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Ruthless All Blacks crush Irish

2012-06-09 11:19

Auckland - Wing Julian Savea - often compared with rugby great Jonah Lomu - scored three blockbusting tries as the All Blacks destroyed Ireland with a 42-10 victory at Eden Park on Saturday.

The runaway win shattered any illusions Ireland had of pulling off a historic first win over the All Blacks in the 107-year history of internationals between the two countries.

In their first outing since winning the Rugby World Cup last October, and with a new head coach in Steve Hansen, the All Blacks ran in five tries to one.

Savea, 21, a former IRB junior player of the year, is 1.92 metres and 103kg, and with his strength and speed he proved a constant threat down the left wing during what was his first Test appearance.

He was only denied two more tries by desperate defence from Ireland fullback Rob Kearney.

All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith also produced an outstanding debut with his rapid service keeping the backline moving, and he received a standing ovation when he was substituted with 25 minutes remaining.

Ireland had opportunities, particularly in the first half when Jamie Heaslip, Keith Earls and Simon Zebo all went close, only to be tipped up in finger-tip defensive plays by Israel Dagg and Richie McCaw.

Ireland's only try came from a long kick downfield when wing Fergus McFadden outsprinted McCaw in a 50-metre race for the ball.

All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter, who finished with a match haul of 17 points, started the scoring early with a third minute penalty, which was matched immediately by Ireland's Jonathan Sexton.

With the All Blacks slow to find their cohesion, Ireland spent long periods on attack in the first 15 minutes but started to lose their impetus when Carter landed two penalties in quick succession from about 50 metres out.

Ireland held out a series of All Blacks pick and goes for about five minutes before Sonny Bill Williams and Carter combined to send Savea away for his first try.

His second try, just before half-time, came from a smart blindside move orchestrated by Smith.

Israel Dagg set up Savea's third try just after the break to put the All Blacks out to a 30-3 lead before McFadden found the line for Ireland.

The All Blacks responded immediately, working their way up to the Irish line where Kieran Read took the short side from a scrum near the posts and flicked the ball to an unmarked Adam Thomson.

As the rain came down in the dying minutes of the game, replacement back Aaron Cruden opened a gap for Conrad Smith to score the final try and for the All Blacks to extend their winning run at Eden Park to 28 Tests, dating back to 1994.

They also maintained their 107-year record of never losing to Ireland and showed a domination that did not augur well for the northern hemisphere side in the remaining two Tests.

The second Test is in Christchurch next Saturday and the final Test is in Hamilton a week later.

Teams

All Blacks
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15. Israel Dagg, 14. Zac Guildford, 13. Conrad Smith, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 11. Julian Savea, 10. Dan Carter, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Kieran Read, 7. Richie McCaw (captain), 6. Victor Vito, 5. Sam Whitelock, 4. Brodie Retallick, 3. Owen Franks, 2. Andrew Hore, 1. Tony Woodcock

Substitutes: Hika Elliot, Ben Franks, Ali Williams, Adam Thomson, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Ben Smith

Ireland:

15. Rob Kearney, 14. Fergus McFadden, 13. Brian O'Driscoll (captain), 12. Keith Earls, 11. Simon Zebo, 10. Jonathan Sexton , 9. Conor Murray, 8. Jamie Heaslip, 7. Sean O'Brien, 6. Peter O'Mahony, 5. Donnacha Ryan, 4. Dan Touhy, 3. Declan Fitzpatrick, 2. Rory Best, 1. Cian Healy

Replacements: 16. Sean Cronin, 17. Ronan Loughney, 18. Donncha O'Callaghan, 19. Kevin McLaughlin, 20. Eoin Reddan, 21. Ronan O'Gara, 22. Darren Cave

Match Officials:

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), James Leckie (Australia)
Television match official: Matt Goddard (Australia)

AFP

Comments
  • david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-06-09 11:36

    Savea's going to be a handful!! Once again, the south beats the north

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-06-09 12:07

    And Richie McCaw says in his interview that there is still more work to be done at the breakown as they,the All Backs, were too slow in turning over Ireland tonight.Scary high standards by the world champions indeed.

      mazwi.zuma - 2012-06-09 12:59

      Very high indeed

  • Pat - 2012-06-09 12:26

    wow!! not even from the first second did the ALL BLACKS look as if they would lose!!! ireland and scotland have STILL neva eva beaten the ALL BLACKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! suck on that rest of the rugby world.....

