Sam Keane put in a great performance during New Zealand’s win over Ireland (28-24). The All Blacks captain, in astonishing form, led by example with his 22 tackles. After difficult years due to injuries, the third row silences the criticism directed at it.
Sam Cane, a true All Blacks haircutter, has made his mark. The captain gave an outstanding performance against Ireland (28-24), and finished the match as the best striker with 22 tackles. The third wing line noticeably muzzled Bondi Aki, a mainstay of the Irish game. He silenced the criticism directed at him, as he went through difficult periods after repeated injuries. The New Zealander was expected at the turn after missing the opening match against XV of France.
We expected the physical challenge and what he could provide as a leader, and we were not disappointed! In the third period, our reporters decode the Chiefs’ astonishing performance. They highlighted the impact Sam Keane has had in the New Zealand squad. Often compared to Richie McCaw, he was able to stand out and show his importance in the black group. New Zealand are now the new favorites for the world champion title. Kane has been lined up alongside Savea and the Barrett brothers to face Argentina, and why not hope for a fourth world title.