Rugby: Ireland’s historic feat in All Black land

Ireland, thanks to a match full of control, signed Saturday in Wellington a second consecutive victory against the All Blacks in New Zealand (32-22), thus postponing for the first time…

Ireland, thanks to a match full of control, signed Saturday in Wellington a second consecutive victory against the All Blacks in New Zealand (32-22), thus winning for the first time its summer tour on New Zealand soil. .

It is also the first time that the All Blacks have lost two games in a row at home against a European team since the victory of France during their tour in 1994. A camouflage of size for coach Ian Foster, more than ever threatened .

With this success, acquired thanks to four tries, against three for New Zealand, Ireland will resume the chair of world N.1 on Monday.

The first period was totally Irish, the All Blacks seeming lost, disoriented in the face of this green furia. Quite the opposite of the second which saw the awakening of New Zealanders, authors of three tests in 16 minutes.

But the teammates of Johnny Sexton, again imperial (12 points) at just 37 years old, did not tremble, resisting until the last moment to snatch a precious victory.

“It’s a very special day because we’re playing against the best in the world. To come here and do it is very, very special,” Captain Sexton told the BBC.

Green Recital

As was the case during the first two test matches, Andy Farrell’s men hit hard from the start of the match. Following an error by New Zealand captain Sam Cane, who was much criticized from the start of this tour, the XV du Clover

The Irish then choose the touch rather than attempt the three points, aiming just since on a magnificent ball carried, the third Josh van der Flier flattens in force for the first try of the meeting.

Sexton then failed to convert (5-0), but Ireland’s dominance continued, repelling the team’s assaults at Fern.

It was not until the 23rd minute that Jordie Barrett, facing the poles, reduced the score (5-3).

The Irish then follow up with a magnificent movement from the three-quarters, which shifts their back Hugo Keenan for the second try of the Greens, at the forefront.

Sexton, this time, transformed without problem (12-3, 28th), passing the symbolic bar of 1,000 points in selection.

He then worsened the score (15-3, 32nd), despite the whistles from the Wellington stadium, disappointed with the performance of his team which made a lot of effort but multiplied the clumsiness, too often losing the ball.

On the Irish side, we are not there, on the contrary: the rugby of the XV of Clover is so fluid that logically it pays off, with a third try, again superb, following a scrum and signed by the center Robbie Henshaw , on an offering from his teammate Bundee Aki (22-3, 37th).

Black Revolt

Returning from the locker room, Ian Foster’s men immediately sounded the revolt, launching a ball-in-head attack against the Irish defense, using patience to chain around twenty phases of play, to finally flatten by third line Ardie Savea (22-10, 44th).

The All Black “machine” is then set in motion. Taking advantage of a numerical inferiority of Ireland, deprived of Andrew Porter, released on yellow card, Akira Ioane, tenured at the last minute in place of Scott Barrett, injured in a leg, rushes into the Irish defense to flatten everything in power.

A transformation of Jordie Barrett later, and New Zealand is only 5 points (22-17) from his opponent, enough to believe again.

A few minutes later, on a nice pass from Savea, Will Jordan pierces, fixes Sexton and accelerates to sign a try from more than 60 meters (25-22, 60th).

Ireland, however, did not let themselves be dismantled and on a beautiful ball carried, scored their fourth try by hooker Rob Herring, who had just entered the lawn (32-22, 65th).

And the end of the meeting is marked by the composure of the Irish, united and solid until the end.


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