Ireland beat All Blacks in New Zealand for first time in their history | Rugby union

Andy Farrell’s side of 2022 have achieved what no other team in green has achieved in the 46 years since Irish rugby first set foot in New Zealand in 1976 – a victory at the ‘outside. Six years after their first victory against New Zealand in more than a century of trials, Ireland have now won four of the last seven meetings with the three-time world champions. Victories in Chicago and a double in Dublin are now joined by this most historic result in Dunedin, becoming the first team from the northern hemisphere since France won 27-22 in 2009 to claim a victory there.

“I’m so happy for the players because they’re so desperate to inspire people back home,” Farrell said. “They come back again and again and do special things for Irish rugby and for the people of Ireland.

“I’m so glad they were able to cross the line because there was a bit of everything, right? It was a brave effort. We were as brave as we were last week.

Oh, last week. After the pulverized defeat at Eden Park, the Ireland head coach had the usual tweet from the touchline suggesting a different personnel. Such voices clearly haven’t read Wiganer’s selection consistency script since his appointment. “I don’t listen to people asking for changes, it’s irrelevant, I’m doing what’s good for the team.”

Instead, as usual, he kept faith in the team, Mack Hansen being the only change for Keith Earls, and they rewarded him with a more physical and penetrating performance, against an All Black team under the clash of Irish efforts led by the exceptional Peter O’Mahony and Tadhg Beirne and their own poor discipline.

Two tries from the most unlikely of sources, prop Andrew Porter, hit early in each half – the third and 48th minutes – saw the visitors first take the lead and then extend it. The second came at the perfect time as New Zealand looked to have an unlikely take with a 39th-minute try from Beauden Barrett after two yellow cards. The first for Leicester Fainga’anuku, who was lucky not to walk permanently for a dangerous shoulder charge on Hansen; and the second a cheeky takedown by Ofa Tu’ungafasi on Garry Ringrose as he was about to receive the ball with the pleading line. It should have been ruled a penalty try. The referee, Jaco Peyper, disagreed.

The red card shown in the 30th minute to Tu’ungafasi’s substitute Angus Ta’avao for a reckless, straight tackle to the head was less up for debate, with Ringrose again the victim and ejected from the contest. This loss of New Zealand personnel via Peyper’s jack-in-the-box card pocket was compounded by head coach, Ian Foster, mistakenly removing his captain, Ardie Savea, from the game amid the plethora cards at halftime. hour, no doubt believing that he would be allowed to return. He was not.

Ireland celebrate their famous victory over the All Blacks
Ireland celebrate their famous victory over the All Blacks. Photography: Phil Walter/Getty Images

A lesser team than the All Blacks would have conceded more under the first-half barrage; instead, they held on while depriving the tourists of any further points after a 10th-minute penalty from Johnny Sexton, before Barrett struck that psychological, scoreboard blow near half-time.

He was the tester for an Irish side who couldn’t assert themselves and were frustrated seven days ago, but after Porter’s try early in the second half calmed fevered nerves, Sexton kicked in two penalties additional to make it comfortable. A pleasurable position including a yellow card for James Ryan and a late try for Will Jordan could not shake them. Some would argue that the All Blacks’ reduced staff was a factor in their defeat, but Ireland looked the winning side from the start, regardless of numbers.

The Breakdown: Sign up and receive our weekly rugby union email.

“We started running and putting pressure on them and what was most enjoyable was that we didn’t get sucked into the lure of the game with New Zealand going down to 14 men and then down to 13 men,” said a satisfied. Farrell.

“It’s very moving to create a bit of history today, but the work is not finished. All that matters is next week now,” Porter said, “It’s hard to put into words how I feel right now. It will be even nicer if we can get the win next week as well.

“It was a very special day. Every time you make history, it means a lot,” Sexton said. A mouth-watering evening in Wellington awaits.

Leave a Comment