Published: Tue, November 20, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

New Zealanders praise Schmidt for outsmarting All Blacks

New Zealanders praise Schmidt for outsmarting All Blacks

All Blacks boss Hansen hailed Ireland as the "number-one team in the world" following their superlative victory over his back-to-back world champions at the Aviva Stadium. The excess of ecstasy that flowed through Dublin, from the post-match circle of players on the pitch through to the thirsty supporters locked in bars, is a reminder that New Zealand remain the team to...

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has suggested that it's back to the drawing board for his side in the new year, having looked far from their best in 2018.

"We've got some of the best players in the world who just play what they see in front of them", Coles said.

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.

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Jacob Stockdale must have liathroidis of steel because things could have been so very different for the unstoppable Ulster winger in Ireland's famous 16-9 win over the All Blacks in Dublin. Ulstermen, both, and thriving in the borderless state that is Irish rugby. Dublin born Ayman Ben Mohamed who is a Tunisia worldwide and recently won the African champions league with his side Esperance Sportive de Tunis talks his experiences in Africa and the decision to leave Ireland.

It nearly paid off with number 8 CJ Stander first held up over the line and when Ireland bulldozed through the resulting scrum, fullback Rob Kearney should have touched down but instead knocked on Sexton's opportunistic chip over the top.

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Several times, just when the All Blacks seemed to be clicking into high gear, they either dropped the ball or kicked it away.

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Could this be a smokescreen? "To overcome that was the most satisfying thing in my mind".

On the Stuff website, rugby writer Mark Hinton was in no doubt Schmidt should be the next All Blacks coach as his "magnificent Ireland rugby team are now assuredly the best side on the planet".

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"So for us to be favourites when they have been the world number-one team for nine years, and continue to be the world number-one team". Doubtless there are plenty of South Africans or Scots hoping or even believing the final forecast by Carter will actually happen in the last eight. They deserve all the praise coming their way.

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