Ireland v New Zealand

The bell rings for the second round as Ireland take on the wounded All Blacks in Dublin

Patrick Madden Sat, Nov 19
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  • Choose the weekend. Choose the crisp lick of a November evening. Choose Test match Saturday. Choose a packed Lansdowne Road. Choose the breath-filled air. Choose burgers and onions. Choose a nervous pre-match pint. Choose memories of America. Choose Chicago. Choose Robbie Henshaw bullocking his way over for that clinching score. Choose tears of joy. Choose 111 years of hurt consigned to the rubbish bin. Choose the rematch. Choose the return of the totemic Retallick and Whitelock. Choose Seanie O'Brien. Choose the wounded world champions. Choose Joe Schmidt's history boys. Choose Dublin. Choose Ireland against the All Blacks.

    Choose round two.

    Choose history.

  • Good afternoon! Everybody ready?
  • IRELAND:  R Kearney (Leinster); A Trimble (Ulster), J Payne (Ulster), R Henshaw (Leinster), S Zebo (Munster); J Sexton (Leinster), C Murray (Munster); J McGrath (Leinster), R Best (Ulster, capt), T Furlong (Leinster), D Ryan (Munster), D Toner (Leinster), CJ Stander (Munster), S O’Brien (Leinster), J Heaslip (Leinster).  Replacements:  S Cronin (Leinster), C Healy (Leinster), F Bealham (Connacht), I Henderson (Ulster), J Van der Flier (Leinster), K Marmion (Connacht), P Jackson (Ulster), G Ringrose (Leinster).

    NEW ZEALAND:  B Smith; I Dagg, M Fekitoa, A Lienert-Brown, J Savea; B Barrett, A Smith; J Moody, D Coles, O Franks, B Retallick, S Whitelock, L Squire, S Cane, K Read (capt).  Replacements:  C Taylor, W Crockett, C Faumuina, S Barrett, A Savea, TJ Perenara, A Cruden, W Naholo.

    Referee:  Jaco Peyper (South Africa).

  • Anybody for a good omen? Conor O'Shea's Italy have just beaten South Africa 20-18.

    Just over an hour until kick off at the Aviva Stadium as Ireland look to defeat the mighty All Blacks for the second time this month.

  • Julian madigan Will be screaming at the TV here in Calgary Alberta Canada...#greenisthenewblack
  • It's almost Calgary-cold in Dublin today.

    Anybody else watching the match in a far-flung location? Get in touch!

  • Phil Dunne Watching from San Pedro in northern Chile, hoping the wifi holds out! Hon the lads
  • You're making me jelaous Phil.

    Anybody for some pre-match reading? 'Cause I've got plenty for you.

    You can read Gerry Thornley's match preview HERE.

    New Zealand Herald journalist and rugby expert Gregor Paul has written the All Blacks still hate to lose, despite their good natured response to defeat in Chicago. Read that HERE.

    Read Gerry Thornley on Kiwi hooker Dane Coles HERE.

    And read Gavin Cummiskey on the 'Schmidt factor' HERE.  

  • Steve Hansen says the All Blacks aren't interested in revenge - he just wants to see a good performance today. Take that one with a pinch of salt.

    It's hard to deny Ireland face an even sterner test tonight than they did in Chicago. They have poked the bear, and it is unlikely the world champions will be as under par as they were last time out. The return of their two secondrows, Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock, is huge - they are the best partnership in the world.

    But Ireland have Sean O'Brien back in the saddle and he joins CJ Stander and Jamie Heaslip in a backrow with serious ball carrying ability. Aside from that, Schmidt has kept faith in the 15 players who conquered the Kiwis.

  • Aoife O'Gorman Following the feed from my bed in Auckland, NZ. Word on the street is that if the All Blacks don't 'do the business' today - Steve will be out of a job!
  • Esther, Jarlath, Paula Tuned in on the drive back from Moab UT to Vancouver BC! Go on Ireland!!
  • As if the All Blacks didn't have enough motivation already, yesterday marks one year since the death of Jonah Tali Lomu. The greatest.
  • Hard to beat a November Saturday stacked with top class sport. Elsewhere this afternoon England have thrashed Fiji 58-15, while Wales escaped a scare against Japan in Cardiff, edging it 33-30.
  • The teams are in the tunnel.

