New Zealand desperate to avoid second World Cup heartbreak at hands of England

Mirror Online Sports 3 weeks ago

New Zealand have taken steps to try to ensure they don’t blow a second World Cup against England by cracking at the death.

Three months after the Kiwis lost cricket’s biggest prize in a Super Over they could face a sudden death ‘kick off’ against Eddie Jones’ men to stay alive in rugby’s greatest show.

Rules dictate that if the two countries cannot be separated after 80 minutes, there will be extra-time, sudden death and then a kicking competition.

Each team would have to nominate five kickers, from those still on the field, each of whom would have one shot each to kick a goal from one of three spots. If the scores were still level after five kicks it would then go to sudden death.

 
Chris Woakes consoles Martin Guptill following Super-Over after England beat New Zealand by the tiniest of margins

All Blacks star Sam Whitelock admitted that his country were stung by the manner of the cricket loss and said they would do everything humanly possible to avoid a repeat.

“We weren’t the happiest with the cricket result,” he said of the Lord’s shootout, which saw both sides hit 15 in the extra-time over but England win due to having scored more boundaries in the match.

“Although we don’t have to bowl a Super Over or anything like that, we’ll make sure throughout the whole week that we know all the different processes, protocols and rules of what potentially can happen if it’s a draw.”

 
Steve Hansen with his All Blacks team

Team boss Steve Hansen said he did not expect Saturday’s World Cup semi-final at Yokohama Stadium to be decided by a kicking competition. But they would be taking no chances.

“Have we prepared for that? We know those are the rules,” he said. “So, yes. You’d be foolish if you hadn’t prepared for it.

“I would be highly surprised if after 80 minutes then 10 minutes each way, then sudden death extra time, by which time they’ll be bugger all people standing, that someone hasn’t scored some points.

“But funnier things have happened, eh? I don’t know if they got the cricket one right really.”

 
Martyn Williams (centre) missed decisive penalty for Cardiff against Leicester in 2009 European Cup semi-final

The last time such a sudden-death option was used to decide a major semi-final was in the 2009 Heineken Cup when Leicester and Cardiff ended tied 26-26.

Jordan Crane landed the sudden-death winner for Tigers after Martyn Williams had missed for the Welsh outfit.

Hansen admitted both teams would be under huge pressure on Saturday whether or not extra measures are required to find a winner.

“Playing in a semi-final of a Rugby World Cup, there is definitely going to be pressure - on both sides,” he said. “The key thing is how you manage it.

“You crack that nut and you give yourself the opportunity to play well. If you don’t crack it you know you can go inwardly and get tight and miss the opportunities that are going to be there.”

Beauden Barrett celebrates his try against Ireland

Steve Hansen has dismissed talk of a rivalry between England and New Zealand - as they hardly ever play each other.

The All Blacks boss declared South Africa to be the country that get Kiwi pulses racing “because of all the history that comes with it and the nature of the fact we play each other so regularly”.

Asked where England fit into the scheme of things he pointed out that one meeting since 2014 simply does not qualify them to be called rivals.

Sam Underhill's try was controversially chalked off when England last played New Zealand, costing Eddie Jones' men victory

“It’s hard to build a rivalry when we don’t play each other,” he said. “We’ve played England once in the last six years.

“If we could get the Six Nations to come on board with a global season we’d be able to do that but…

“Once they do then they’re starting to think about the game rather than themselves. There’s a headline for you.”

Underhill was tackled too late by Barrett but Courtney Lawes was ruled to have stepped offside

Hansen is a vociferous critic of European rugby’s refusal to work towards creating a global season and is on record blaming it for the plight of the Pacific Island game.

Earlier this year the Six Nations voted down a proposed Nations Championship, which would have brought the leading northern and southern hemisphere countries together in a round-robin style format,

European rugby bosses were accused of self-interest, too protective of the commercial status quo and wary of the ramifications of promotion-relegation.


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