Tops / Flops New Zealand – Ireland: Savea in flames, the clover has no realism

Ardie Savea and Jonathan Sexton had a very different match on Saturday AFP

A ubiquitous third line and brothers in the appointment, but also a shocked captain and harvested opportunities … Find the best and the flops of the first test match between New Zealand and Ireland (42-10).


Ardie Savea, the strongman of the New Zealand herd

While the All-Blacks are still looking for Kieran Read’s worthy heir to the third center line, Ardie Savea has done more than offer an element of response to Ian Foster and his staff against Ireland. The usual third-line wing kept, like their teammates at the front, the closed-scrum huts where the All-Blacks largely dominated the debates, torturing the Clover XV group. But his performance doesn’t stop there. After following a game at the feet of Aaron Smith, he scored his fourth try just before the break (37th), then offered a double in the second half (52nd) after a personal feat where he baffled three defenders Irish before flattening. A capital action.

The Barrett brothers dress New Zealand

Imperials against Club XV, Beauden, Scott and Jordie Barrett launched the All-Blacks ’summer tour perfectly. Solid in his scoring facet (6/6, 12 points), winger Jordie also stood out for scoring his first try (20th), after a more than complicated start and dominated by the Irish. Precise in his election, the first goal Beauden launched the game perfectly for his teammates, as evidenced by his decisive and millimeter pass with the foot in the attention of his center Quinn Tupaea, for the third try New Zealand (35th). Finally and as usual, third line Scott proved invaluable in his defensive killing, constantly coming to slow down the outings of Irish balls and securing several shots on contact.

Peter O’Mahony faced the New Zealand strikers

Without a doubt, it is the Irishman who stood out the most on Saturday. Appointed captain after the early departure of Jonathan Sexton (see below), the indestructible Peter O’Mahony was able to set an example to his people to thwart New Zealand’s plans. Multiplying tackles (19), the Irish third line also scratched two balls on the ground and proved to be of paramount importance in countering the All-Blacks in the ruck areas.


The lack of Irish realism

If the All Blacks ’victory seems relentless at the end of this first test of the summer tour, the score is by no means revealing. But the Irish fished in the last gesture to better wait at Auckland’s Eden Park. A total of three attempts will be denied to Jonathan Sexton’s teammates. Joey Carbery (58th), Josh Van Der Flier (59th) and Andrew Porter (75th) have all finished the race behind the goal, but without being able to flatten, after a striker or having been returned in black for defense. To this is added the playing time in the opposing 22 meters during the first act (4 minutes 30 and a try for Ireland, a minute 30 and four tries for New Zealand) and the slap received by the XV of Clover n ‘ enough to leave some lament.

Another concussion for Sexton

The years go by and the chakra persists. After a heavy load from Sam Cane, Jonathan Sexton suffered another concussion in his career, on New Zealand soil. After failing to respond favorably to the concussion protocol, he was replaced by Joey Carbery (31st). An outing with serious consequences for Andie Farrell and his squad, as the Irish captain is an essential element of the starting XV, as evidenced by his first half hour of high flight. It remains to be seen whether the Leinstermans will be able to maintain their place during the next two tests of the summer tour in Dunedin on July 9 and then in Wellington on July 16.

Repeated inaccuracies

With 14 penalties whistled against the All-Blacks and 11 against Ireland, English referee Karl Dickson did not lack work during this first round in Auckland. The match has also been marred by a multitude of scrums to redo but also with front shovels and rough passes, mainly on the Irish side. At the end of a grueling season, both teams hope to show more discipline and precision over the next two Saturdays.

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