Amie Lindsell, NRL.com
Former Kiwi international Nigel Vagana says the Kiwis have to “maximise every opportunity they get” when they face Wales in their second match of the Gillette Four Nations tournament in England.
“We didn’t get enough of it (opportunity) in the last game,” Vagana said.
“With England being at home they will be really strong, so hopefully if they (New Zealand) get over Wales this week, it will be that game that decides who will be in the final.”
Vagana says Lee Briers will be the Welshman the Kiwis will need to contain if they have a chance.
He played against the current Welsh captain back in 2002 at Millenium Stadium in Cardiff during the New Zealand tour of Great Britain & France.
“He’s (Briers) been there a very long time and he’s very experienced at international and club level,” he said.
“He knows a lot of the Kiwi boys, having played them in the past World Cups and internationals so I think if they can shut him down, they will come close to winning the game.”
Vagana also spoke about the grey area that is the “cannon ball” tackle during NRL.com’s exclusive interview…
“It is really hard to determine what is a cannon ball, and what’s not,” he said.
“You’re (players) taught right throughout the year and all of your training sessions that the first and the second guys go in to lock the ball up and the third person takes the legs,”
“I think it’s basically based around the mentality of the third person going in… if he comes in too fast it’s a cannon ball, if he comes in slow it’s not.”
The double header at Wembley Stadium kicks off on November 5 with Wales v New Zealand starting at midnight (AEDT) before England take on Australia at 2:30am (AEDT) which will be televised live on Channel 9.