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All Blacks dominate 14 man Ireland

By Mark Geenty 12/06/2010 09:07:40 PM Comments (0)

The All Blacks punished Ireland for moments of ill-discipline with a commanding 66-28 victory on Saturday as the tourists played most of the high-paced Test with 14 men.

The nine-try romp in New Plymouth was a record score for the All Blacks against Ireland, bettering the 63-15 win in Dublin 13 years ago and keeping their unbeaten record against Ireland intact after 23 Tests dating back 105 years.

All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter - with a 100 per cent record from seven conversions and a penalty - became only the fourth player to join the global elite 1,000 points club as he climbed to third on the all-time scoring ladder.

Ireland were clearly second best in the first 14 minutes when they trailed 10-0 and any hopes they had of salvaging the situation disappeared when Jamie Heaslip was red-carded, and Ronan O'Gara was sin-binned soon after.

It was a signal for the All Blacks to step up the pace and stretch the remaining 13 Irish players on the field, and by halftime they led 38-7.

Despite the overwhelming scoreline, the All Blacks will be disappointed with how they finished the game, with Ireland able to come back with three tries in the final 25 minutes.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, the target of the kneeing that saw Heaslip removed from the game, said Ireland paid the price for ill-discipline.

"The disappointing part is it put them under pressure. It was their first attacking move and they were down to 14 men and the game was over after that," he said.

"It makes it hard on your team when ill-discipline gets in the way."

Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll described the performance as "a bad defeat".

"But I'm a positive person and you have to take what good things you can out of every game and there were certainly some of those in the second half," O'Driscoll added.

With less than 30 minutes to play and the All Blacks holding an unassailable 52-7 lead, Carter was replaced to allow Aaron Cruden to make his debut as the All Blacks blooded six new players through the match.

For the All Blacks, Conrad Smith, Jimmy Cowan and Whitelock scored two tries apiece with Kieran Read, Ben Franks and Neemia Tialata also touched down.

Ireland's tries came from Dan Tuohy, Brian O'Driscoll, Tommy Bowe and Gordon D'Arcy, with Ronan O'Gara converting all four.

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