All Blacks demolish Ireland

2012-06-23 11:25

Hamilton - New Zealand posted a record-breaking 60-0 thrashing of Ireland in the third and final Test at the Waikato Stadium here on Saturday to complete a series sweep.

The All Blacks, who squeezed past the Irish with a last-gasp Daniel Carter drop goal in Christchurch last week, scored nine tries including two each to Sam Cane and Sonny Bill Williams, and had the game won at half-time leading 29-0.

Ben Smith, Hosea Gear, Israel Dagg, Liam Messam and Adam Thomson also scored as the world champions recorded their largest winning margin against Ireland.

The previous largest margin was 53 points, when the All Blacks won 59-6 in 1992. It was the third time in their 27 Tests that the All Blacks have held Ireland scoreless.

Ireland, who have never beaten New Zealand, gave the All Blacks a major fright last week before losing 22-19, but the world champions, who made six changes to the side, put the game beyond doubt by half-time with four tries.

All four were set up by flyhalf Aaron Cruden, two to inside centre Williams and one each to flanker Cane and winger Ben Smith.

Cane and Williams's first tries came from incredible sleight of hand by the slender flyhalf when he was able to free his hands in the tackle and find the player running off him.

Smith's try was just as impressive, with Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll turning the ball over while on attack, Cruden snatching the loose ball, running about 30 metres and feeding to centre Conrad Smith, who found his namesake outside him.

Cruden was injured in the tackle and immediately went off for treatment but did not return, handing a Test debut to Beauden Barrett, who looked just as composed as the man he replaced.

The All Blacks quickly built on their 29-0 lead after the break with Cane scoring his second try after a superb break from Aaron Smith, while Gear finished off a long-range try after Cane had stolen a deep line-out throw and they spread it wide.

Gear could probably have outsprinted Keith Earls to the corner but slowed slightly before smashing over the top of the Irish winger to emphasise the gulf in intensity between the two sides.

Messam, Dagg and Thomson scored tries in the second half as the All Blacks continued their rout and refused to allow Ireland to put any points on the board.


New Zealand:

Tries: Sam Cane (2), Sonny Bill Williams (2), Ben Smith, Hosea Gear, Liam Messam, Israel Dagg, Adam Thomson; Conversions: Aaron Cruden (2), Dagg, Beauden Barrett (3); Penalties: Barrett.


New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Richie McCaw (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock

Substitutes: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Brodie Retallick, 19 Adam Thomson, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Beauden Barrett, 22 Tamati Ellison

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Brian O'Driscoll (captain), 12 Paddy Wallace, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Peter O'Mahony, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 5 Donnacha Ryan, 4 Dan Tuohy, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy

Substitutes: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Declan Fitzpatrick, 18 Donncha O'Callaghan, 19 Chris Henry, 20 Eoin Reddan, 21 Ronan O'Gara, 22 Andrew Trimble


  • nzbro.allblack - 2012-06-23 11:29

    demolish? That was a bloody massacre mate: Right Saffa’s...that is what we can do without DCarter. Anybody still doubting the ability of the mighty All Blacks in adversity? Anybody still doubting the depth of the talent we have on hand? Anybody still think we are weak with a player down? Anybody?......

      damienbradshawphotography - 2012-06-23 11:38

      Lets talk about depth..... Did we not win the u20 WC last night ?

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-06-23 11:43

      @ graemeltd yes I saw, but those players have to undergo the very same selection process to make it to the big time AB jersey and there is a lot of competition they will have to face to get a jersey. Unfortunately not all will be selected as AB if any at all when the time comes so U20 may be the highest they will achieve.Sorry to burst your bubble of anticipation for a future easy victory.

      Rich - 2012-06-23 11:44

      Graeme, what a stupid comment."Did u see what happened to you future AB last night" what I saw was a very lucky Baby Boks side scrape past the ABs while playing at home. Shame the ref missed the Saffas knock on at the base of the ruck that led to the first try and the very marginal pass that led to another. The Baby Boks played well but I don't think they're a better side than the Baby Blacks.

