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NZ can be beaten - Barritt

2012-11-28 10:14

London - England centre Brad Barritt insisted his side can do what no side has done in more than a year and defeat New Zealand when they meet the world champions at Twickenham on Saturday.

The All Blacks, who have not lost a European autumn series international in a decade, arrive at 'headquarters' on a 20-match unbeaten run dating back to August 2011.

England, who last defeated New Zealand in 2003, shortly before winning the Rugby World Cup, by contrast have lost their two most recent matches, going down 16-15 to South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday following a 20-14 loss to Australia earlier this month.

There is no beating about the bush, they are the best team in the world - but no team is invincible," Saracens centre Barritt said of the All Blacks.

"We don't put any player on a pedestal. We won't go in there thinking they are Gods on a rugby field," the 26-year-old, South Africa-born, back added.

"There's a huge amount of belief in our team. There is something special about each person.

"In order to be here you're a natural born winner and you'll do anything to get to that position to win."

Barritt, capped 10 times by his adopted country, added: "We're against an opponent that's been unbeaten over the past two years but this is a huge opportunity for us.

"At the end of the day they're just humans with two legs and two arms, albeit performing to the optimum level.

"We need to raise our game and really impose what we can on them and not give them any status that's going to help them," insisted Barritt, who will be looking to prove he and Manu Tuilagi can be an effective attacking midfield pairing, with the duo criticised for a lack of creative flair in recent Tests.

The All Blacks have swept all before them while in Europe this tour, defeating Scotland (51-22), Italy (42-10) and Wales (33-10).

"They're undoubtedly the best attacking team at the moment," said Barritt, England's defence captain.

"We take huge pride in what we do on defence. I think Scotland and Wales hung off them and allow them their moves.

"We have a different philosophy - getting off the line and putting pressure on teams.

"You have to do everything as clinically as you can, all the time. There's no reason why we can't pull off an upset."

AFP

Comments
  • chris.gill.9849 - 2012-11-28 10:30

    JP Pietersen must have knocked the sense right out of you last Saturday.

      ronald.utenhage - 2012-11-28 11:00

      So true :) And yes Barritt, they can be beaten, by a quality South African rugby team. Not wilted Roses

      TravieGrif - 2012-11-28 15:20

      Brad, you're a great guy and a good rugby player, but how many fingers am I holding up!!!!!!!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-28 23:36

      Ronald, and we have a quality South African rugby team. It is just so sad we don't have a quality coach of international standard to get the best out of them.

      Lehain Lox Arends - 2013-09-11 09:30

      1/12/2012 ENGLAND (12) 38 NEW ZEALAND (0) 21 England pulled off one of the great victories in their history as they destroyed world champions New Zealand at a rejoicing Twickenham. The All Blacks had been unbeaten in 20 matches but were completely outplayed as second-half tries from Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi snuffed out a brief comeback.

  • fef.gericke - 2012-11-28 10:38

    with a stick...in their sleep.

      Lehain Lox Arends - 2013-09-11 09:29

      1/12/2012 ENGLAND (12) 38 NEW ZEALAND (0) 21 England pulled off one of the great victories in their history as they destroyed world champions New Zealand at a rejoicing Twickenham. The All Blacks had been unbeaten in 20 matches but were completely outplayed as second-half tries from Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi snuffed out a brief comeback.

  • etienne.gerber2 - 2012-11-28 10:40

    Yes, NZ can be beaten... But not by England.

      Lehain Lox Arends - 2013-09-11 09:27

      1/12/2012 ENGLAND (12) 38 NEW ZEALAND (0) 21 England pulled off one of the great victories in their history as they destroyed world champions New Zealand at a rejoicing Twickenham. The All Blacks had been unbeaten in 20 matches but were completely outplayed as second-half tries from Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi snuffed out a brief comeback.

  • trokkie.datsun - 2012-11-28 10:48

    yes maybe one day......not soon though

      Lehain Lox Arends - 2013-09-11 09:26

      1/12/2012 ENGLAND (12) 38 NEW ZEALAND (0) 21 England pulled off one of the great victories in their history as they destroyed world champions New Zealand at a rejoicing Twickenham. The All Blacks had been unbeaten in 20 matches but were completely outplayed as second-half tries from Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi snuffed out a brief comeback.

  • ettiene.esterhuizen.7 - 2012-11-28 10:53

    Man these pommies always do the talking before the games and then on match day they get thumped!!!!!!

