The All Blacks managed to beat Ireland six to three at Eden Park in Auckland this Saturday (42-19), thanks to a brace from their third center line, RD Xavia.
Don’t bother all blacks! The Irish brutally dominated the first quarter of an hour to lead (0-5) after Keith Earls’ (6th) try and were back in the saddle with an interception (21st) when they gasped. Ahead of their in-goal, Jordy Barrett would score the first of their six tries in the back 21, even a forward was destroyed…
The Irish did not win
In the final ten minutes of this first period, the New Zealanders were often opportunistic, sharp and ruthless, making good use of every opportunity they got to get past the Green defence, with grazing passes or percussion, break holds and inspired hooks. . Result: Three tries from Sevu Rees (30), Quinn Tupeia (35) and RD Savea (38).
53rd (35-12) which Zavia won his double after a fifty-metre personal gain, speeding through the Irish defense and surrounded by three attacking solutions… For their part, the Irish could. Gary Ringrose (44th) found a solution in the open seas but they failed, with Joey Carbery (58th) and Josh van der Flier (59th) not trying each time…
Late in the game, when a sixth try (70th, Savokula) was conceded to bring the score to 42-12, the Irish had another strong moment, undisciplined (five deliberate fouls between 70th and 76th), and finally allied Blacks Irish center Bundy Aki. Collapsed on 77 after conceding the third try he scored. But, in a testament to their character, they managed to withstand the final Irish attacks.
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