      Rich - 2012-06-23 11:54

      Blueraven - You must have very low standards if you call that a convincing win. 60 - 0 is convincing.

      mark.haupt.31 - 2012-06-23 12:03

      The Northerners are lightweights - NZ & SA in a different league, some we win, some you win. Must say you play entertaining rugby but we throw you off balance as you don't like going backwards and our forwards mostly make you do that. Will see if we run the poms ragged this afternoon or brutalize them, all the same to us.......

      dean.ramjoomia - 2012-06-23 12:05

      U Black I'm Black We ALL BLACK!! No Retreat No Surrender Forever Defiant !!! Yster

      wayne.vandriel - 2012-06-23 12:06

      That was indeed a statement. Well done All Blacks, credit where credit is due. Much more convincing than the Wallabies. So, let's wait for the game between the Boks & the English, then hopefully we can all celebrate a clean sweep over the Northern Hemisphere. And then the real rugby begins with the Championships. The rugby power will always remain in here in the Southern Hemisphere. What a brilliant game last night between the Baby Blacks & Baby Boks. One of the best rugby games I've seen this year. Well done to both teams!

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-06-23 12:14

      So after feeling hopeful after last weeks AB poor performance, many on this forum thought, hmmm.. AB will be an easy victory in the 4 nations. I trust this weeks standard AB performance put an end to any such foolish thoughts especially when you watch what happens every time Ireland kicked the ball way in a kick & chase, your standard bok attack tactic? @damienbradshawphotography if the bok U20 is all you have for depth mate you are in trouble.The senior level is a different ball game and many who come up from the lower levels to senior dont always shine as expected.they tend to look average in comparison. What you saw is the AB here and now in senior level. You better have an answer for us come August 18th . HM is full of talk and building the expectation of the SA nation. He has yet to deliver against the 4 nations so I expect you will have more stinging comments against him if he fails than anything negative you can say about what you see in a AB jersey. I shall leave you lot to ponder this performance of skill as we get ready for the 4 nations. See you in August.

      wayne.vandriel - 2012-06-23 12:25

      We will be ready for you. See you on the 6th of October at the FNB stadium.

      James - 2012-06-23 14:02

      I think it might be important to note, that New Zealand's U20 side was actually short of some major talent. TJ Perenara was kept in New Zealand at the Hurricanes request and is now injured. Sam Cane who played in the no. 7 jersey for the Senior All Blacks in this 60-0 hiding, is also eligible, obviously if he wasn't wanted by the All Blacks he would of been there. So New Zealand's future is unsecure after a 6 point loss at U20 level??? Not at all. Infact New Zealand's future at U20 level is insecure because their U20s are already good enough for senior men's.

      shakes.tshabala - 2012-06-23 14:18

      Yip. The Bokkies won, but with the help of the Ref. Even if Ritchie or DC were playing would they have stand no chance.

      razz.tazz.9 - 2012-06-23 14:23


      shakes.tshabala - 2012-06-23 14:30

      That Bokkies must still gaze a lot in order to beat the Mighty All Blacks.

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-06-23 15:36

      AB's were lucky last week. Ireland didn`t play with the same intensity. Nothing to learn from this.

      eric.schollar - 2012-06-23 20:10

      @nzbro. AB play magnificent incomparable rugby. The rest of us just play for second place! What a great side you guys have - let's give credit where credit's due!

      ljmostert - 2012-06-23 22:09

      Go and play in an earthquake - if you don't find one go play in the traffic!

      eric.schollar - 2012-06-24 03:50

      Ignorant trash from 'mostert'. Most S. Africans are not this stupid! Apologies to the people of Christchurch for what this fool has said.

      eric.schollar - 2012-06-24 08:55

      Van wyk - what are you crapping on about? You are almost as stupid as mostert. Idiots like you two give the rest of us South Africans a bad name!

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-06-24 09:33

      @cory.van.wyk. Im really puzzled.What is it with you saffas. When ever you have no suitable on topic response to a thread poster or you are suffering a loss from your team or the AB are doing well you switch to personal attacks, verbal abuse. derogatory comments intended to hurt emotionally the target poster. ( your comment does not affect me but it makes me wonder about your're obviously NOT a skilled migrant) Why is that? Is it because you lack the intellect to engage in intelligent conversation? Is it because you're from a society that lives in a cesspool of hatred and intolerance for anybody that has a different opinion to your own? I mean cory.van.wyk... What on earth has nz domestic violence have to do with an AB victory? If you want to talk violence mate, take a good long hard look at your SA crime rate and violence before you even begin to comment on NZ. I see you work as an unskilled person in hamilton nz.Why is that? Is your own countries problems too much for ya? so you ran away and now you have the gall to point a finger at nz domestic violence when you choose to live here? You hypocrite ! Go back to the cesspool you came from.I see from your friends you have no kiwi mates.Cant fit in aye? not racist enough for ya.I bet you hide that little detail from the kiwis aye ?, you pretend to be mates to their faces. Go back to the cesspool you came from matey...It will be easy to replace you with another unskilled local. NZ is not for your shallow type.

