All Blacks vulnerable after loss to Ireland, Wallabies, Peter FitzSimons

by Leon Thompson November 20, 2018, 0:29
All Blacks vulnerable after loss to Ireland, Wallabies, Peter FitzSimons

The game inevitably opened up and New Zealand's backline became more of a feature but Ireland, saved again by O'Mahony before he limped off to a hero's ovation on the hour, survived the onslaught.

Dan Carter tweeted a popular opinion after Ireland's spine-tingling 16-9 win over New Zealand black on Saturday evening.

Ireland will be boosted by the "chase" of New Zealand still holding onto their world number one ranking according to Luke McGrath as he heaped praise on Wigan RL legend Andy Farrell. Best a thoughtful and erudite man is never one to blow his own trumpet as when he responded to how it felt to go off to a standing ovation when he was replaced in the second-half.

The IRFU have confirmed that seven players have returned to their provinces as they leave the Ireland camp in Carton House. "I thought it was for Tadgh (Furlong a prop) as he was outstanding", said Best. "I wouldn't see any point doing that".

But finally there can be real debate over which team is the world's best right now, with Ireland palpably peaking in class and belief. That he did and probably dispelled doubts about his ability to lead the team into the Six Nations and then the World Cup.

CLODAGH KILCOYNE  REUTERS
CLODAGH KILCOYNE REUTERS

Betfair spokesperson Katie Baylis said: "England gave the world champions a huge scare last weekend, but Ireland, as world number two pose an even bigger threat and there are plenty of Kiwis, of which I am one of them, who are more than a little nervous about tonight's clash". "It's not rocket science it's everyone performing their role", said Schmidt.

Ireland boss Schmidt insisted afterwards, however, that All Blacks coach Hansen installing his men as World Cup favourites should be viewed as a cute ruse. "There were times when we did get severed but the great thing about "Faz" is he will look at those and say there are a couple of solutions there what do you think guys?"

Strong defence is the rock that this victory is based on but every side needs a sharp finisher and Ireland possess one in Jacob Stockdale.

"We've got a bit of work to do over summer - we're not going to fix it in a week, but we will fix it".

That was as close as New Zealand would come and Stockdale quickly made up for his error as a brilliant lineout move - a Joe Schmidt special - switched play back onto the blindside to put the Ulster winger into space to chip through and collect. "He is a fantastic player".

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