England v New Zealand Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - All Blacks to stamp class

James Wells 7 Nov 2018
All Blacks

Finally, after four years, England and the All Blacks once again collide with the cross-hemisphere giants looking to make a statement before the World Cup next year.

These two nations have not played each other since 2014, a year that proved difficult for England. A three game series in New Zealand resulted in three losses, followed up by a fourth when the All Blacks visited them later in the year. 

Since then, we've seen both sides chew off historic 18 game unbeaten streaks that had many begging for the two to clash. But the luster has since worn off England, with a six game losing streak in 2018 having many questioning their credentials. 

Regardless, Twickenham remains a venue where the cliches will always flow that it's a tough place to play, and it is undoubtedly a special place perhaps even intimidating for some. Unfortunately for England, this All Blacks side, supremely confident in their own ability, does not get intimidated. 

One of the greatest achievements of the All Blacks in the last decade has been their consistency. The way they continually perform, despite the seemingly endless wins they never let up. This stems from a culture of always pushing for new achievements, new records, new reasons to push themselves. For many of this squad, it will be their first trip to Twickenham, their first game against England, and that alone is huge motivation.  

England's inability to score a try last week against South Africa is particularly encouraging from a New Zealand perspective. Scoring in threes is a quick recipe to falling behind on the scoreboard against an All Blacks attack that hasn't scored fewer than 12 points since the 2011 Rugby World Cup final. 

Only once this year have the All Blacks scored less than 30 points, a 26-13 win over France where they still scored four tries. England, on the other hand, have scored over 30 points just three times in 2018 in 10 contests. One of these came against the Barbarians where they let 63 in the other way, and one against Italy. 

The All Blacks are averaging just a shade under 42 points a game throughout the 2018 calendar. This includes a three match series against France, who England managed just 16 points against this year, and two games against South Africa who has restricted England to 12 points twice in four contests in 2018. 

People have criticised the ability of these teams the All Blacks have been scorching in an attempt to undermine their performances, but nobody else is scorching them the way the All Blacks do. 

With the way the All Blacks score 14 points can happen in a matter of minutes and that means a 13.5 handicap is the value. Don't expect a 30 or 40 point drubbing, but the line isn't as big as it sounds for a team that scores tries with such ease and such regularity. 

The All Blacks have been crushing lines throughout the year, many much bigger than this and it's hard to see England being able to contain them, or keep up with them, enough to not cover here.

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