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  • 08:09
    Welcome to the Irish Times live blog. John O'Sullivan here to take you through the next two hours as Ireland chase a first ever victory over the All Blacks. They came mighty close last Saturday, before a late Dan Carter drop goal saw them go down 22-19.

    The New Zealand media don't give Ireland a prayer. They expect a backlash from the All Blacks. Three pages in today's New Zealand Herald and not an Irish quote in sight. There's only one team and that's the world champions.
  • 08:14
    New Zealand have made several changes including wings Ben Smith and Hosea Gear. There's no Dan Carter, who is out with a hamstring injury, and he's replaced by the in-form Aaron Cruden. Liam Messam and Sam Cane are in the backrow while Luke Romano in the secondrow.

    Ireland are without the injured Gordon D'Arcy and Jamie Heaslip. Keith Earls comes in on the wing, Paddy Wallace in the centre while Peter O'Mahony joins Kevin McLaughlin and Sean O'Brien in the backrow.
  • 08:20
    Ireland coach Declan KIdney isn't giving much away in the pre-match interview. Mind you he did correct his interviewer who pointed out the absence of several New Zealand players by suggesting that the missing Paul O'Connell and Jamie Heaslip, to name but two, would add a bit of value to Ireland.

    He finished by saying: "We must stick to what we do best."
  • 08:27
    Weather conditions are good in Hamilton. It's a calm, mild night and the pitch surface is good. Ireland take to the pitch trying to end 107 years without a win against the All Blacks.
  • 08:28
    Paddy Wallace has a nice tan. He joined up with the Ireland squad this week straight from a family holiday in Portugal after D'Arcy was injured last Saturday. Richie McCaw leads out the home side in his 100th test.
  • 08:29
    Ireland's Call sung by the same lady who sang it last week. Rebecca Nelson. Is it an omen? Are we clutching at straws?
  • 08:31
    Elizabeth Marvelly gets hers tonsils around God Defend New Zealand
  • 08:32
    It's Piri Weepu time. Haka
  • 08:35
    Romain Poite is the referee.
  • 08:37
    One minute and 30 seconds of continuous play as both sides turn over the ball. First lineout of the match. Ireland throw. Wom. Box kick.
  • 08:38
    Apparently New Zealand secondrow Luke Romano wears size 17 boots.
  • 08:39
    Conor Murray way too slow at the base of a ruck. You can't take that time. The counter-ruck from New Zealand turns over ball. Early lesson and one that must be heeded.
  • 08:43
    New Zealand try. Sam Cane. Look to be two forward passes but it's given. Ireland fell off too many tackles in that passage of play. Great pass from Aaron Cruden to try scorer. Cruden adds the conversion.

    New Zealand 7 Ireland 0
  • 08:47
    New Zealand come in the side at the breakdown but O'Driscoll is penalised for sealing off. Ireland are being dominated in all the collision areas and it looks worrying. Poite is calling Richie McCaw, 'Richie;' that's also worrying.
  • 08:48
    11 mins:  New Zealand try. Sonny Bill Williams. Cruden, wonderfully play. Great dummy initially and then sumptuous offload in the tackle having broken the initial line. Williams just had to cruise to the line. Cruden conversion.

    New Zealand 14 Ireland 0
  • 08:49
    If Ireland don't ramp up their intensity in every facet of play, this is going to be a 'blackwash.'
  • 08:52
    Ireland trying to play but they're making mistakes and turning over possession. It's poor game management too. Peter O'Mahony penalised at the breakdown. Cruden misses. That is a massive let-off.
  • 08:53
    Ireland's defensive line is passive; they're drifting rather than getting up to meet the ball carriers. New Zealand can dominate the tackle because they have the momentum. Ireland are back on their own line.
  • 08:55
    18 mins: New Zealand try. Sonny BIll Williams. Terrible defence again by Ireland. Williams goes through Dan Tuohy and Paddy Wallace. Israel Dagg kicks the conversion.

