Why is the New Zealand All Blacks so bad?
A few days ago, the New Zealander All Blacks won a test match against the USA at the Maracana stadium in Rome, which had been postponed because of snow.
And then the game was called off.
The All Blacks’ performance was not a surprise: they have been out-played and out-thought by their hosts for some time now.
But they have not had the same success in terms of preparation and preparation is a word we will be using often in this column.
So we will turn to some other stats to analyse the All Blacks and their performance in recent times.
A little bit about the All Black game vs the USA and their preparations: On February 27, 2016, the All Blokes beat Australia 4-0 in Melbourne to take a one-point lead over the All Whites.
The next day, the Australian side were in Melbourne for a two-day training camp, but there was no match.
That’s when the All Blues were informed of the cancellation and the All New Zealanders were informed on March 3.
On March 5, the Kiwis were in Wellington for a four-day camp and the players were back in the New England camp on March 6.
It was a bit like playing the All-Stars in a movie: all the action was in front of the cameras, but the players and coaches were not present.
But the New York Times reported on March 7 that All Blacks coach Steve Hansen had informed the All Red camp that the AllBlacks would be able to play at home against Australia, with the only changes being that the game would be played on February 27 and the training would take place on March 5.
This was all very convenient.
The New Zealand camp did not play against Australia until March 10.
The game was played at home.
The team, which was in the process of making a return to the All White camp, played a warm-up match against New Zealand in Wellington on March 13.
In that game, the team played very well, scored the winning try and the match was decided when All Blacks captain Richie McCaw was the winner with his first touch of the ball.
But it was a bad performance for the All Golds: they were out-worked and outplayed.
In fact, they had lost two of the three previous Tests the All Stars had played, so it was not the first time they had played the All Blue against New Zealands, but this was not going to be the last.
The Kiwis also played against the All Blitzers in Wellington and were beaten 4-1 in the second Test.
The second match was played in Auckland on March 20 and it was decided in the same way.
In the first Test, New Zealand lost to Australia 5-1 and had no chance in the series.
In Wellington, they lost to Argentina 4-2, with All Blacks teammate Richie McCallum being a stand-out player.
And in Auckland, the two sides played two more Tests.
The only difference was that in the Auckland game, there was more snow and the Kiwi team had to play on ice.
In this game, New Zealand were outplayed and the NZs were not even close.
But that was the only time New Zealand played Australia in Auckland in the last five years, as they were eliminated in the semi-finals of the tournament in 2010.
The result: Australia won the match 3-2.
In 2014, the Australians won the Test series against the Kiwins and were only beaten by a score of 16-16 in Wellington.
But in 2017, the result was different: Australia beat New Zealand 3-1.
In 2018, the game ended 3-0, which made it the most important match in New Zealands history.
In 2019, the match ended 3 of 4, which meant the All Green and All Blue teams had to start again from scratch in 2021.
In 2020, the first two matches were played on ice, but it was the final game that changed the way New Zealand went about playing.
They were outscored 3-5.
It seemed like a perfect situation: New Zealand could concentrate on playing the game, and the Australians could concentrate to beat the All All Blacks.
But things changed.
In 2021, the players returned to the Auckland camp, which started with an hour-long warm-ups against New England on March 16.
The players, who had been training at home, had to train on ice as they waited for the team to arrive.
In New Zealand, the only change was that the team did not train on frozen ice as it had done in 2018.
In contrast, in the USA, there were four sessions of practice on ice and the teams practiced for two hours on each day.
The USA started their training with two practice sessions on ice on March 21.
It turned out that New Zealand were on ice for two and a half hours, whereas the Americans were on frozen gel ice.