      Lehain Lox Arends - 2013-09-11 09:26

      1/12/2012 ENGLAND (12) 38 NEW ZEALAND (0) 21 England pulled off one of the great victories in their history as they destroyed world champions New Zealand at a rejoicing Twickenham. The All Blacks had been unbeaten in 20 matches but were completely outplayed as second-half tries from Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi snuffed out a brief comeback.

  • pat.cam.167 - 2012-11-28 11:01

    The All Blacks, have not lost a European autumn series international in a decade!!!! haha try top that springsucks!!!!!!

      paul.sdoow - 2012-11-28 12:34

      so what was the time period between your two world cups? cause it gonna take you guys another two decades to get another so don't laugh just yet jnz.

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-11-28 13:54

      well said Paul, fat pam go troll somewhere else girl pants

      Caleb - 2012-11-29 04:06

      haha Paul and Dono, you two should just worry about your team not coming last in the RC this coming season, still 3rd place this year is not bad, if only it wasnt out of 4 teams. Chumps

      Lehain Lox Arends - 2013-09-11 09:24

      1/12/2012 ENGLAND (12) 38 NEW ZEALAND (0) 21 England pulled off one of the great victories in their history as they destroyed world champions New Zealand at a rejoicing Twickenham. The All Blacks had been unbeaten in 20 matches but were completely outplayed as second-half tries from Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi snuffed out a brief comeback.

  • allhaleto.theale - 2012-11-28 11:13

    Seems HQ needs to be relocated.

  • Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-28 11:15

    But it won't be by the poms ! Go The All Blacks !!!

      Lehain Lox Arends - 2013-09-11 09:23

      1/12/2012 ENGLAND (12) 38 NEW ZEALAND (0) 21 England pulled off one of the great victories in their history as they destroyed world champions New Zealand at a rejoicing Twickenham. The All Blacks had been unbeaten in 20 matches but were completely outplayed as second-half tries from Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi snuffed out a brief comeback.

  • riaan.crouse1 - 2012-11-28 12:07

    I for 1 would like to see that happen but dont think the pomies will be up for it all blacks is and will be to strong.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-28 23:38

      Riaan, I have to disagree with you. I'd support any team that plays against England. And when Australia plays against them, I hope for a draw.

      Lehain Lox Arends - 2013-09-11 09:22

      1/12/2012 ENGLAND (12) 38 NEW ZEALAND (0) 21 England pulled off one of the great victories in their history as they destroyed world champions New Zealand at a rejoicing Twickenham. The All Blacks had been unbeaten in 20 matches but were completely outplayed as second-half tries from Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi snuffed out a brief comeback.

  • she.is.here.777 - 2012-11-28 12:15

    Only a safo can be that optimistic!

  • dellwayne.louw - 2012-11-28 12:27

    yes u poms can beat them...in cricket,football but not rugby.lol

      Lehain Lox Arends - 2013-09-11 09:19

      1/12/2012 ENGLAND (12) 38 NEW ZEALAND (0) 21 England pulled off one of the great victories in their history as they destroyed world champions New Zealand at a rejoicing Twickenham. The All Blacks had been unbeaten in 20 matches but were completely outplayed as second-half tries from Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi snuffed out a brief comeback. Go England

  • she.is.here.777 - 2012-11-28 12:35

    Plus they're gonna go for goal instead when trailing by 4. lol

  • cilliers.vanniekerk.1 - 2012-11-28 13:10

    That's the spirit, Brad. Tackle for your life, and remember that the French would in fact have beaten the All Blacks for the World Cup but for Craig Joubert so blatantly favouring the latter at the breakdown!

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-28 13:44

      And your head is still stuck up your @ss!

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-11-28 13:56

      well the poms and the darkness are both loved by the IRB just as much so the difference will be the ref, Joubert?

      niel.walt - 2012-11-28 16:59

      If france got the lead the all blacks wouldve just upped a gear and beaten them by more. Hate the way sa rugby supporters watch more ref then rugby, probably because bok rugby is so flippen boring

      Caleb - 2012-11-29 04:08

      @ Cilliers- Anything to make yourself feel better at not even making the semis- oh wait everyones against poor old South Africa, yes yes... thats the reason you were so crap, and still are.

  • mack.myburgh - 2012-11-28 15:08

    yes Brad on XBOX !

      Lehain Lox Arends - 2013-09-11 09:20

      1/12/2012 ENGLAND (12) 38 NEW ZEALAND (0) 21 England pulled off one of the great victories in their history as they destroyed world champions New Zealand at a rejoicing Twickenham. The All Blacks had been unbeaten in 20 matches but were completely outplayed as second-half tries from Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi snuffed out a brief comeback.

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