|13 November 2021||3:15 pm||Men's Senior||2021/22|
A dominant and hard fought performance from Ireland secured a 29-20 victory over world number one side New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium.
Tries from James Lowe, Rónan Kelleher and Caelan Dorris sealed the deserved victory for Andy Farrell’s charges.
After New Zealand’s Haka was drowned out by cries of “The Fields Of Athenry” from the Aviva Stadium, Ireland started the game off at an emphatic pace.
With just over 10 minutes played, New Zealand’s Codie Taylor was sin binned for a poor shoulder to head tackle on Johnny Sexton. Sexton kicked to the corner and after recycling the ball very well inside the All Black’s 22, he found Keenan in space out wide. Keenan delivered to his Leinster teammate James Lowe who finished in the corner for a try against his birth country to give Ireland an early advantage.
Jonathan Sexton missed the follow up conversion at a difficult angle before Jordie Barrett’s penalty minutes later reduced the deficit for New Zealand. Ireland almost increased their lead on the half hour mark when Rónan Kelleher drove off the back of an Irish rolling Maul.
Tadgh Furlong then took the ball off the back of the ruck and went over for what looked to be Ireland’s second try of the afternoon. Sadly for the hosts, Kelleher was adjudged to have used a double movement after going to the ground in the build up to the try resulting in the try being disallowed.
Moments later, completely against the run of play, Dalton Papilii broke through the Irish line and released Codie Taylor who dived over to give New Zealand the lead. Despite dominating the majority of the first 40 minutes, Ireland found themselves 10-5 down at the interval.
Ireland started the second period off the same as they played the first and they were rewarded with an early try courtesy of the ever-lively Rónan Kelleher who dived over the line from close range to level the scores. Kelleher was immense throughout the game and acted like an extra back row at every breakdown for Ireland.
Seven minutes later, Man of the match Caelan Dorris received the ball from Gibson-Park just outside the New Zealand 22 yard line. Dorris sidestepped past Codie Taylor before diving over for Ireland’s third try of the afternoon. Sexton converted from just in front of the posts to extend their advantage.
Just as it looked like Ireland were cruising to a victory, Will Jordan’s chip kick over the Irish defence found the on-rushing Rieko Ioane who popped the ball back inside to Jordan who crossed over the line to level the scores.
Joey Carberry found himself immediately involved after replacing Sexton with just under 20 minutes to play.
Carberry’s penalty stretched Ireland’s advantage to six points heading into the final ten minutes. Jordie Barrett replied with a penalty of his own to keep all Irish onlookers on the edge of their seats.
After James Lowe and Peter O’ Mahony combined brilliantly to stop Ioane on the halfway line for Ireland, Carberry added another three points with a fantastic penalty straight between the posts.
In the final play of the game , Joey Carberry again fired over another valuable penalty to secure Ireland’s third ever win over the All Blacks.
|Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Sandymount, Pembroke West ED, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, D04 CA43, Ireland|