    Buckle up.

  • Fireworks greet the two sides. Anthems, Haka etc on the way.
  • Handshakes from Michael D. Time for the anthems.
  • A huge roar greets the end of Ireland's Call. The Aviva is crackling.
  • Ireland, still in their pre-match tracksuits, gather on the 10 to face the Haka.
  • No response - Ireland straight off to get togged.
  • Beauden Barrett to kick off for the All Blacks.

    WE'RE OFF!!

  • 1 min: A scrappy start. Good kickchase from New Zealand and the ball falls back for them. A loose pass from scrumhalf Smith has the All Blacks scrambling but they retain it with Sean O'Brien down receiving attention. Danger for Ireland as the All Blacks run it left with Savea coming in off his wing - but O'Brien forces a turnover.
  • A truly brutal early onslaught from the All Blacks. They own the ball in the opening stages, hammering away at the Irish line. After Dagg nearly darts over the ball comes back for Barrett, who switches the point of attack with a crossfield kick to Fekitoa and he skips past Murray before reaching for the score.

    Barrett converts.


  • 5 min: Good response from Ireland, putting the All Blacks receivers under pressure and forcing a loose pass. Aaron Smith box kicks from under his own posts and Ireland have a lineout on the visitor's 10.
  • 6 min: Ireland lose the lineout but Furlong pounces on the loose ball. Heaslip makes a booming carry, shunting opposite number Read out of the way and offloading to O'Brien who is brilliantly held up by Barrett. Ireland have a five-metre scrum.
  • 8 min: The scrum wheels and Heaslip picks and goes. Ireland get quick ball and Stander is held up over the line. Penalty for Ireland and they debate going for the corner before sense prevails and Sexton knocks over an easy three points. On the board.


  • 10 min: Henshaw dances out of one tackle and into another one from Sam Cane. He's down on the deck after getting a shoulder to the chops. Referee Jaco Payper goes upstairs - it's slightly high but they reckon he tried to wrap his arms round Henshaw and Ireland will have a penalty, but nothing more.
  • Henshaw is in real trouble here and Garry Ringrose is coming on. Get stuck in, lad.
  • Henshaw has waved to show the Aviva crowd he's ok, but unfortunately his race is run and he's being carted off.
  • 11 min: Sexton nudges the kick into All Blacks territory and Ireland get quick ball off the top. They move it right and O'Brien is there to clear up when it goes loose in midfield. Good passage from Ireland, moving it across the pitch, and Ringrose makes his first carry.
  • 12 min: The ball slows down for Ireland and they kick. Barrett carries from deep and chips ahead of Best before retaining it and nearly slipping it off to Dagg - but Trimble intercepts, knocking it forward in the process.
  • Excellent from Barrett, piercing the Irish defence with an arcing run from the 10 and cruising over. BUT - Sexton makes a brilliant covering tackle ingoal, rolling Barrett and nearly holding the ball up - but the TMO says he can see a clear grounding, even though nobody else can. Contentious.

    Barrett converts.


  • 16 min: Irish lineout on the right, just shy of the All Blacks 22. They get good ball before setting the maul infield and earning a penalty advantage. Free play, and a lovely loop in midfield sees Sexton sweep it out to Zebo who dances inside. It turns into a frantic, frayed passage of play and the ref blows up for the penalty after another All Blacks infringement.

    YELLOW CARD! Aaron Smith is in the bin for spoiling around the fringes.

  • Sexton has just made his way down the Aviva tunnel and Paddy Jackson is on - looks like he got a knock to the head.
  • 18 min: Jackson kicks into the corner and Ireland win the lineout - but then get pinged for crossing. Imperative they capitalise on their man advantage.
  • 21 min: A loose pass on halfway from Barrett is knocked on by Franks and Ireland seize on it - the ball is moved out to Zebo on the right and he gets Ireland up to the 22. Stander makes a huge carry on the left and then Heaslip straightens the line and carries deep into the Irish 22. A fantastic passage of play comes to an end with Ireland awarded a scrum under the posts.

