Family Tries: England's Youngs Eyes Another Win Over All Blacks
Muhammad Rameez 23 days ago Wed 23rd October 2019 | 12:36 PM
Scrum-half Ben Youngs is hoping to add to his family's impressive record against the All Blacks when England take on New Zealand in a World Cup semi-final on Saturday
Tokyo, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Oct, 2019 ) :Scrum-half Ben Youngs is hoping to add to his family's impressive record against the All Blacks when England take on New Zealand in a World Cup semi-final on Saturday.
Back in 1983 Nick Youngs, Ben's father and also a scrum-half, played in England's 15-9 victory at Twickenham.
And seven years ago at Twickenham, both Ben and his brother Tom, a prop, starred in a 38-21 success -- England's last win over the All Blacks.
Asked if beating New Zealand was in his DNA, Youngs told reporters at England's hotel on Wednesday: "The old man did it. Maybe, I don't know, we will see." However, the 2012 win remains the only victory the 30-year-old Youngs has enjoyed in eight Tests against New Zealand.
"I've had a fair few opportunities against New Zealand. I suppose the most relevant one is the most recent one in the autumn," said Youngs, a veteran of 93 Tests for England.
"I just felt probably we were in control a little bit in those first 25, 30 minutes but they kept coming back," added Youngs.
New Zealand showed in their impressive 46-14 quarter-final win against Ireland the importance of remaining "error-free," said Youngs.
- 'Electric atmosphere' - Meanwhile Youngs said he would be relishing his latest contest with the New Zealand scrum-half, whether that be Aaron Smith or TJ Perenara, stressing that England would have to be alert to the threat they bring around the rucks.
"You add the fact that it's a semi-final and we are anticipating an electric atmosphere on Saturday." New Zealand, bidding for a third successive World Cup title and fourth in total, head into this match as favourites.
"Come Saturday we will be in a position where we have complete confidence in how we want to play."