All Blacks: Jane cashes in on pack dominance

By Patrick McKendry of APNZ in Buenos Aires

Cory Jane of the All Blacks dives over for a late try during the Rugby Championship match between Argentina and the New Zealand. Photo / Getty Images.
Cory Jane of the All Blacks dives over for a late try during the Rugby Championship match between Argentina and the New Zealand. Photo / Getty Images.

Cory Jane was the main beneficiary of the All Blacks forwards' impressive effort at Ciudad de La Plata stadium today.

Jane crossed the line three times, with Julian Savea, the other All Black wing, scoring a double as the New Zealanders ran amok in one of their best performances of the year.

"We talked all week about how we needed to start well, to try to take the crowd out of it. Obviously it wasn't a good start and you could hear them screaming and yelling but we just needed to stick to our game plan and not let it happen again," Jane said. "We started to do that, we started to turn it around and getting some points. We took the crowd out of the equation. They were playing a fast-paced game so the boys are a bit tired but we knew we needed to keep the tempo up and hope that things would go our way."

The Argentines were keen to play with pace and that suited the All Blacks, regarded as one of the fittest rugby teams in the world.

They scored an excellent try through halfback Martin Landajo after nine minutes thanks to a good break by fullback Lucas Gonazalez Amorosino but the All Blacks turned on the pace and the power in collecting seven tries.

Jane scored his first when finishing off a break by No8 Kieran Read, his second thanks to a run and offload in contact by Savea and his third in the last minute when intercepting and running in from 50m.

"We talked about being simple all week. Forwards and backs running the right lines, getting over the gain line. I think our strikes were good, getting over the gain line for a good cleanout, but they had a big step up from previous weeks," he said of the forwards.

Of Savea, he said: "He's playing well. When he gets the ball in his hands and goes into contact he's a big fella, he makes a lot of gains, a bit more than me in contact, but he always tells me that he's made a little big of a break here or scored a try there and he puts pressure on the old fella so to go out there and score one more than him, I guess I can get into him this week."

Savea, who was playing his fourth test, showed good composure to twice kick the ball ahead in scoring his first try. His second was to finish an All Blacks move which swept across the field.

All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster said Savea was progressing nicely.

"He'll be very pleased with that but he was in a unit that played well and got a lot of front-foot ball," Foster said. "He continues to make strides, he can get better, but it's nice to see him get over the line."

* Patrick McKendry flew to Argentina courtesy of LAN Airlines (www.lan.com).

- APNZ

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