  • Jesus this is absolutely brutal. Now Stander is forced off - he runs down the tunnel - and Josh van der Flier comes on. Again, hard to see what happened to him but that's another blow. Henshaw, Sexton and Stander all gone.
  • 22 min: Ireland win the scrum and Read is penalised for offside - that was ridiculously cynical. Ireland play on before it's brought back for another penalty under the posts. Jackson will go for goal.

    The replacement outhalf slots an easy kick.


  • 25 min: Another good kickchase from the All Blacks and Retallick wins it in the air. But then O'Brien hits back with a monster turnover on halfway.
  • 26 min: Another All Blacks infringement - quelle surprise - and Ireland have a penalty which Jackson sends to touch on the left.
  • 27 min: Ireland lose the lineout before Furlong tidies things up - but then he has it ripped off him by Coles.
  • 28 min: All Blacks moving it dangerously from deep - Ben Smith joining the line and dancing up to the halfway. Aaron Smith is back on.
  • 29 min: Disallowed try for the All Blacks. Ireland move it from a scrum deep in their own half and Barrett pickpockets Jackson as he tries to change the angle, before ghosting over the line. Has to be a knock on - and replays show it was.
  • 30 min: Heaslip does well to dig the ball out of the scrum and Murray can clear. The All Blacks set the maul but Ireland defend it brilliantly and force New Zealand out.
  • 32 min: Ireland win their lineout ball and Murray kicks to start a frantic, scrambling passage of play. Barrett swings a deep pass out to Savea on the wing but overcooks it. Ireland press but Savea keeps it in and the All Blacks attack from deep. They run up countless phases but the Irish defence is heroic and they turn it over deep inside their own half. Breathless.
  • 35 min: Stunning turnover from Ireland on halfway, Best and Payne holding Julian Savea up and forcing a penalty. Great effort.
  • 36 min: Controlled scrum from Ireland and they force another penalty. Jackson finds touch.
  • 37 min: Good ball for Ireland from the lineout - Toner rising above Retallick - and they move it left. Trimble stabs a kick in behind for Zebo to scamper after but Dagg covers well.  
  • 38 min: Jackson straightens the line and Murray looks for quick ball but the All Blacks slow it down. Van der Flier spills a short ball and Ireland recover before being pinged for holding on.
  • 39 min: Testing crossfield kick from Barrett but it's too big for Savea - Kearney had it covered.
  • That was tough.  
  • The teams are back out in Dublin. Ireland are still in this - but the body count is already high. Huge 40 minutes coming up.
  • Jackson has the ball in hand - we're back underway!
  • 41 min: Early possession for Ireland. Van Der Flier takes a short ball from Furlong on an excellent angle and Ireland are up to the All Blacks 22.
  • 42 min: Ireland still have the ball. Jackson changes the angle and tries to pop off to Best but the ball goes loose - it went backwards though and hosts keep racking up the phases. Furlong and McGrath make big carries - but then McGrath gets pinged for holding on.  

    Good start to the half from Ireland - but that was a lot of effort for no points.

  • 43 min: Savea gets turned and the ball goes loose for the All Blacks. Ringrose hacks upfield and Ireland press but Barrett covers brilliantly. Ireland win a scrum though, deep in All Blacks territory.
  • 45 min: Plenty of territory for Ireland just shy of the All Blacks 22. The visitor's defensive line is miserly but Ireland keep hammering away and get closer to the All Blacks line. Another mammoth passage of play for Ireland but again it's for nothing - the ball goes forward and the All Blacks have a scrum.
  • 48 min: Well in Conor Murray. An Aaron Smith boxkick goes straight up in the air and his opposite number claims it. Ireland move it left to Zebo who gets clotheslined by Fekitoa, who is sent straight into the bin. Ireland kick into the corner. Come on.
  • 49 min: Heaslip claims the lineout and O'Brien snipes for the line but knocks forward in the process - he would have been over.
  • 51 min: Another good Irish lineout and they hammer the shortside with another penalty advantage coming - for another high tackle. Free phase and Jackson tries a crossfield kick to Trimble who takes brilliantly before being hauled out. The penalty goes into the corner again, Ireland really need to capitalise.
  • 52 min: Ireland set the maul and grind their way towards the line - Heaslip marshalling things with aplomb. Eventually they have to use it but numbers are thin out wide. Van Der Flier tries to pass it out of the tackle and it goes loose. The All Blacks punce and Ireland concede a penalty. Stunning defence from the Kiwis.
  • 55 min: Bullocking carry from O'Brien and Ireland are up to halfway, before Jackson dances further into enemy territory. Zebo kicks ahead and Kearney hares after it but it just won't fall for Ireland.

