In Wellington it ends 32-22 with goals from van der Flier, Keenan, Henshaw and Hering: coach Farrell’s team wins the series and (2-1) takes the n ° 1 in the world ranking. England won the series against Australia after trailing 21-17 in Sydney
Ireland got a taste: After winning in Christchurch a week ago, Defeated the All Blacks again this morning 32-22 They won the series 2-1 in Wellington. A win over France that would allow coach Andy Farrell’s side to fly to the top of the world rankings from Monday. New Zealand have not lost two consecutive home matches since 1998 (South Africa in Wellington and Australia in Christchurch). He has only lost series at home three times: in 1994 with France (in 2 Tests), in 1986 with Australia (3) and in 1937 with South Africa (2). Heavy dark storm clouds are gathering over coach Ian Foster’s head: The All Blacks have lost two games in a row in Ireland and France on their European tour last November, their fourth defeat in their last five games. To find such a negative streak, we have to go all the way back to 1998, when New Zealand lost 5 in a row (3 with Australia, 2 with South Africa) from July to August. Another European win came in Sydney. England beat Australia 21-17 Won the series 2-1.
A furious start to the game for the Irish as they force the opposition into a defensive mistake in the 22, substituting Jonathan Sexton for a touch on 5m, the ensuing maul unstoppable and Josh van der going to break. Flyer (the opening then misses the difficult transition). 10 Bundy aka in the ruck gives Jordy Barrett a central free kick from forty meters out but he kicks wide. Cody Taylor misses two touch shots in attack to erase the All Blacks’ territorial advantage. Jordi then scored from a more comfortable position in the 23rd minute. But 5 minutes later, Ireland scored a second, spectacular goal: it all starts with a touchdown 10 meters out on the right, leading the way and a gain due to New Zealand’s disorganization, then the play moves left. The players, Trocar, stopped Ake after a break and in the next phase of the game, it was James Law who started Hugo Keenan’s run to the flag with a beautiful inside pass. Sexton converted her and two minutes later made it 15-3. The problem for the All Blacks is the aggressiveness of the Irish defence, which often forces Beauden Barrett to look for solutions at the feet, although it does not create dangerous situations. As if that wasn’t enough, Taylor had his third touch-off in the 36th minute in the opponent’s half: it’s impossible to pull something off without the balls. Two minutes later, the third try comes: it all starts with Nepo Laulala’s breakthrough in the 22 defence, Ireland retain possession at the scrum, advance with a short break to the right, then open up the left to find the pins. A defense is completely broken down so the ball reaches AK through two short passes, which opens up a corridor to the goalpost for Robbie Henshaw. Sexton obviously converted and at the break it was a thrilling 22-3 for Ireland. However, the fury at the start of the second half came from New Zealand, after 24 phases and an attack lasting more than 3 minutes, when the Irish fired 5m out and RD Zavia smashed home from close range. Andrew Porter’s attempt to tackle Brodie Retallick on 51 turns into head-on contact, and the difference in centimeters doesn’t ease the referee’s decision: yellow card for the Irish prop. A minute passed and Akira Ioane’s feat arrived: the flanker receives the ball inside the 22, breaks the first tackle, eludes two others, and even misses Mack Hansen’s last-ditch effort. Jordy Barrett converted both goals and the All Blacks were back to -5, but Sexton on the 56th brought his own goals past the break, then he took the crossbar of the posts from long range in the 59th. The All Blacks try to organize a possession with the ball recovered by the Barrett brothers, which turns unexpectedly fatal when Xavia unearths an inside pass outside the 22 line, through which Jordan cuts through the Irish defence. The wing flies unbroken to the flag in the opposite corner (Jordy lets out a breath this time) -3. But the Irish response is immediate: Ake stops a few meters from the line, Xavia recovers the ball from offside, Sexton once again touches, perfect maul and crushes substitute hooker Rob Herring (Sexton converts). A deep scrum in the defensive 22 puts Ireland under pressure but the All Blacks fail to break, instead, in the confusion they too commit a breach, they continue to attack only to lose two more balls and time is now playing. Favor of Ireland. Now close in on the attack with a tired and frustrated opponent and start celebrating.
The first leg of the game at the Sydney Cricket Ground is flourishing in the draw, but not from the pitch: Noah Lolesio misses his chance and is replaced by Owen Farrell. Australia then scored in the 24th minute: Koroibet went wide from defensive half to the right, Tom Wright out-jumped the first opponent, dived, then brought down Nick White’s inside support as Freddie Steward closed in, returning immediately. In order to comfortably close the wing inside the plane, Jack Nowell’s co-passenger avoids interference. Lolezio converted and put in an easy spot on the 31st after a foul by Billy Vunipola. Farrell hits the post, then picks out White’s hold on a touch-up kick 5m out, the Australians defend, denying two forward attempts, but Jack van Portliet (replaced by Danny Care) fishes out a short pass to the left flag steward, who dives inside the defender and 11- At 10 (Farrell misses the conversion) and goes to rest there. At the start of the second half, Farrell made a point. Australia throw a touch on the halfway line on 55, Lolzio fails to control, Marcus Smith pounces on the loose ball, he collects it and sprints 50 meters impenetrably to the posts, Farrell’s conversion for 21-10. In the 66th, a second penalty from 5 meters out, with the English only able to resort to miscues to slow down the Australian attacks, and late substitute Hooker Folau Fainga broke through from close range, with Lolesio converting. However, the Wallabies can no longer be dangerous and are forced to close even in defence. England calmly defend the advantage and win the game and the series.
July 16, 2022 (Modified July 17, 2022 | 12:31)
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