Sunday 18 February 2018

Hamilton in their own words

"Sometimes you can get away without reviewing the final Test of a summer tour and just run off into the sun. But when you've been thumped 60-0? You have to be accountable for a scoreline like that. You have to trawl through the wreckage for clues. You have to experience the pain and humiliation again."

Jonathan Sexton

"That was an embarrassment. From my perspective it was the worst 80 minutes of rugby I've ever had to endure on a field. While it might have been tough for you guys watching it, it was quadruple-tough for us going behind our sticks every three minutes to watch them kick another conversion."

Rob Kearney

"People would feel the last time we played them that we embarrassed ourselves and we absolutely can't do that and allow it to happen at home."

Brian O'Driscoll

"Straight after that defeat, I'm not going to be looking at clutching at straws. I know that there are things that we gained from it. We gained some experience for some of the younger players and they'll be stronger for this – and if they're not stronger then they'll fall by the wayside."

Declan Kidney

"It was embarrassing, to be honest. But that's on our backs and we'll live with that for a while and we'll have that hurt for a while. We have to take it on the chin. The next time we put on the green shirt we'd better do it justice. It's no one else's fault. It's just not good enough."

Sean O'Brien

"The head guys wanted to get up into the line and make the tackles tonight. That is how we forced mistakes and turnovers. Even with 10 minutes to go we spoke on the pitch about not letting them cross our line. It was good fun out there."

Richie McCaw

NEW ZEALAND – I Dagg; B Smith, C Smith (T Ellison 60), SB Williams, H Gear; A Cruden (B Barrett 24), A Smith (P Weepu 60); T Woodcock (B Franks 76), A Hore (K Mealamu h-t), O Franks; L Romano, S Whitelock (B Retallick 58); L Messam, S Cane (Thomson 69), R McCaw (capt).

IRELAND – R Kearney; F McFadden, B O'Driscoll (capt), P Wallace (R O'Gara 54), K Earls (A Trimble 73); J Sexton, C Murray (E Reddan 59); C Healy, R Best (S Cronin 68), M Ross (D Fitzpatrick 59); D Tuohy (D O'Callaghan 55), D Ryan; K McLaughlin (C Henry 54), S O'Brien, P O'Mahony.

Ref – R Poite (France)

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