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New Zealand vs England 2nd Test Predictions & Tips - England to give All Blacks another scare

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Last updated: 10 Jul 2024
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  • All Blacks narrowly won 16-15 last week.
  • New Zealand playing at Eden Park, a fortress.
  • England likely to stay within 10 points.
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Tight contest expected at Eden Park (Getty Images)

New Zealand vs England Predictions


After last week’s one-point win, the All Blacks will want a more commanding performance. However, the English will be up for this one after suffering great disappointment in the first Test.
  • New Zealand vs England Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • New Zealand Form
  • New Zealand Injuries & Team News
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  • England Injuries & Team News

This week the game is however played at Eden Park, a fortress of the All Blacks. I don’t see England winning it, but I can see the game finishing with less than a 10-point margin.

  • New Zealand have failed to cover the -10 handicap in 8 of their last 9 matches against England.
  • New Zealand have won 33 of their 44 matches against England.
  • England have avoided defeat in 2 of their last 3 matches against New Zealand.
  • England have lost 14 of their 16 matches away to New Zealand.

Head to Head


New Zealand won the first test of this series 16-15 last week. The two previous encounters between these sides saw England win in 2019 and a draw in 2022.

New Zealand Form


New Zealand ended 2023 with a World Cup final defeat to South Africa, but it was a final not many expected them to reach given their early form in the tournament.

Regardless of the final results, the All Blacks did well to reach the final of the showpiece event. This year, under new coaching staff, was expected to be a year of rebuild, but they are always expected to get results.

Last weekend, the All Blacks showed plenty signs of rustiness against the English. Despite a bright start, New Zealand struggled to really create too much thereafter, allowing England to force their game onto them.

In the end, New Zealand managed a 16-15 win, narrowly avoiding defeat. This week could be just as tight if the All Blacks don’t take their chances and keep England in the game.

New Zealand Injuries & Team News


Scott Robertson will almost certainly tinker with his side a bit. It is still early in the season so he will want to test some combinations.

England Form


England were superb in the opening Test last weekend. While defeat will hurt because they easy could have won that game, something they don’t often do in New Zealand, they will still be proud of the effort.

The forwards more than held their own against the hosts, even dominating at stages. And it wasn’t boring old England, they played some good stuff in the 16-15 defeat.

Marcus Smith missed a crucial kick at goal in the first half which could have made a difference. In general, the flyhalf played well, but he will be under pressure this Saturday with his goal kicking.

England Injuries & Team News


England will likely be forced into a couple of changes if the injury news is to be relied upon. However, Steve Borthwick will likely want a couple fresh faces in there anyway.

Verdict

I am backing England to get within 10 points of New Zealand at Eden Park. This game should also have a few more points on offer.

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