James Mortimer 13.Nov.2012getty
Many will agree it was a patchy All Blacks performance, one where they hit ominous form for periods, but were able to be put under pressure by a physical Scottish side early.
Manager Luigi Troiani praised the way the number one ranked nation in world moved the ball, but said that his team would need to take a couple of significant steps up against the All Blacks.
Troiani felt that Scotland actually played a good game and didn’t deserve to suffer conceding over 50 points at home, but said that the All Blacks had the ability to punish every little mistake of their opponents, saying that they played at the highest level while moving the ball exquisitely.
Video analyst David Fonzi added that the All Blacks played at an overall low intensity, but said that when they lifted their game like they did for moments in Scotland, no team in rugby was more dangerous.
Fonzi said that ability to lift was what made the All Blacks number one.
Fonzi also felt for that over half an hour the Scots were able to hold the All Blacks until they raised the intensity, and said that the way the World Champions lifted often contributed to opposition sides creating their own demise.
Troiani, Fonzi and coach Jacques Brunel have demanded more from their troops, but in anticipation of a ferocious encounter with the All Blacks, has scheduled Wednesday to be a full day off for the side before naming his match day 22 to take on the World Champions.