    New Zealand 21 Ireland 0
  • 08:57
    There's many cliches you could use to describe Ireland's ineptitude and that sadly is the word for Ireland's performance so far. New Zealand have been very good but they have been allowed a free reign to do as they please.  
  • 09:01
    Ireland are becoming a liability to themselves. Right on cue. They butcher a move in the New Zealand 22. Cruden latches onto the loose ball and three passes later. Ben Smith is cruising over the Irish line. New Zealand try. Dagg misses conversion.

    New Zealand 26 Ireland 0
  • 09:02
    Bowden Barrett on for Cruden as the latter heads down the tunnel. Cruden was brilliant in those 20 minutes. Another Irish handling error.
  • 09:04
    As a spectacle this is about as appealing at baby seal clubbing. There's a lot more Irish blood though on display. Another handling error. Penalised for crossing just before that. Everything touched by a player in green is going wrong.
  • 09:12
    Good sustained Irish pressure in the New Zealand 22 and then Sexton fires the ball behind O'Driscoll. McCaw was offside at the ruck so Ireland get a penalty and elect to go for the scrum.

    Tony Woodcock should have been penalised for coming in on an angle but once again Ireland's protection of the ball is crass. Ball wasn't out of the scrum but when you're 26-0 down you're not going to get too much.
  • 09:16
    If it's possible to make a poor decision in possession then an Ireland player will do so. Donnacha Ryan makes a great break but throws a 20-80 pass for Tuohy and McCaw wins the ball at the ruck. Ireland are now 60 metres down the pitch again.
  • 09:18
    Ireland's ball carriers are too high in terms of body position and they're going in ones and twos, getting isolated and making it hard to retain possession. Too many numbers then have to be committed to the ruck and New Zealand can defend with ease further out.
  • 09:22
    That is just a ridiculous decision from Poite. Kearney has been sin binned. Sure he uses a hand to stop the pass but he almost regathers it. He went for the ball. Barrett kicks the penalty in first half injury time.

    Half-time: New Zealand 29 Ireland 0
  • 09:26
    Watched the Kearney yellow card again in slow motion, Poite applies the letter of the law in terms of a player going one-handed for a ball but the fact that the Irish fullback is not deliberately knocking down the ball and tries to regain possession makes it harsh in the extreme.  

    That aside, this has been as poor an Irish performance as there has been for quite some time. The lack of precision, line speed, game management and ball retention is hugely disappointing from an Irish perspective.
  • 09:28
    Even in possession, Ireland are flinging the ball at each other. At this point, and based on the first 40 minutes, this could be a record defeat. It'll be a measure of the character of a tired and after that first half physically battered team to see how they come back with after the interval.  
  • 09:31

    Keven Mealamu on to win his 93rd cap, beating the record of Sky Sports pundit Sean Fitzpatrick.

  • 09:32
    We're back on. Ireland down to 14 men for another nine minutes.  
  • 09:36
    Ireland have conceded again; some shocking defence. Sam Cane gets his second try and Barrett converts. Good work from Messam in the build-up.

    New Zealand 36 Ireland 0 
  • 09:37

    Cian Healy great carry. He's having a fine game in adversity.

  • 09:39
    It's really annoying when Poite fawns to McCaw.
  • 09:43
    49 mins: Hosea Gear try. Rory Best overthrows to Irish lineout 30 metres from the New Zealand line. Great offload from Conrad Smith in the tackle and Gear outpaces McFadden and goes through Earls tackle (the Irish player caught an elbow for going high) to touch down. Barrett misses conversion.

    New Zealand 41 Ireland 0
  • 09:45
    craig After all the years of Poite screwing Munster over, you'd think people would have copped onto him by now. He has openly admitted hating Irish rugby , yet no one will ever speak out against him!
  • 09:48
    Andrew Trimble on for Earls but the Munster man returns after being patched up. Ronan O'Gara on for Paddy Wallace. Chris Henry on for McLaughlin.  
  • 09:50
    Donncha O'Callaghan on and the first thing he does is give away a penalty.
  • 09:50
    tony irish rugby has to be much stronger in attack and defence, then we won't have to care who the ref is or what the ref thinks
  • 09:53

    57 mins: New Zealand try. Liam Messam try. Good offloading but Ireland's defence is shocking once again: flat footed and passive. Barrett misses the conversion.

