Demonstrating improved intent in the tackle, breakdown and support, the All Blacks over-rode the surprise element Fiji enjoyed in the first Steinlager Series Test to take the second Test 60-13 in Hamilton.
Avoiding falling into the trap of concentrating only on improving outcomes at the breakdown would be important for the All Blacks in their second Steinlager Series Test against Fiji, in Hamilton, on Saturday.
Rising No8 Luke Jacobson is relishing the chance to work with fellow loose forwards Ardie Savea and Akira Ioane as the All Blacks look to up their efforts at the breakdown in the second Steinlager Series Test against Fiji in Hamilton on Saturday.
Returning All Blacks centre Anton Lienert-Brown and flanker Ardie Savea will have extra incentive to perform in the second Steinlager Series Test against Fiji as both will be playing their 50th Test match.
The Springboks are back. After nearly 20 months without Test match rugby, South Africa A, a thinly-disguised Springbok team, gave the British & Irish Lions a wake-up call ahead of their Test series when beating them 17-13 on Wednesday in Cape Town.
French referee Romain Poite's series-deciding decision to reverse a call for a penalty in the dying moments of the third All Blacks-British & Irish Lions Test at Eden Park in 2017 has been described by an experienced British rugby writer as 'inexplicable now as it was then.'