There seems to be a sense of relief in New Zealand following the All Blacks' 42-19 victory over Ireland on Saturday. The eight months since had been filled with a fear the All Blacks could be in a spiralling decline. "The balance was tipped in Ireland's favour and they were good enough to take advantage and make it count – seemingly exposing endless flaws in an All Blacks team who everyone said were frail, unimaginative and pedestrian." Advertisement"The three-test series game of chess is such that Ireland will now be second-guessing where to defend the All Blacks ball carriers," he says. Mark Hinton, also writing for Stuff.co.nz, felt the All Blacks turned the physicality tables on Ireland.
Source: Stuff July 03, 2022 10:53 UTC