  • Rich - 2012-06-23 11:33

    Outstanding rugby from the ABs - SBW played his best ever game of union and Richie hasn't played that well for quite some time. Cruden and Kane also had great games.

  • Taetjo - 2012-06-23 11:33

    Oh GOSH...! What the heck...

  • bootman.bokke - 2012-06-23 11:38

    Italian sports car vs a Tata

  • willem.botha.5623 - 2012-06-23 11:39

    And 8 Irish players won the Heineken cup in May. Sure says a lot. All I know is that I don't want to be an Irish player heading back home right now.

      dawood.timol - 2012-06-23 15:01

      @ willem u dont want to be a bok or aussie player in the coming rugby championship. the AB's look the side

      willem.botha.5623 - 2012-06-23 15:57

      I don't think so, Ireland has been weak in their 3 tests. When NZ play RSA and AUS the intensity is higher and much better. NZ do look good,but Ireland couldn't tackle for nothing,

  • Dhirshan - 2012-06-23 11:43

    to the laaities from ireland, wales and england . . . welcome to the southern hemisphere boys! even to france, who argentina beat.

  • ockie.barnard.9 - 2012-06-23 12:07

    Well done AB. It seems that Cruden/Williams combination works a whole lot better than the Carter/Williams combination.

  • andre.kriel.5 - 2012-06-23 12:33

    2 weeks ago I said we must learn from the AB, what can I say today...

      Lonne - 2012-06-23 12:57

      Andre I think the NZ rugby mentality is just different from the SA rugby mentality. Yes, fancy rugby don't always win the cups, but if it is a skill you have up your sleeve, why not use it. From under 6s to AB level, the first instinct is to run with the ball. SA will win a lot of tests with their brand of rugby, but if they are under pressure they would need a plan B. At the moment the 1950s brand is ok, but lets wait and see when the 4Nations starts. By the way congrats to your Baby Boks, they deserved this one. They were the best on the day and took their chances. Our captain was amazing in his speech of congrats to the BBs. So much humbleness is testimony of the caliber of the guy. But the day/night belonged to the Baby Boks.

      dean.ramjoomia - 2012-06-23 13:56

      Keep on Learning!!

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-06-23 15:30

      What did you say last week?

      Press - 2012-06-23 15:31

      Yep - those south of the snoekgordyn - learn the lesson well - dont take them on with dwarfs - man for man they will win each and every contact situation . . . .

      andre.kriel.5 - 2012-06-23 23:51

      Lonne,sadly I have to agree with you. AB 60 - SA 14...

  • cape.maori - 2012-06-23 12:46

    Wel done All Blacks! Next will be the Aussies and the proteas!

      Nick - 2012-06-23 12:53

      springboks you toothless capey

      cape.maori - 2012-06-23 12:55

      @Nick - the springbok is on its way out - read the latest ANC policy document - last bastion of the old system. Sorry boet, you will be the official proteas soon - hahahahahahaha

      Pat - 2012-06-23 13:00

      not proteas, call them SPRINGSUCKS!!!

      Jaan - 2012-06-23 13:13

      At least a Protea is much more majestic then a fern!! In SA a fern is as common as a “Tagetes minuta” or khaki bush.

      Nick - 2012-06-23 13:28

      you are a sad breed last night jumping up n down cause you on tv and not for committing a crime with your fashion gums and flea market ab jerseys singing nkosi since none of you lot know 2 words of God defend New Zealand

      ckrohne1 - 2012-06-23 18:23

      @Cape a.k.a. Fake maori: you're back to your back to your old cockinesss....All of a sudden you assume the all blacks will go and do the same to Boks and aussies.....? Did you not Learn from the Baby Boks vs the baby blacks?????

  • Jaan - 2012-06-23 12:57

    After last night it looked as if this game was also played at NEWLANDS!!!!!!

      cape.maori - 2012-06-23 13:00

      Not Newlands - it is called Crusaders Park!

