Sunday, June 10, 2012
An action packed weekend has come to a close, with each side in the new Rugby Championship picking up wins in their respective matches. There's plenty to catch up on so here's a quick look at the first test of the weekend, New Zealand vs Ireland.
The All Blacks continued their dominance over Ireland by maintaining their 107 year, one hundred percent unbeaten record with a convincing 42-10 victory in Auckland on Saturday.
Young debutant winger Julian Savea scored a hat-trick of tries, as new head coach Steve Hansen recorded his first win in charge. Adam Thomson and Conrad Smith also scored, while Dan Carter was back in sizzling form, and added four conversions and three penalties with the boot.
If Ireland are to get anything from the three-test series they will need to find a way to produce the impressive few minutes they showed early in the first half, for most of the eighty.
"We started okay but in fairness to them they played with a very fast tempo and we didn't slow their ruck ball down enough," said captain Brian O'Driscoll.
"When they're playing that way they're difficult to defend against, you're chasing shadows a bit. A huge amount to work on but we've got two more chances, two more cracks at it."
You can now view the full match here.
Highlights and clips from the rest of the weekend's games will be posted soon