    The All Blacks look to run it back from deep and Ireland force a penalty. The players are saying corner - but the instruction comes from the touchline to go for the posts. Jackson slots it.


  • 58 min: New scrumhalf Perenara chips over the Irish line but Ringrose makes a superb read to mop up the danger.
  • 60 min: Cian Healy is on and he tries to zip a pass out to Zebo on the left but it's poor and the All Blacks have a lineout. They take it quickly to Cruden who lumps a brilliant clearance downfield.
  • 61 min: A spell of possession for the All Blacks centre field. Tone empties Coles on the left and Ringrose makes a big hit on Barrett in midfield but the All Blacks are relentless - until Ireland force a turnover. Ringrose stabs a little kick in behind but the bounce is kind for the covering Barrett.
  • 62 min: Dagg looks for a second like he's got away on the right but Zebo manages to scrag him and the offload won't drop for the All Blacks. This is breathless and brutal.
  • 64 min: Ireland made to work hard to win their scrum ball - but they dig it out. They look to run it before it's cleared to Ben Smith who runs it back.
  • Sucker punch. That was quite brilliant from the All Blacks. Barrett takes a pass from Lienert-Brown out of the tackle and flicks it inside to Perenara, who flips it to Fekitoa on the left around the back of the covering Trimble. It looks like it could be forward - but the ref isn't going to consult with the TMO, and Best is rightly fuming. Still, that was class.

    Barrett converts.


  • 69 min: Zebo gets caught on the edge of the 22 but gets away with it after the All Blacks are pinged AGAIN. Good touch from Jackson - Ireland need points quickly.
  • 70 min: Ireland work it right and it's looped out to Trimble. He nearly gets away from Ben Smith but he just makes the tackle and rolls him into touch.
  • 71 min: Ireland still enjoying plenty of possession - but crucially they havent got territory. Another barnstorming carry from O'Brien gets them into the All Blacks half.
  • 72 min: Van Der Flier breaks the line and zooms up towards the All Blacks 22. He's a bit isolated but green shirts arrive to help Ireland retain the ball. Last chance saloon - they need a score from this visit.
  • 73 min: And they don't get it - Cronin knocking forward. New Zealand's scramble defence has been outstanding today - they've been inpenetrable.  
  • 74 min: Ringrose gets free and is just hauled down on the 22 as he looks to open up. Ireland camped on the 22 and racking the phases up. Huge carry from Heaslip - but he spills forward in the tackle. Chance gone.
  • 76 min: The All Blacks scrum is resolute and Cruden clears his lines - Ireland running out of time.
  • 77 min: Ireland refusing to give up the ghost and continue to try and move it but the gap won't come - and the inevitable turnover does.
  • 79 min: Cute chip over the All Blacks line from Jackson and Payne is there to collect - but he spills it forward. Story of the second half.
  • 80 min: The clock is dead but the All Blacks are looking for a fourth score. Perenara breaks and is absolutely snotted by Kearney. But the visitors stay on the front foot - moving it in the Irish 22 - before it eventually goes loose.
  • MOTM Barrett: "It feels a bit better. We really had to work tonight, it was a true Test match. A couple of yellow cards... we had to dig deep."
  • Rory Best: "You can't fault the effort with this group of players. We're proibably disppointed with the way we started the game and with the first half in general... we came out with more impetus in the second half but we just couldn't find that try...if you want to beat the All Blacks you need to score more than nine points."
  • Kieran Read: "A hell of a tough Test match. We had to work really hard for it...the boys just dug in."
  • Joe Schmidt: "It's incredibly was frustrating. If Seanie holds onto that ball off the back of the lineout I think he's going to score. We had a couple of really good platforms to score and we didn't capitalise. But we will learn from this...It was a true competition, a true Test match."
  • Thanks for joining tonight. Ireland gave it everything - but New Zealand's extra bit of class won out in the end.

    Bring on the Aussies next week. Cya!