Cory Jane puts Dunedin howler behind him
June 19, 2014
Cory Jane hopes to produce a better performance in Hamilton © Getty Images
Cory Jane's handling was abysmal in the first half of New Zealand's 28-27 win in the second Test against England in Dunedin, prompting critics to call time on his 47-Test career;
Jane, 31, is the oldest winger to start a Test for New Zealand - four months older than Bernie Fraser, who played his final Test, against Australia, on his 31st birthday - and he plans to extend that record as far as he can.
Jane said on Thursday that his ball-carry technique had been too loose in Dunedin, and that he had taken his pre-match instructions to provide energy around the park too far.
"I was trying to fly around everywhere and do everyone else's job," he said. "I've had time in the All Blacks when I've got the ball twice and I've made those two times count. I've got to remember that."
Jane did not realise until half-time that he was having a howler, and his response was to seek out a quiet corner and give himself a dressing down. "I sat down and said 'what are you doing, you don't do this very often so pull your head in'."
Jane believes his best isn't far off, and he regards the criticism directed at him as a bonus. His natural response is to prove critics wrong.
"I haven't set the world on fire but I don't look out of place playing rugby," he said in the build-up to the third Test at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton. "I know that I'm not done and I know that I'm not far off either. We'll see this week."
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