All Blacks make final statement before World Cup

Tri-Nations

The All Blacks secured the Tri-Nations title and the Bledisloe cup at the weekend making an emphatic statement about the credibility of their World Cup challenge.

In previous games they had looked vulnerable faced with stern defence, Dan Carter no longer appeared to be the faultless goal-kicker and there were concerns that New Zealand’s attacking style was not the way to win a World Cup.

All such fears have been allayed by their performance against Australia, where the front-five dominated the game, grinding out a determined win and Dan Carter was his usual metronomic self.

Their victory sends a warning shot to all those that had begun to suspect that they were going to fall short once again, and the All Blacks have convincingly restored their position as overwhelming favourites for the World Cup in September.