All Blacks to have BIG SCREEN shot clock to avoid Damian McKenzie error

David Skippers
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All Blacks fly-half Damian McKenzie.

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) have announced that a shot clock will be on display on the big screen at venues for all of the All Blacks’ remaining home Tests in 2024.

This, after fly-half Damian McKenzie nearly made a costly error during the All Blacks’ first Test against England at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday.

Timed out in Dunedin

McKenzie lined up a penalty during the game’s latter stages but referee Nika Amashukeli awarded a scrum to the Red Rose after the All Blacks playmaker was timed out during the 60 seconds allowed to take the shot at goal.

It could have been a costly error from McKenzie but the All Blacks went on to clinch a narrow 16-15 victory.

To avoid a repeat of that McKenzie blunder, NZR will install a shot clock on the big screen for the second Test at Eden Park on Saturday night which will allow players and supporters to see how much time is left before a kick must be taken.

Place-kickers have 60 seconds for a penalty attempt and 90 seconds to convert a try.

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“There will be a shot clock shown on the stadium big screen and broadcast for this weekend’s Test match in Auckland,” NZR said in a statement.

“This will also be in place for all home Test matches in 2024.”

After the All Blacks’ narrow triumph in the first Test, McKenzie said a shot clock at the stadium could have helped him to avoid embarrassment and frustration.

Took responsibility

He did take responsibility for his blunder, however.

“I’m not pointing the finger at anyone, it’s completely on my shoulders,” said the 29-year-old.

“I have got to sort that out around my process, and speed things up, and knowing that once the penalty is blown I have got 60 seconds to kick the kick.”

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