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Autumn Nations Series – Ireland full value for memorable win over All Blacks


It was all that we hoped for with end to end stuff throughout the 80 minutes and one of the best test matches this year. Ireland was all over the All Blacks and was unlucky not to get more points in that first half but credit to the All Blacks defence.

At the end Ireland was full value for the win as they got one over the All Blacks.

Ireland showed their hand early on putting the ball through the hands, frost with the pack then with the back sand made plenty of ground. It was a ruck penalty only that stopped the Irish progress.

The men in black decided to go with the boot first up trying to catch out the Irish defence but the home side was up to the challenge early on. Ireland kept the pressure on and they put plenty of pressure on the All Blacks scrambling in defence.

Taylor was then send off with yellow for a head high tackle which left the All Blacks with 14 men for 10 minutes. The try had to come and it was James Lowe who got over in the corner after they pulled the All Blacks defence in. That gave the home side a 7-0 lead.

The All Blacks did manage to get their hands on the ball and just a silly penalty by Ireland gave the visitors their first points with a penalty by Barrett.

Ireland the went over again through Furling but the try was turned over because he propelled himself with his legs forward. That was a lucky escape for the All Blacks as Ireland dominated the play and should have had a much greater lead.

The All Blacks then founded space and saw Taylor going over for their first try of the match and the lead of the game after defending for most of that half up to then.

Ireland kept the pressure eon but as much they gave the All Blacks was happy to receive and made their tackle to keep them out. That resulted that the All Blacks led at the break 10-5.

Ireland came out like they did on the first and this time made no mistake getting that second try when Kelleher got over for their second. Sexton could not convert which made the scores 10-all.

Ireland just did not led go and kept on putting all the pressure on New Zealand

It was all Ireland as they Caelan over stepping Taylor to run in a brilliant try adding a penalty a few minutes later and Ireland was in a 10 point lead.

Out of nothing Jordon made something out of nothing with a little kick and scored, that easy it comes sometimes from the men in black.

Ireland on attack ensure another penalty and extended their lead again to 23-17 but the All Blacks was getting back in the game seeing much more ball in hands. Ireland was very lucky not to get a try against them with the All Blacks all over them but a forward pass cancelled the try but they did get a penalty to make it a three point game.

It was a massive kick from Joey Carbery that extended the lead of Ireland again to 26-20 with 5 minuets to go. That left the All Blacks to chase the game again.

Another penalty saw Ireland stretch the lead again and gave them another memorable win over New Zealand and well deserved as well.


Ireland: Tries – James Lowe, Ronan Kelleher, Caelan Doris Conversions – Johnny Sexton Penalties – Johnny Sexton, Joey Carbery(3)

All Blacks:Tries – Codie Taylor, Will Jordan Conversions – Jordie Barrett(2) Penalties – Jordie Barrett(2)

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