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Dominant Ireland Lead New Zealand At Half Time

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Saturday Jul 16, 2022

With forty minutes to go in Wellington, Andy Farrell’s Ireland are on the cusp of creating even more history.

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Currently leading the fixture by a score of 22 – 3 Ireland have been completely dominant in the first half.

In a continuation from the second test, Ireland’s discipline and physicality has seen the All Blacks making several uncharacteristic errors.

Picking our standout performers so far is a difficult task, to a man every Irish player has been sensational so far.

Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris, Robbie Henshaw and Hugo Keenan have been immense in particular in defence where they have suffocated the Kiwis.

In a rather damning indictment of this All-Black coaching ticket, New Zealand have continued to lack discipline as they have once again conceded several silly penalties.

Handling errors have also been a real issue for the All Blacks with several knock-ons, forward passes and miscued kicks.

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The next forty minutes will have career altering consequences for several involved and could serve as a real marker for next years World Cup.

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