Following back-to-back losses, the All Blacks have responded to criticism in a big way by beating Los Pumas 38-0 in Newcastle on Saturday night.
In their first meeting since their shock loss to the Pumas two weeks ago, the All Blacks appeared on top from the get-go, eventually crossing for the opening score through Dane Coles 13 minutes in. But other than that, they weren’t able to take complete advantage of having 74% of possession, leading by just 10-points to nil at the break.
The All Blacks came out of the sheds for the second-half showing plenty of intent though, with Number Eight Ardie Savea coming within mere metres of scoring on two occasions, before he finally crossed with his third attempted 12 minutes into the half.
But 17-0 was how the scores remained until up-and-comer Will Jordan was subbed on with just under 15 minutes to play. In just his second test appearance, the 22-year-old scored two runaway tries in three minutes.
? 15 minutes
? 2 tries
? 125 run metres
?? 3 clean breaks
— SuperSport ? (@SuperSportTV) November 28, 2020
He finished the night with the most metres run of any player with 125 from four carries, in a performance which well and truly turned heads on social media. Jordan had already made a name for himself in New Zealand, having starred for Tasman in last year’s Mitre 10 Cup, for the Crusaders in Super Rugby Aotearoa this year, and he came off the bench to score the winning try in the North vs South clash in August.
One fan on Twitter said that Jordan is set to be a “superstar” on the test rugby scene while another described him as “the Artful Dodger” following his cameo off the bench.
Things learnt this morning:
1. Will Jordan is going to be a superstar in international rugby.
— Rob Shotton (@Rob15Shotton) November 28, 2020
— Adam Logan (@adamlogan93) November 28, 2020
— Jon Cardinelli (@jon_cardinelli) November 28, 2020
— RJ (@exterminate67) November 28, 2020
Imagine the score had Will Jordan been on all game ?? #NZLvARG
— Nat (@natmorrisnz) November 28, 2020
Will Jordan has done it all year. Knows his way to the try line. #NZLvARG
— Anthony Momoemausu (@AnthonyUsu1) November 28, 2020
Will Jordan is the try machine always in the right place at the right time. class act. The spark, the X-factor I felt missing. #NZLvARG
— Eric (@er_icc) November 28, 2020
— Jack Hodge (@JHodge1203) November 28, 2020
Caleb Clarke demolishes so Will Jordan can stroll. #TriNations2020
— Phumlani Pikoli (@scoutgumbee) November 28, 2020
Will Jordan is try machine always in the right place at the right time you can’t teach that class act #NZLvARG
— jordan saunders (@saundersrhys180) November 28, 2020
— M RAVEL (@MMayurravel) November 28, 2020
Must be soul destroying having worn yourself out defending Caleb Clarke all game to see Will Jordan come on ?
— Sam (@sami_sp) November 28, 2020
Saturday’s test also goes to show just how much pressure and scrutiny is put on All Blacks’ every week, with many fans calling for Jordan to replace another exciting prospect in Caleb Clarke.
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) November 28, 2020
Clarke was compared to the late Jonah Lomu for his performance in Bledisloe II in Auckland where he ran riot before receiving a standing ovation from the crowd when he was replaced in the 68th minute.
On Saturday, the 21-year-old once again stood out for his rampaging runs, finishing with 84 run metres from a game-high 13 carries, but it still wasn’t enough to steer clear of criticism.
Will Jordan > every other person at wing or fullback #NZLvARG
— Hated By Jealousy (@Jack_Atchinson) November 28, 2020
— Rumple Spilskind (@justus_beets) November 28, 2020
Ten minutes of Will Jordan has eclipsed a whole tournament of Caleb Clarke….. #NZLvARG
— Cornflake (@CornflakeBTP) November 28, 2020
How does Caleb Clarke get in this all blacks team over Will Jordan? Absolutely no idea! #NZLvARG
— JeddOwen (@JeddOwen) November 28, 2020
But Jordan will have to wait until next year to cement his spot in the black jersey, with the win being the All Blacks’ last test match of the year.
Now sitting five competition points clear at the top of the Tri Nations standings though, they’ve all but secured the title as they prepare to head back to New Zealand to begin two weeks of quarantine. The Pumas would need to beat the Wallabies by 93 points while the tournament’s hosts would have to win by 101 when they face in the competitions final round in Sydney next weekend.
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