      Nick - 2012-06-23 13:30

      kroesaders park whaha

      sam.matthews.79069 - 2012-06-23 23:18

      @Cape. No not Crusaders Park. Waikato Stadium home of the chiefs was where that game was played. Crusaders play at AMI Stadium and no one calls it Crusaders part

  • dean.ramjoomia - 2012-06-23 13:22

    U Black I'm Black We All Black!! Yster. No Retreat No Surrender Forever Defiant All Black. My beautiful boys how dare they want to take us on at our. Own Game SBW u gud my boy!! Luv Sam Cane

  • dean.ramjoomia - 2012-06-23 13:33

    U Black I'm Black We All Black!! Yster. No Retreat No Surrender Forever Defiant All Black. My beautiful boys how dare they want to take us on at our. Own Game SBW u gud my boy!! Luv Sam Cane

  • springbokke - 2012-06-23 14:11

    The old adage '' The proof is in the pudding''...Lets await the pending four nations tournament, then we assess....Ok?.. For now and allways... ..BOKKE.

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-06-23 14:13

    Well done to the all blacks, i hope we do the same to the poms. Y do u guys go on like aussie n poms supporters? I wud expect more mutual respect btwn kiwi n saffa supporters. Two greatest rugby nations without a doubt, HAVE A LITTLE MORE RESPECT

  • dean.ramjoomia - 2012-06-23 14:24

    Devastated, destructive, Riotous Massacre, run u in u Chops All Black

  • Lean - 2012-06-23 14:54

    Didn't see the game. But that is an impressive score indeed. Well done AB's. Cant wait for the championship. PS These games mean nothing, in a few months a lot changes. Even the Ausies and Argentinean's might surprise the Big 2.

  • henningbrazer - 2012-06-23 15:09

    Well done to the All Blacks - I could not watch after the first 20 minutes as it was apparent a massacre was on the cards. You beat - as evidenced by last week - a good Irish side. But, to the supporters - let me remind you that you cannot beat another team by Proxy - Ireland is not South Africa, just as England is not New Zealand The real competition is still coming ;)

      gsaker1 - 2012-06-24 04:06

      fair call that one

      caleb.drumm.1 - 2012-06-24 11:20

      Yep, cant disagree to that, well said.

  • Francois - 2012-06-23 15:49

    The "one-handed" off-load in the tackle with a"wingman" on either side of you, did it again! When will the boks learn this technique?

  • Janet - 2012-06-23 16:06

    Give comments regarding the story some people use this to bring out their negative attitudes. Well done all blacks you are and always will be the champs!!!

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-06-23 16:51

    Headline should read:All Blacks embarrass hopeless Irish team. And to think that this is an All Black team that's without Dan Carter but instead the 22 year old Aaron Cruden in his place,who by the way played in the WC final last year.Aaron Cruden played so flat with Sonny Bill Williams,their line breaks were nothing short of awesome. Also to think that this is an All Black team that's in transition.If this is the WC slump that all previous winners goes through,then I fear for the rest of the rugby world if New Zealand can go through their world cup slump and still put 60 points on the board against Ireland.

  • goofree - 2012-06-23 17:43

    Next !!!!! what you saw is what you going too get bring on the super 15 games history books rewritten by Sir Richard Mccaw 98 successful wins over takeing Geoge Gregan by any nation

  • ckrohne1 - 2012-06-23 18:06

    I noticed the all black supporters are back , this after most of them were in hiding after last night's lost of the baby blacks. It just took one good performance before the they became their old cocky self.....way to go guys..... don't get too cocky....

      dean.ramjoomia - 2012-06-23 20:57

      We The People/All Blacks. Never Retreat! Never Surrender! and we are forever Defiant. We always take responsibility for our own failures and accept defeat however seldom this take place with our Heads held high, knowing WE be Back!! As Victory is forever waving and beckoning us to raise the HAkA !! Yster for LiVe

      charl.koegelenberg - 2012-06-24 15:26

      Sa is the real cocky ppl. Thay win the junior AB and now thay say thay see a bright future in sa rugby... Thay only won them once...

  • mazwi.zuma - 2012-06-23 19:03

    Honestly the All Blacks plays the best footie. Where we as South Africans like it or not. The sooner we get to grips with it, the better. Maybe we can steal their junior coaches because we have the athletes to compete with them. Other than that let's stop being jealous

      Janet - 2012-06-24 02:51

      Well said!

  • eric.schollar - 2012-06-23 20:03

    All Blacks play magnificent rugby - a joy to watch! Unless the unimaginative Boks develop another game plan besides 'kick and chase' its going to be a cricket score! Wallabies look even worse than the Boks!

