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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Your boys (almost) took hell of a beating

Richie McGaw, New Zealand, is tackled by Jonathan Sexton, Ireland. Steinlager Series 2012, 2nd Test, New Zealand v Ireland, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo: Sportsfile
Richie McGaw, New Zealand, is tackled by Jonathan Sexton, Ireland. Steinlager Series 2012, 2nd Test, New Zealand v Ireland, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo: Sportsfile

TOWARDS the end of the Test last Saturday, it really looked as though Ireland were about to make history and emotions were running high.

You always try to stay objective but when it's the All Blacks, in New Zealand, as world champions, and Ireland are bossing them around the park having been written off and ridiculed in the build-up... well, it is hard not to become a little invested.

The memories of all the humiliations inflicted over the years (the second Test in 1992, the Lansdowne Road spankings of 1997 and 2005, New Plymouth 2010) added to the fervour -- as did the contributions of disgruntled Kiwi supporters (disgruntled because they had parted with good money to see a thrashing), whose booing of Jonathan Sexton when he was lining up a crucial penalty did them little credit.

It was enough to send seasoned observers into Norwegian commentator mode until a dubious scrum decision and Dan Carter's boot spoiled what would have been a dollop of triumphalism 107 years in the making.

Coming up with suitable Kiwi names is a big ask, but it could maybe have gone something like: "Peter Jackson, Sir Edmund Hillary, Jane Campion ... we have beaten them all. Kiri Te Kanawa, can you hear me? Kiri Te Kanawa, your boys took a hell of a beating."

Ah well, not to be.

Irish Independent

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