There’s Some Annoyed Reaction To The Officiating Of Ireland V New Zealand

Hope Soto
November 18, 2018

Asked if Ireland are now World Cup favourites, Schmidt added: "The World Cup?"

A determined Keith Earls run had the majority of the crowd on their feet as Ireland began to make headway and they eventually settled for three points from Sexton's boot when the All Blacks were penalised for offside.

"Ireland, smart as well as accurate; New Zealand doggedly staying in the fight right to the end".

We'll never get exhausted of seeing this.

Ireland were languishing in eighth place in the world rankings when Schmidt took the helm in late 2013.

"A hundred seconds of pretty agonising viewing for us".

"With 20 minutes left to play in South Africa recently they were down 20-13 - that's an incredible turnaround to get up and win that game - but they have made a habit of doing it, albeit sometimes it's by a whisker". "But I know that Joe Schmidt is very process-driven so he will be thinking about how one looks after the other".

Garry Ringrose starts at centre, with Robbie Henshaw still sidelined with a neck injury, alongside Bundee Aki, while Johnny Sexton and Kieran Marmion complete the backs. That said, its last defeat in Dublin came at the hands of New Zealand in November 2016.

"We've just got to be prepared for what they're going to bring".

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"I can't wait to see the aerial battle with Sexton on [full-back Damian] McKenzie and getting the boys chasing him down".

All Blacks boss Hansen lays the credit for their steady rise up the charts at Schmidt's feet, admitting the best way for New Zealand to stop Ireland is to hog the ball themselves. "If you had Murray on there I'd be a lot more confident".

"What most people don't understand is that everybody we play has the game of their lives, because we're the team that they want to beat and they get up for for it".

"New Zealand are renowned for the style of rugby they play, and one to 15 they can all play and put people into space and through holes".

New Zealand this year swept the home series against France, won another Rugby Championship, and overcame the English at Twickenham last weekend by blanking them for the last hour in the rain.

Ireland's Jonathan Sexton after victory over New Zealand in the Autumn International match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

"We've only beaten them once in our history but that monkey is off of our backs and I think it will be a real test as to where we are at against them".

"But there will definitely be a feeling that you can get a one-up on someone you could find yourself meeting at some stage in the World Cup, because they're the best team in the world, and from Ireland's perspective that's either going to be at a quarterfinal stage or in the final".

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