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Ireland nowhere near where they want to be in terms of strength in depth after poor start to New Zealand tour

Tony Ward


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Ireland's (from left) Niall Scannell, Jordan Larmour, Joey Carbery, Keith Earls and Ryan Baird after their loss to the Maori All Blacks at the FMG Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ireland's (from left) Niall Scannell, Jordan Larmour, Joey Carbery, Keith Earls and Ryan Baird after their loss to the Maori All Blacks at the FMG Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ireland's (from left) Niall Scannell, Jordan Larmour, Joey Carbery, Keith Earls and Ryan Baird after their loss to the Maori All Blacks at the FMG Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

THE post-match analysis will not make pretty viewing for the vast majority of those involved in yesterday’s limp opening display against the Maori All Blacks. Not quite the Hamilton horrow show, but not far off it.

The kicking was loose, the broken field tackling was shoddy, with far too many missed tackles leading to soft tries being conceded in that match-determining second quarter.


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