie Loe was a renowned All Black forward prop who plied his trade for the New Zealand national team between 1987 and 1995. Loe was well known by fans and team mates alike as an ‘enforcer’ on the pitch, a player who balanced his abilities with the ball with a tough-tackling prowess and a penchant for physicality. During an outstanding career Richard Loe represented his country of birth in no less than three World Cups, assisting the All Blacks to a famous victory in 1987. Along with fellow team mate and captain Sean Fitzpatrick, Loe formed one of the most formidable forward lines ever to lead the All Blacks. Despite his sometimes overly physical dominance on the pitch, Loe is regarded by former team mates as being an exceptional character and professional. Following retirement from rugby Loe became a sport columnist for the New Zealand Herald, a position he still holds today.

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