    New Zealand 46 Ireland 0

  • 09:53
    Joe plunkett Would McCaw be such a great player if he actually played by the rules?
  • 09:57
    Rob Kearney gives away a penalty for catching McCaw in the air from the kick-off. New Zealand kick penalty into Irish 22 but a rare error sees the home side turn over possession.

    Ireland coach Declan Kidney has emptied the bench: Sean Cronin, Eoin Reddan, Declan Fitzpatrick on. Weepu on for New Zealand, so too Retallick  
  • 09:57
    craig I don't know why Kidney opted for Wallace at 12, there were a few options he could have made to mix things up a bit. Darcy and O Driscoll work well together because Darcy can make the tackles that O Driscoll can't on his inside shoulder. Putting Wallace in there was never going to work as he can't tackle. O Gara at 10 and Sexton into 12, prob would have worked a lot better. O Gara could control the game , and there wouldn't be as many breaks in midfield as sexton is a stronger tackler than wallace
  • 09:59
    62 mins: Dagg try. Gorgeous grubber kick from Williams and Dagg outpaces Keith Earls. Barrett conversion.

    New Zealand 53 Ireland 0
  • 10:01
    At the moment the margin on the scorebard equals the previous biggest disparity when the All Blacks beat Ireland 59-6 in Wellington in 1992. 
  • 10:04
    Sorry Sean Cronin's only come on now. Best tried very hard and was one of Ireland's better players.
  • 10:05
    Ireland have 10 minutes to try and score and at the same time not concede any more points. Sam 'two tries' Cane off, Adam Thomson on.
  • 10:09
    New Zealand's ninth try. Thomson. Another Ireland turnover. Barrett conversion.

    New Zealand 59 Ireland 0
  • 10:10

    Sorry the Scoreline should read

    New Zealand 60 Ireland 0 

  • 10:12
    Three and a half minutes to go.
  • 10:13
    Cian This is an embaresment to Irish rugby
  • 10:13
    One final chance to score for Ireland. LIneout in New Zealand 22.
  • 10:15
    Ireland turnover possession at the ruck. It's been such a Achilles heel on the night. One game too far for Ireland. New Zealand have been impressive on the night but their opponents have contributed to that dominance.
  • 10:16
    craig @Cian , an embarrassment yes, but more so a wake up call. Irish Rugby is not where it use to be no matter how much we think it is. We are only the 4th best team in the 6th nations and we are playing the world champions. Kidney needs to rethink his team selection and how he has them playing.
  • 10:21
    It's over. It's the biggest ever winning margin for New Zealand over Ireland. They didn't allow the visitors a single point. The All Blacks played some great rugby at times, their vision, offloading, intensity, tackling, aggression were always light years ahead of the visitors.

    Ireland have never beaten New Zealand in 107 years

    It's 88 years since New Zealand stopped Ireland scoring.

    Won't offer any more painful statistics.
  • 10:21
    Barry It seems to me that the players need to hold their hands up. Turnovers have been a feature of the play for too long. The coaches can say what they like until they are blue in the face. The players have to deliver and they do not on a consistent basis
  • 10:22
    tony IRFU have to rethink the national team set up including the coach. At this moment its just not good enough. Sad
  • 10:23

    Brian O'Driscoll: "The scoreline was a bit embarrassing. We started terribly this week; they really came after us and were able to play their game. We made too many errors."

  • 10:23
    Keith Ireland's biggest fault is their inconsistency. I'd trade token wins against Aus just to perform well at 6 nations
  • 10:24

    Final score: New Zealand 60 Ireland 0

  • 10:25
    Gail I'm gutted to hear what the final score was. We were hoping the Irish team would win this game. we love the Irish never-the-less. Gail & Adi from NZ
  • 10:28

    Thank you for your company. Gerry Thornley's match report and some post match reaction will be up on line in about half an hour.