James Parsons made a strong black jersey debut in Saturday night’s (NZT Sunday morning’s) test match against Scotland.
Parsons, a Blues hooker, was called up to the All Blacks after playing for John Kirwan’s Barbarians. As with any first game in the black jersey, Parsons made some mistakes in lineout throws but many praised the newest All Black’s first game and his 47 minutes on the field.
The team, as a whole, did not display its typical clinical cohesion and dominance. Ball-handling errors were seen throughout the ranks of the All Blacks and the Scottish team was able to remain close on the scoreline.
Other Blues players on the field were Charlie Faumuina and Charles Piutau, with the latter making some fantastic half breaks.
For their part, Scotland was unable to break through the final line of defence.They missed a crucial penalty goal that would have put the home side in the lead with 10 minutes to go.
The All Blacks responded with a try from Jeremy Thrush at 74 minutes. From this point, the All Blacks retained their eight-point lead over the Scots. The final score was 24-16.
The All Blacks will now face Wales this coming Saturday (NZTSunday), with kick-off at 6.30am (NZT).