All Blacks captain Read praises Ireland

Jacob Stockdale

Jacob Stockdale

Ireland and New Zealand have met 31 times since their first match in 1905, with the All Blacks recording 28 wins to Ireland's brace of victories.

Joe Schmidt's side finally defeated the All Blacks for the first time in Chicago past year and proved that was no flash in the pan at a raucous Aviva Stadium.

"The depth of their experience, the number of centurions they've got - or guys with 70-80 caps - it is formidable and it would be a huge feather in these players' cap if they could topple them". "I thought Rory Best described it pretty well afterwards", Schmidt said. Undeterred by having had one chip charged down by Kieran Read early in the second-half - which fortunately the All Blacks captain then knocked on as a try beckoned - he went for it again later in the half and this time it paid off big time as he ran on to collect it and score his 12th try in just 14 Tests. "We want to be as good as we can be".

The win over New Zealand gave Joe Schmidt his second win over the All Blacks in the last two years, and while New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen said that Ireland are now probably the favourites for next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan, Joe Schmidt wasn't quite buying into that line of thinking.

The wider implications could be profound.

Ireland's coach masterminded a 16-9 win in Dublin.




Barrett quickly levelled the scoring again, this time with an effortless drop goal from distance, but Ireland continued to put the pressure on with 22-year-old lock James Ryan once more hugely impressive all over the park.

There was a twinkle in Jacob Stockdale's eye as he considered the question. Ireland, nevertheless, still chose to dust down a classic Schmidt manoeuvre off a lineout, with Sexton switching the ball right to Bundee Aki and the centre releasing the lurking Stockdale down the short side.

They were almost made to pay early in the second period when Kieran Read charged down a risky Stockdale chip-kick but failed to gather with the try line at his mercy.

New Zealand, to their credit, accepted they had been outfoxed by Schmidt, who spends hours searching for fresh ideas - "I always steal them from someone else" - that can be tailored to his side's specific needs.

"Andy Farrell the last few years has been brilliant".

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