  • andre.kriel.5 - 2012-06-09 12:32

    Maybe we should just sit back and watch and learn from the All Blacks how to play the game...

      Lonne - 2012-06-09 12:42

      So say all of us. Class of 2012 is well and truly setting the bar. Maybe the bar is gonna too high for some teams to be worthy challengers to the world champs. Well done the mighty ABs.

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-06-09 12:47

      Any of our backline players could slot into the AB side and perform well. It's our backline as a unit thats failed to ignite well on attack. That is simply down to coaching and tactics. Just hope Heyneke won't be too scared to have a run when we can.

      charl.koegelenberg - 2012-06-09 15:25

      Not anyone in sa backline can fit in to the All Blacks backline and perform. If you put steyn in there the backline would be useless

  • razz.tazz.9 - 2012-06-09 13:38

    Watch out HM. This guys have the ability to destroy any team. They should have scored at least 3 more tries.

  • Richard - 2012-06-09 13:43

    I'm a springbok supporter but wow what a display of rugby by all blacks. And now aus kicking wales butt . All we need is sa to kick eng butt and it will be a warning to all northern hemisphere teams that u still have alot to learn !

  • Richard - 2012-06-09 13:43

    I'm a springbok supporter but wow what a display of rugby by all blacks. And now aus kicking wales butt . All we need is sa to kick eng butt and it will be a warning to all northern hemisphere teams that u still have alot to learn !

  • margo.george.18 - 2012-06-09 13:58

    Go ALL BLACKS,you are the benchmark of world rugby!

  • donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-06-09 14:13

    And to think that week after week 'dwarfs' such as Gio,Peter,Juan and Siya gives these muscular,tatoeed giants a run for their money,and Mr Meyer says that they are too small for the big and physical poms,well Mr Meyer you sure need to convince me that these guys are smaller and less physical than the english.

  • donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-06-09 14:16

    And to think that week after week 'dwarfs' such as Gio,Peter,Juan and Siya gives these muscular,tatoeed giants a run for their money,and Mr Meyer says that they are too small for the big and physical poms,well Mr Meyer you sure need to convince me that these guys are smaller and less physical than the english.

  • Ockie - 2012-06-09 14:31

    Wow ... what a game by the AB side. AB rugby is very good in this early time of the season. The Irish is not a bad side, but were totally outplayed. Please SA, make us all proud this afternoon!

  • Scott George - 2012-06-09 15:09

    A great game to watch, the way in which the AB's keep the ball alive and swarm around with support runners gives defenses big headaches! Let's hope the boks can emulate some of that style later on today! Go bokke

  • Phillip - 2012-06-09 15:38

    Yes, the 'Blacks did manage to string a few good moves together, but I've seen any number of sides look just as 'ruthless' in unapposed practise. "Since winning the Rugby World Cup last October?" Huh? Must have missed that - I thought Bryce and Paddy won that one...

      Pat - 2012-06-10 02:09

      @fatlip, poor u!!! wot a waste of air!!!!

  • thyronrambo.dennis - 2012-06-09 19:06

    Who is going to stop the black machine ? New Zealand showing how the game of rugby being played mad respect to NZ rugby.

      ckrohne1 - 2012-06-09 20:44

      You do realise the Irish is not in the same league as the english....They have moments by in the same league-nope

  • rhys.middleton.9 - 2012-06-09 21:19

    i think we should wait till the try-nations. the irish and bokke cannot be compared. the bokke play a heavy forward pack carrying game with strangulation tactic like they did today, this has always been successful for them, as it was today. so the AB's would prob have much less opportunity to attack. still the #1 team in the world though, well played... good to see the south still on top after all these years!

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