Wednesday 18 October 2017

Ireland will be 'all guns blazing', says Dan Tuohy

Dan Tuohy gets a lineout ball against New Zealand in the second international rugby test series. Photo: AP
Dan Tuohy gets a lineout ball against New Zealand in the second international rugby test series. Photo: AP

Hugh Farrelly in Queenstown

AFTER coming agonisingly close to a first victory over New Zealand last weekend, Dan Tuohy is convinced there is "more to come" from Ireland in the third and final Test on Saturday.

Following their 42-10 humiliation in the first Test in Auckland, Tuohy was part of a vastly improved Irish performance in Christchurch when a potential winning penalty kick from Jonathan Sexton came up just short before Dan Carter sealed a 22-19 victory with a last-minute drop goal.



The Ireland second row said today the events of last weekend have strengthened resolve within the squad to finish the tour on a high.



“We worked extremely hard to put ourselves in a position to win it,” said Tuohy. “As a collective, we are disappointed that we didn't close it out. The focus this week is on delivering another big performance at the weekend.



“I was much more happy with my performance at the weekend than the one before,” he added.



“From myself and the other lads, there is more to come. We will be looking to go out on Saturday with all guns blazing.”



Meanwhile, New Zealand No 8 Kieran Read is being monitored on a daily basis in a bid to make him available for the third Test in Hamilton.



Read took a heavy knock to the head and assistant coach Ian Foster said while the All Blacks are hopeful he will be available, they will do what is best for the player.



Chiefs back-row Liam Messam has joined the squad in Hamilton as cover.

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