Dominant Ireland overthrew New Zealand again in Dublin.
DUBLIN: Ireland dominated from start to finish to defeat New Zealand 29-20 at an electric Aviva stadium on Saturday and clinch three wins in the teams’ last five encounters with another excellent performance against the All Blacks.
Ireland, who had never beaten New Zealand until five years ago, took a 46-14 beating in their last clash two years ago, but attempts by James Lowe, Ronan Kelleher, and Caelan Doris yielded a well-deserved victory.
“It’s such a special feeling to have a crowd back, we’ve been waiting for it for so long,” Doris, the man of the match, said in an interview off the court.
After the first full house at Aviva Stadium in 21 months tried to drown the Haka with a rendition of ‘The Fields of Athenry,’ Ireland responded by showing their intention to play the kind of fast-paced rugby that beat Japan by 60 points. . In the past week.
They weren’t given the same kind of space and it was the All Blacks who came closest to opening the scoring through electric Will Jordan before Codie Taylor’s yellow card for a high tackle on Johnny Sexton gave the initiative the lead. hosts.
That was to be New Zealand’s last attack for most of the half as Ireland took advantage with ruthless precision, going to the corner in place of the sticks with the resulting penalty and when their group failed to pass over, the ball shot out for Lowe to score against his native New Zealand.
Ireland remained camped in the All Blacks half, even as the visitors returned to their full set of players, and somehow ended up losing 10-5 at halftime.
After a try to Tadhg Furlong was rejected, New Zealand took the lead out of nowhere. Dalton Papalii broke from the back of a lineout into a huge hole in the Irish defense and Taylor was by his side to finish.
Ireland was back within inches of scoring just before the break, this time through Sexton, but the determined All Blacks went ahead at halftime after hitting 160 tackles against Ireland’s 37 in the first 40 minutes.
The attack continued into the second half and the dam was broken when hooker Kelleher’s try in the 44th minute leveled the score.
The initial defensive effort was taking its toll on New Zealand, who also lost high midfielder Beauden Barrett to a head injury in the first half, and Leinster wing Doris broke through to add a third try soon after.
Sexton’s first conversion of the day and a quick additional penalty put the hosts 20-10 in front before Jordan’s 17th try since 11 caps set a tense final 20 minutes.
But Ireland held their own with replacement Joey Carbery, who scored three late penalties, one from the midline, before the full house erupted with the final whistle.