CAPTAIN CANE – WE SALUTE YOU

Sam Cane answered his critics and there were many including us, with an outstanding individual performance in leading the All Blacks to a resounding 53-3 win over Argentina in a one-sided Rugby Championship test in Hamilton last Saturday.

Sam Cane & Ian Foster - there will still be some discussion over summer about these two.

The All Black skipper’s form has not been great in recent matches, he needed to step up and geez did he do that with a combination of punishing defence, excellent link play with ball in hand and in his leadership as his team applied the physical heat up front and varied play beautifully in the backs.

This was All Blacks rugby we fans know and love, brutal dominance up from, astute kicking and not just kicking for the sake of it, and playing with a skill and confidence to have a crack from anywhere as illustrated by that brilliant length of the field effort finished by Jordie Barrett.

A starring performance from Rieko Ioane.

The result was also wonderful for under siege head coach Ian Foster who has presided over one of the All Blacks least successful eras. Extra special for Foster too that it was on his home ground, a ground he played 148 matches for Waikato on so he had every reason to smile afterwards.

It’s a testament to both coach Foster and captain Cane that throughout this very difficult and under performing period, they have both retained their dignity and humility, stared the challenges in the face and dealth with them. We all hope they can maintain that form they showed against Argentina into next Thursday week’s Bledisloe Cup opener in Melbourne against the Wallabies who have their own poor form issues to sort out.

They’ll have to do that without the All Blacks best forward, number eight Ardie Savea due to maternity leave and impressive blindside flanker Shannon Frizell who sustained a rib injury.

Sam Whitelock contested everything on Saturday.

Myself (John Alexander) and our regular very astute rugby analyst, former Marlborough Red Devils and King Country loose-forward Greg Brimble review the All Blacks latest performance and marvel at what a brilliant Rugby Championship this year’s is with all four teams very much in contention to win it.

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

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