Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Kearney comes in as Ireland host All Blacks

Kearney comes in as Ireland host All Blacks

Ireland is understood to have undergone physical training session on Tuesday, in a bid to steel itself for the All Blacks. It is so seldom that the All Blacks don't score a try but there were three potential tries.

For Schmidt, the first time pitting his wits against Steve Hansen in November 2013 remains an important reference point.

Back came New Zealand and, after a penalty out wide, Barrett was impressively on target from the tee to level matters at the end of the first quarter.

The late defeat had such an impact on Schmidt and his coaching staff that it became a key part of Irish training sessions afterwards.

"It's one window, on one day but we'll take it", he added.

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"A hundred seconds of pretty agonising viewing for us".

"You don't want to give the All Blacks the ball but McKenzie is short and yes he's courageous but if Sexton's kicking is on the money we can get up and that's where Murray".

"Injuries, brainwaves, sacked coaches, new coaches ... what we do know is that Ireland are going to go there reasonably confident and they should be, I think New Zealand will go there feeling confident too".

Ireland's pack pulverised New Zealand at the scrum again, but had to content themselves with another Sexton penalty.

Ireland: Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Johnny Sexton, Kieran Marmion; Cian Healy, Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong, Devin Toner, James Ryan, Peter O'Mahony, Dan Leavy, CJ Stander. "At the same time I work with an incredibly committed bunch of men who really go out and earn what they get".

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"I can't wait to see the aerial battle with Sexton on [full-back Damian] McKenzie and getting the boys chasing him down. If you had Murray on there I'd be a lot more confident".

"New Zealand are renowned for the style of rugby they play, and one to 15 they can all play and put people into space and through holes".

"Ask [defence coach] Andy Farrell that", said the Kiwi.

New Zealand pressed and pressed, but still Ireland held on. They should be because they've been beaten 2-3 times since we played them - the Lions and South Africa and maybe Australia have beaten them in there in a Bledisloe Cup match as well - so that's enough by their standards since '16.

"But there will definitely be a feeling that you can get a one-up on someone you could find yourself meeting at some stage in the World Cup, because they're the best team in the world, and from Ireland's perspective that's either going to be at a quarterfinal stage or in the final".

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