All Blacks captain Read praises Ireland

Heather Diaz
November 19, 2018

"I thought it was for Tadgh (Furlong a prop) as he was outstanding", said Best.

"In 2012 we had a team full of Norovirus so we had 29 athletes unwell so we struggled that day to get on the park, let alone compete".

Two penalties and a drop-goal from Beauden Barrett was all Steve Hansen's men could muster, Johnny Sexton booting 11 points in Ireland's first home win over the All Blacks.

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen hasn't played down the significance of Saturday's game, suggesting that the victor will be recognised as the best team in the world.

Unlike Ireland, who announced at their captain's run that openside flanker Dan Leavy had suffered an undisclosed injury and has been replaced by Josh van der Flier, the All Blacks have had a relatively settled build-up.

Former dual-code global Farrell has impressed with Ireland and the Lions since his England tenure, while Lancaster led Leinster to a Champions Cup and PRO14 double last season.

"So, if there is to be a new All Blacks coach post-2019, surely Schmidt has just completed the flawless job interview".

An All Black side built on attack, off loads, broken play brilliance, we had nothing, they shut us down, they tackled like demons.

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"That's what Rory Best said to us, we wanted to go after them, not step away, not accept being bullied by them".

The All Blacks tryless; say that out loud, the All Blacks did not score a try, the All Blacks did not look like scoring a try.

"As I said earlier in the week this was number one versus number two in the world", Hansen said. And also their ability to defend very strongly as well, so they're a good side.

Keeping the All Blacks under pressure, again so important, so that when we did get the ball, we are trying and trying and then we are making mistakes, and scrum that said loud and clear that we do not have the most dominate set piece in world rugby.

England sacked Farrell and head coach Stuart Lancaster after failing to exit the group stages in the 2015 World Cup, and recently failed in a bid to bring him back into boss Eddie Jones' current set-up. For us, we just pride ourselves in getting in the air.

"I think it'll be an awesome Test match, and that's what I'm looking forward to".

"We've got a bit of work to do over summer - we're not going to fix it in a week, but we will fix it. We are going to go out there and give it our all".

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