  • ljmostert - 2012-06-23 21:58

    The pathetic All Black Pacific Island connection will bite them in the asses against a stronger team like the Springboks. They can play sevens but do not like contact!

      klark.kent.942 - 2012-06-24 00:52

      Oh Really dont like contact thats why the proteas nearly cried after they got smashed by samoa in the world cup. You have a very selective memory my friend

      rhyno.smith.96 - 2012-06-24 02:08

      All black record speaks for itself. They can play any type of game, wide or contact. The reason they do better than other teams against the boks is because they can match the boks upfront, but there's no doubt that the backline is far superior.

      Rich - 2012-06-24 03:20

      ljmostert, you are a complete berk.

      eric.schollar - 2012-06-24 03:53

      Mostert, were you born stupid or have you developed your idiocy since then?

      christo.jacobs.56 - 2012-06-24 04:05

      Ijmostert, dont know where you've been for the last couple of years, but i think you must realize it's 2012 and things changed a lot since you went to bed. Those days some people had a lot of respect and some even feared the springboks, but nowadays, they are just another team with no idea of what happened in world rugby. The only rugby union in worldrugby where the issue of race is still discussed and before we cross that bridge, things will not change. Why is it that whenever a player is selected, that people must still wonder if he is there just for window-dressing or because of his ability. Like last nights game, for what reason is Jantjies on the bench? as the coach do not have any confidence in his ability. Why is it that Kolisi were'nt even considered? because blacks mature slower? So friend we should stop worrying about the ABs and start worry about our own shortcomings. Reading all the comments on most articles you can understand why SA rugby is so under par. If South Africans cant even have different opinions on a subject, talk about it without trying to degrade each other , if its not because of your color then its because of your believes. I am a South African staying in NZ, but its killing me reading all these comments. No article is discussed without attacking people on their looks or culture. P.s calling the All Black Pacific Island connection, pathetic is very naive, as it worked for so many years, even the Ausies and Poms is copying it.

      caleb.drumm.1 - 2012-06-24 11:23

      ljmostert-I am completely baffled, time and time again you show your ignorance. Do you even watch rugby? Because clearly you dont know what you are talking about.

  • raymond.abrahamse - 2012-06-23 22:48

    And Ireland were lucky to get nil !!!

  • gsaker1 - 2012-06-24 03:55

    To hold any team scoreless - not even a penalty - shows amazing discipline and Ireland were not pathetic, they were outclassed by a rampant All Black side who showed their depth is second to none in world rugby. Cruden in twenty five minutes - if hasn't already with top of the table Chiefs - is the worlds no2 1st five eight after Carter and their depth in the lose forward department is bordering on ridiculous, Veto, Thompson,McCaw, Reid, Cane and Messim are all world class players and at 1st five they now have 3 world class players...their wing depth is staggering and any side that can have the World Cups best player Nonu on the sideline - not even the bench - shows the depth they have all over the park. I think the Chiefs or the Crusaders will win the super 15 this year and only SA - to their credit - has any chance of challenging them in the Four Nations - I think the Wallabies had flaws in their game all over the park and both the Box and the Blacks will expose it - especially up front...Pocock and Genia are the only consistent game breakers they have - yes Barnes is making the no10 his own but he has always been a hit and miss player - in the forwards the rest would not make the SA or the NZ benches.

      James - 2012-06-24 05:51

      The world cups best player was Nonu?? I'd argue it was the All Black no. 6 Jerome Kaino and he is also not playing for the All Blacks now. They have moved on the world cup now seems like a long time ago, compare the team that played the world cup final to the team from yesterday...

  • Quinton Skippers - 2012-06-24 09:41

    Well done by a team that are the World's best.

  • beaudine.dempsey - 2012-06-24 10:36

    man that gear is good when he gets the ball he wold have to be 1 of the best #11 out .

  • tony.delo.9 - 2012-06-24 10:42

    its no point trying to explain anything to that corrie van wyk all those afrikaans dutchmen are the same more brawn then brains and unfortunately also unskilled as they dont like getting there hands dirty they got maids & garden boys doing the job

  • nolubabalo.ntlangula - 2012-06-24 14:40

    Were they sleepin or somethin???

  • ej.smith.589 - 2012-06-24 17:59

    when is it Ireland's turn to bat?

  • Provence - 2012-06-25 10:14

    Soon to appear, "ALL BLACKS Demolish Springboks"

  • Provence - 2012-06-25 10:20

    Blueraven you are an embarrassment to the South African rugby community. NZ has nothing to prove. They are consistently the best team in the world. Did you watch Sam Cane play on Saturday, the man is actually better than Richie, still a youngster. When Richie retires they already have someone who is better then him. All Blacks rule world rugby. Springboks can only DREAM about this.

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