Friday, November 19, 2010
Ireland host the All Blacks tomorrow with history hanging over them and the fact that in one hundred years of rugby, they've never beaten the great team from New Zealand. They came mighty close in 1992 though, so here's a few highlights from that classic match.
Carisbrook, Dunedin was the scene of the first of a two-test series between the two sides in New Zealand. While the home side were heavy favourites, the Irish came out showing the kind of fighting spirit they've become known for over the years, taking an early lead through centre Vinnie Cunningham.
Jim Staples scored not too long after that and the All Blacks looked seriously rattled. They hit back through with a well worked try, then outstanding centre Frank Bunce crossed as New Zealand tied things up. Cunningham then scored another great try giving Ireland genuine hope.
Eroni Clarke hit back, then Bunce crossed again with a neat dummy as the home side came away with a hard fought 24-21 victory in what was a game that gave them a real shake-up.
A week later in Wellington, the All Blacks kicked into gear and won convincingly 59-6.