New Zealand continue their dominace in World Rugby after a very comprehensive win over Northern Ireland in the 2019 Rugby World Cup down in Japan. New Zealand won by 46-14 as the final result to send the Irishmen parking.
Ireland’s abysmal record in World Cup quarter finals continued in Tokyo as a rampant All Blacks outfit romped to a seven-try victory.
New Zealand came into this knockout tie on a 17-game unbeaten streak at World Cups, stretching all the way back to the 2007 edition. In eight quarter final appearances, they have failed just once, and that was a defeat to the French in that shock 20-18 defeat in Cardiff 12 years ago.
Ireland arrived in Tokyo with six loses in six quarter final appearances, but this loss will hurt the most. This was the last stand for head coach Joe Schmidt and skipper Rory Best and it was a sad way for two glittering careers to end. Schmidt and Best have had some great days, but this was a traumatic way to to bow out of the World Cup.
New Zealand were simply amazing on the day. From the physicality of their tight five to the dynamism of Ardie Savea to the clam leadership of Kieran Read, they laid a platform for scrum-half Aaron Smith – who bagged a brace – and the dual playmaking combo of Richie Mo’unga and Beauden Barrett to run the show. Their outside backs were operating on a different plain.
Seven tries from the All Blacks. A brutal, breathless dismantling of Ireland. Not the way Joe Schmidt wanted to bow out from what has been a glorious spell in charge of the side.
The back-to-back champions roar on, towards the semi-finals and a clash with England next weekend in Yokohama.
Author: Moses Echodu
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