Intractable Beirne, Rieko Ioane desperate

Tadhg Beirne reigned, Reiko Ioane did not exist. AFP and Panorama

The capital performance of Tadhg Beirne, the direction of Johnny Sexton but also the unrelieved match of Rieko Ioane and an all-black slow motion game. Find our Tops / Flops after the Irish success with the New Zealanders (22-32).


Tadhg Beirne imposes his law

It wasn’t good to cross paths with Tadhg Beirne this Saturday in Wellington. The Irish second line reigned over this game scratching countless balls, especially at key moments. In the 73rd minute he was the one who put an end to the last hopes of the locals recovering the oval in its 22 meters. Two minutes earlier, he fouled Samuel Whitelock and sent the Blacks back to camp. The Munster colossus has made his power known and will remain one of the protagonists of this historic Clover XV victory.

Johnny Sexton: A foot always so silky

Despite his 37 springs and multiple concussion protocols, Johnny Sexton stays fresh as a cockroach. And above all it retains the surgical precision on the face of the sticks. This Saturday almost everything happened, except for the first transformation and a very far penalty, more than 50 meters. Enough to overcome the milestone of 1000 points scored under the shirt flanked by clover. All this without counting his task of permanent harassment to the opposing ball carrier.

Hugo Keenan, in the oven and in the mill

Author of the second test of the match, the back of Leinster is also one of the great men of this meeting. Offensively first, concluding a magnificent collective action in the 28th minute but also defensively where he did everything expected of a number 15. Valiant on deck, he also annihilated some local offensives in the face of the image of this entry on Savea at minute 70.. Particularly comfortable on foot, he regularly pressed the New Zealand defense.

Ardie Savéa, the revolt was not enough

Overall, fighting in front of their Wellington audience, the All Blacks, however, caused chills in the Irish defense early in the second half. A revolt clearly instilled by the third row Ardie Savea who first reduced the mark to 44 by resisting Beirne’s plate. Before starting a great scraping job that allowed his team to stay with balls that were immediately returned to the Irish in the first period. He is also the one who passes intelligently to Will Jordan for the hopeful attempt of the 60th minute. It is clear that we can blame him for this offside position that precedes the test of Rob Herring (65th) but without his dynamism is hard to imagine the Blacks not sinking this Saturday.


Rieko Ioane will reap

Unlike his brother Akira, rather to his advantage, the Blacks ’3/4 center, Rieko Ioane wasted several rounds of ammunition in favor of his people, especially during the first act. With 39 minutes played, the visitors broke through on the right after some poor defending. He was also the one who lost the oval to Van der Flier in the 25th minute. A mistake that will lead to the test of Hugo Keenan, the second of the Irish. In the second half, he did very little before giving way to the 70.

All-Blacks too slow

Usually supersonic in their broadcasts, Ian Foster’s players surprised this Saturday by their lack of liveliness and dynamism. Faced with a well-placed Irish defense, except during the first quarter of an hour of the second act, they lacked ideas, movements around the ball carrier but above all speed of execution. Perhaps the most troubling failure on the part of the Blacks.

Referents from New Zealand, absent subscribers

Unable to withstand the power of the Irish package, Ian Foster’s team has been unable to correct the situation after the second test match which had already pointed to the difficulties of blacks in the sector. The locals still conceded two tries with carried balls where the Irish strikers did little work for their counterparts. A very unusual weakness in a selection whose near future is not encouraging.

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