Ireland’s attempts not enough in nail-biting finish against All Blacks

New Zealand snatched a 22-19 victory over Ireland with a desperate 79th minute goal by Dan Carter as a bruising rugby Test reached a nail-biting finish in Christchurch on Saturday.

The All Blacks were reduced to 14 men in the closing 10 minutes and were playing a lock at flanker, but the result gave them a 2-0 lead in the three-match series and preserved a 107-year unbeaten record against Ireland.

Six minutes from time, Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton had a chance to create history with the scores locked at 19-all but his optimistic 50-metre penalty from time fell short.

That gave the All Blacks a chance to sweep back downfield, where Carter had one drop goal attempt deflected in flight by Ireland before he snapped over the winner.

A sell-out 21 000 crowd gathered for the match, the first Test in Christchurch since a series of devastating earthquakes laid waste to much of the inner city in 2010 and last year.

Vastly improved
The chilly conditions were not going to deter a city desperate for quality rugby, and the revved-up Irish forwards rocked the All Blacks, the two sides sharing a try apiece with the boots of Carter and Sexton adding all the other points.

It was a vastly improved Ireland side from that beaten 42-10 in the first Test a week ago and the All Blacks were rarely able to unleash wings Julian Savea and Zac Guildford, who had created havoc in that encounter.

Instead with Mike Ross restored to the front row, Ireland came out on top in the scrum, soon gaining the ascendancy after conceding the first set piece and pushing the All Black pack around from then on.

Following a period of sustained pressure which tested the All Blacks’ defence, Ireland used their lineout as a platform to drive at the line before freeing the ball for scrum-half Conor Murray to dart over for a 10th-minute try.

Sexton added the conversion and a penalty to have Ireland 10-0 ahead before the All Blacks were able to put their first points on the board through a Carter penalty.

Forced errors
As in the first Test, Ireland went off the boil after the opening 20 minutes and as the All Blacks’ intensity grew the home side forced errors at the breakdown, closing the gap through penalties.

Ireland went in 10-9 ahead at half time, but the All Blacks eventually unlocked the Irish defence when play resumed.

Sonny Bill Williams crashed into the Ireland pack and as the All Blacks piled in scrum-half Aaron Smith was driven over the line for the try.

Behind on the scoreboard for the first time, Ireland rallied with Sexton adding his second penalty in another strong attacking period that had the All Blacks scrambling to make try saving tackles.

But with that storm weathered, the momentum again swung the other way and Carter’s fourth penalty extended the All Blacks’ lead to 19-13.

Then Ireland came back with two more Sexton penalties levelling the scores.

Pressure mounted on New Zealand as Adam Thomson joined Kieran Read on the injured list, leaving them only two specialist loose forwards, and Israel Dagg was yellow-carded for a late charge on Rob Kearney.

But at 19-all and a man down, the All Blacks rallied one last time and Carter was there to seal the outcome.

 

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