Whitelock and Vaa’i out for All Blacks, Sexton back for Ireland for second Test
Ireland travel to Dunedin for the second of three Tests against New Zealand today, looking to bounce back from a humiliating defeat a week ago.
The All Blacks had lost three of their previous six Tests before the start of the series, but it turned out that reports of their demise had been greatly exaggerated. They weathered an early Irish storm before crushing them within 20 minutes before half-time to claim a comprehensive 42-19 win.
Andy Farrell’s men are therefore still looking for their first victory on New Zealand soil in their history and even if they were more combative in the second half, it will still be a big demand to triumph. at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
They will at least have talismanic skipper Johnny Sexton to call on after the fly-half was deemed controversial despite being out of the first Test due to a suspected concussion. He failed his first HIA to be sent off from action early in Auckland but passed HIA2 and HIA3 and under current rules that means he doesn’t have to miss this weekend’s contest despite his history of head injuries.
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H/T: New Zealand 7-10 Ireland
But somehow New Zealand finished the half stronger. Their first real opportunity in Ireland 22 eventually ended in Beauden Barrett’s fortuitous score after James Ryan was sent off for the ugly stage following repeated Irish infringements. The second half will start at 14-14, with New Zealand just three points behind.
Incidentally, it seems that in all the confusion following the flurry of cards, New Zealand failed to drop to 12 men after going to uncontested scrums, and thus had an extra body in the defensive line as James Lowe fumbled his lines and those of Ireland. with a seemingly certain score. Another moment of drama in a half without running out of talking points – and I hope everyone managed to recharge, because the 40 seconds are about to begin…
Harry Latham CoyleJuly 9, 2022 9:14 a.m.
H/T: New Zealand 7-10 Ireland
First off the pitch was a leaping Leicester Fainga’anuku, perhaps lucky to see only yellow after making clumsy contact with Mack Hansen’s cheek. Then it was Ofa Tu’ungafasi, tackling Garry Ringrose who was waiting for an inside pass with the line in sight and again very, very lucky that the officials decided there was enough cover not to award a penalty try.
Finally, no debate on this one. A certain red for a straight Angus Ta’avao:
Harry Latham CoyleJuly 9, 2022 9:10 a.m.
H/T: NEW ZEALAND 7-10 IRELAND
Crikey. Where to start ? A remarkable half. So much has happened for Ireland, but Andy Farrell’s side only have a narrow half-time lead despite dominating the game widely.
Andrew Porter scored in the opening five minutes as the visitors got off to a quick start, but it was, by some way, Ireland’s only try in a half that saw New Zealand book three and the Ireland one.
Harry Latham CoyleJuly 9, 2022 9:08 a.m.
HALF TIME! NEW ZEALAND 7-10 IRELAND
Harry Latham CoyleJuly 9, 2022 9:04 a.m.
TRY! NEW ZEALAND 7-10 Ireland (Beauden Barrett try, 41 mins)
And there is the test! Extraordinary end to extraordinary half as the ball comes out of a ruck, hits Beauden Barrett’s boot and rolls into the in-goal, the New Zealand fly-half is usually quick to point as the Ireland are crying foul, but there’s no practice – the try is good and Jordie Barrett’s conversion reduces the half-time gap, improbably, to just three.
Harry Latham CoyleJuly 9, 2022 09:02
New Zealand 0-10 Ireland, 40 minutes
Another offside for Ireland. Tadhg Beirne this time. More of the same from the All Blacks, Brodie Retallick is doing well. Dalton Papalii puts on footwork to go three yards as New Zealand close in and the horn sounds.
Harry Latham CoyleJuly 9, 2022 9:01 a.m.
YELLOW CARD! James Ryan is sent to the trash! New Zealand 0-10 Ireland, 39 minutes
James Ryan had barely backed off five yards, let alone ten, and he is rightly doomed. New Zealand will hit and go back under the posts…
Harry Latham CoyleJuly 9, 2022 09:00
New Zealand 0-10 Ireland, 39 minutes
This is New Zealand! Another powerful push takes the lead, and Ireland then fails to roll. Quick shot, Ireland are not behind ten – another advantage, and probably a possible card…
Harry Latham CoyleJuly 9, 2022 08:59
New Zealand 0-10 Ireland, 37 minutes
New Zealand had 15 on the pitch in all the confusion but can finally throw out the line-up as Savea is finally invited to trot.
Another lineout is won as an Irish leg deflects a kick into touch. The home side maul well and a lifted leg awards them a penalty – which is kicked into the corner. Bold call.
Harry Latham CoyleJuly 9, 2022 08:58
New Zealand 0-10 Ireland, 35 minutes
Well, it’s the end of the period of Ofa Tu’ungafasi in the sin bin. New Zealand restored to 14.
Wait, there’s a big debate over who the All Blacks can leave. Dalton Papalii was removed when Tu’ungafasi was dumped to allow Aidan Ross to come in, while Ardie Savea left when Ross was sent off. Match officials discuss. New Zealand are understandably keen for Savea, all actions, to stay – but the decision is that it is Papalii who must stay.
A blow for New Zealand.
Harry Latham CoyleJuly 9, 2022 08:56