Liam Williams 2019 Rugby World Cup: Liam Napier – The six unanswered questions from All Blacks’ semifinal defeat to England

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There’s still one more dig for the All Blacks at this World Cup – the game no one really cares for – but you may not be ready to move on from the semifinal defeat just yet. Here we tackle a few lingering questions from the crushing Cup exit at the hands of Eddie Jones’ England.

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Defensively the All Blacks allowed England to dominate.

One of their main failings, particularly in the first half, was not getting set quick enough or coming off the line fast enough.

England’s big ball carriers had to be confronted head-on.

Instead, the All Blacks sat back on their heels and allowed England to come at them with pace.

This lack of line speed allowed England to build momentum, build consistent go forward and gain fast ruck ball.

The poor start snowballed from there.

Back-to-back lineout errors stunted that platform. England then smothered the All Blacks maul and breakdown.

On attack, the All Blacks were too predictable.

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Too often they threw passes deep behind two forwards who unsuccessfully tried to block inside defenders.

The All Blacks also had few support players to offload to, and too few cleaners winning the races against English defenders, which left them vulnerable to turnovers.

Tactically the All Blacks didn’t adjust.

Their playmakers couldn’t get around the midfield rush, couldn’t identify space with their kicking game, and even when they did make breaks like Brodie Retallick’s after inside offloads from Richie Mo’unga and Scott Barrett, they failed to execute by holding onto t

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