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  Tuesday, 12 November, 2002, 06:03 GMT
This chip's for you, Mr Robinson
In his exclusive column, England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson makes a confession about his superb solo try against the All Blacks and suggests that New Zealand should stick by their powerhouse Jonah Lomu.

Wilkinson's try lit up a superb match at Twickenham
Wilkinson's try lit up a fine game at Twickenham
Here's an admission for you - my chip ahead was meant for Jason Robinson not me.

When the referee put up his arm to signal an advantage, I realised there was nothing to lose by putting boot to ball.

The New Zealand defence was up quickly and no-one was covering behind.

So I gave it a go, hoping that Jason would scamper in and beat the retreating defence.

It was only after I had started my run that I realised I was in the best position to go for it.

It was a great personal moment, made all the more special by the result.

The build-up to the game was incredibly tense, and to have secured victory over New Zealand is all important.

'Yes', we would like to have spread the ball more. 'Yes', we would like to have broken the gain-line more. But sometimes the end overshadows the means.

A win is a win and that's that.

We're happy enough as a team, though we're not ecstatic. For large areas of the game we came off second best.


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Yet again, New Zealand proved to the world that there is no such thing as a weak All Black side.

I don't care who tells me otherwise, they remain top of the rugby union table.

They are the current Tri-Nations champions and, with the World Cup less than a year away, their performance on Saturday was nothing less than ominous.

To have pushed us all the way with a squad lacking many of their familiar faces tells you everything you need to know about the strength in depth that they possess.

Lomu remains at the height of his powers despite the doubters
Lomu: Still awesome despite the doubters
Any country who can seriously consider dropping Jonah Lomu is clearly a little bit special.

Having seen him first hand on a rugby pitch, I can tell his doubters this: 'You're wrong - very wrong'.

Jonah remains a rugby institution and, though not completely fit by his own admission, he has the ability to light up a match.

With the ball in hand, he remains the greatest threat in the game.

I'd like to be a little more courteous than calling him a "freak", but I understand completely what Will Carling meant by that remark.

It was not a defamation of character.

Jonah is unusual and, in the very best sense of the word, abnormal.

He can do things others can only dream of and his powers, thought to be on the wane, remain very much alive.


We're a confident bunch, us English and we plan to do our homework on Australia
All New Zealanders should remember that, and I see no reason why he should not play a huge part for his country in Australia next year.

And, of course, it's the Wallabies we face next.

Ireland's victory over them will have fanned the flames in the Aussie camp.

Once bitten, twice shy, or so they say and the guys in green have done us no favours at all.

But we're a confident bunch, us English, and we plan to do our homework this week.

You're only as good as your last game and Clive Woodward has made it clear that he wants an improvement.

Stand by for another Twickenham firecracker.

 NOV 9 INTERNATIONALS
 ENG V NZ
 IRE V AUS
 WALES V FIJI
 SCOT V ROM
 FRANCE V SA

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