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Cory Jane happy to play second-fiddle to Julian Savea's tryscoring feats

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Daniel Gilhooly

Hat-trick hero: Julian Savea crosses the line but the try was disallowed for a forward pass.

Hat-trick hero: Julian Savea crosses the line but the try was disallowed for a forward pass. Photo: AFP

HAMILTON: Julian Savea racked up the big numbers but fellow All Blacks winger Cory Jane had as much reason for satisfaction in Hamilton on Saturday night.

Savea bagged a hat-trick of tries in the 36-13 third Test win over England to maintain an explosive start to his Test career.

His 23 tries from 22 Tests is a figure only bettered by another left winger, Joe Rokocoko (27 tries) at the same stage of their All Blacks careers.

Cory Jane was happy with his performance.

Cory Jane was happy with his performance. Photo: Reuters

Savea, 23, who has crossed eight times in four Tests against England, was typically humble, attributing his prolific career tally to the way the All Blacks play.

"It's more about reacting to what we see in front of us. We see the opportunity, we'll take it."

Happier to talk about himself was Jane, whose credentials were questioned following an error-riddled display in the second Test win at Dunedin last week.

Jane, at 31 the oldest-ever All Blacks winger, responded with a supreme, if tryless, all-round display.

He fielded high balls with aplomb and unleashed balance, acceleration and his trademark fend to beat defenders.

"It was like the old Cory. I just relaxed and didn't try to do too much," Jane said.

The icing on the cake came two minutes after the fulltime hooter when Jane left three defenders grasping before sending Hurricanes teammate Savea away for his third.

He says he didn't prepare any differently to any of his other 47 Tests.

It was a matter of shutting out negativity and making his first act a confident one - in this case fielding a high ball.

"You either respond by doing your job or you let it get to you.

"I just went back to what got me here in the first place and it felt good. Just using my agility and my fend - the attributes I'm not too bad at."

MOST ALL BLACKS TRIES AFTER 22 TESTS

27 - Joe Rokocoko

23 - Julian Savea

22 - Sitiveni Sivivatu

21 - Christian Cullen

15 - Doug Howlett

15 - Jonah Lomu

MOST TRIES AGAINST ENGLAND

9 - Ian Smith (Scotland), 8 Tests, 1924-33

8 - Julian Savea (NZ) 4, 2012-14

8 - Jonah Lomu (NZ) 7, 1995-2002

7 - Ben Tune (Australia) 4, 1997-99

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