Saturday, June 12, 2010

New Zealand 66 - Ireland 28

Richie McCaw of the All Blacks fends off the Irish defence.
ABs hammer ill-disciplined Irish
New Zealand got their 2010 international season off to a good start by smashing a mistake-ridden and ill-disciplined Irish side in New Plymouth on Saturday - but they were never really tested properly.
The Kiwis, who blooded six new players on the night, ran out 66-28 winners in a nine tries to four rout.
Jimmy Cowan of the All Blacks powers towards the line .**
A red card to Jamie Heaslip and a yellow to Ronan O'Gara were the key factors in Ireland's 66-28 defeat to New Zealand on Saturday.
Jamie Heaslip (R) of Ireland puts a knee to the head of an All Black player resulting in a red card.
New Zealand 66 Ireland 28
If the Irish No 8 isn't feeling like a prize goose this morning, he should be. His red card after 15 minutes turned not much of a contest into a non-contest.
Carter surpasses greats
While he knew he was six points short of passing 1000 points in Test rugby he wasn't aware he had gained third place on the all-time points list, nor that he had become the most successful converter of tries to have played the game. His first conversion of the night took him to 170 conversions, easing him past Andrew Mehrtens, who he also supplanted last year as New Zealand's leading points scorer.
next test:
New Zealand v Wales
June 19
Ireland v NZ Maoris
June 18