Published: Sat, November 17, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Impressive Ireland overcome All Blacks

Impressive Ireland overcome All Blacks

What we do with the ball ourselves is important and so if we kick it we've got to kick it well, make sure we get a chance to get it back and do a wee bit of suffocating ourselves. "This time of year particularly, we're coming to the end of our season and we've got to find ways to get energised and play with real objective".

"When they first turned up in 1905 they were incredibly tough to knock over and I don't think they've changed too much".

That was enough for Joe Schmidt's men to claim just their second victory over the All Blacks, after their triumph in Chicago two years ago, despite Barrett's late penalty.

The pace of the first-half began to tell as the interval approached and Ireland's scrum continued to have the upper hand, forcing a penalty for Sexton to kick to the corner with points on offer.

"A hundred seconds of pretty agonising viewing for us".

"What most people don't understand is that everybody we play has the game of their lives, because we're the team that they want to beat and they get up for for it".

Brian O'Driscoll feels Ireland's best shot of victory over New Zealand is at least a 9 out of 10 performance, while containing the opposition to far below their peak level.

"You need to starve New Zealand of the ball and I would start Dev as well", said Henry.


And Ireland Head Coach Schmidt stressed the difficultly in selecting his starting XV to face the reigning world champion All Blacks.

Asked how to stop Ireland suffocating his side with possession, Hansen replied: "You hang on to it yourself; have a crack at them at source. So you've got to gear up for that".

Henry's former Ulster and Ireland team-mate Darren Cave is also bullish about Ireland's prospects of toppling the All Blacks and believes that Schmidt will be hugely motivated to upset the world number one team.

"A guy who played rugby in New Zealand, lived in New Zealand and a proud Kiwi his whole life, to beat them would be awesome".

New Zealand, who had not suffered defeat in Europe since 2012, dug deep in an attempt to engineer a way back into the contest but found Ireland in no mood to surrender their hard-earned lead.

Ireland were looking stretched as the world champions ramped up the pace, but the Munster captain again came to his team's rescue with a brilliant steal on the deck - supported by Best - that alleviated the pressure.

The game will long be remembered as on of the most brutal and physical Test matches the professional era has ever seen, and even forced World Rugby to take another look at their high tackle directives.

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