ALL BLACKED OUT AT EDEN PARK

Who would have thought four weeks ago ..

The All Blacks and Black Ferns both turned on scintillating exhibitions of rugby at Eden Park in Auckland last Saturday, leaving their opponents shell-shocked.

The All Blacks emphatic 40-12 win over the Wallabies clinched them the Rugby Championship to go along with retaining the Bledisloe Cup, while the Black Ferns women’s team turned on a 15-try blitz led by superstar winger Portia Woodman to beat Japan 95-12.

Woodman Gets Seven ..

Using a combination of power, pace and rugby smarts, Woodman ran in an incredible seven tries and the team’s over-all performance showed what huge improvements they have made since Wayne Smith took over as head coach assisted by Whitney Hansen and Wesley Clarke.

Meanwhile the All Blacks also look to have found their rhythm too after changes made to their coaching ranks, Jason Ryan coming in as forwards coach and Joe Schmidt schooling the team on attack and no doubt both also having an influence in team selection.

It was no coincidence to see improvement with these two on board

The All Blacks will find out for sure how much they have improved when they undertake their Japan and Northern Hemisphere tour in November. The tour begins against Japan on October 29, followed by Wales on November 6, Scotland November 14 and England on November 19.

CRUCIAL COMPONENTS - Jason Ryan & Sam Whitelock

The Black Ferns kick off their much anticipated World Cup campaign at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday October 8 against Australia with organisers hoping to sell Eden Park out for that one.

The women’s tournament runs from October 8 until November 12 in New Zealand.

Our regular rugby analyst, former Marlborough Red Devils and King Country loose-forward Greg Brimble joins us on absolutelyfamous to discuss with myself, John Alexander, how we saw last weekend’s thrilling rugby action.

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Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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