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All Blacks, Unstoppable??

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Seeing them against Scotland, they were quite poor yet they managed to have the skill and get a, although undeserved win. 32-6 didn't tell the whole story of the Scotland spirited performance. All blacks are simply fantastic on the break, what have Ireland got to do to beat them??

Predictions anyone of the score??

NZ 38 IRE 12

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comment by slasher (U7328591)

posted Nov 14, 2008


I dont think this match will be the easy victory that this article suggests. I suspect Ireland will push the All Blacks very close in this one as they have done in the past few encounters on New Zealand soil. Suggesting this as a warm up for Wales and England is crazy. Afterall, Ireland over the past number of years have been far more impressive than England. I think Ireland had a run of winning four times in a row against England, though they played poorly in Six Nations this time around.

I would rate the current Irish team just as highly as England and Wales and the Six Nations I think will show this.

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posted Nov 14, 2008

Well that's why the team picked to play Ireland is the strongest available. The past 3 matches the winning margin has been 11 points or less. Zinny's article had as many truths to it as the Irish scribe Hogan's did. It's the coaches and players who choose their words carefully and often spout empty platitudes about how tough the game will be and how wary the side must be of overconfidence. It's the journos and ex-players who are a lot blunter because they're paid to create intense debate and shift a few copies. What matters is out on the pitch and if NZ turn up to Croke Park with their minds on England and Wales they will be punished severely. However, as I'm sure they have no illusions about the task in front of them, expect the opening minutes of this game to be firecracker stuff and the game in general an enthralling one. May the better team win and enjoy.

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comment by Gibson (U9085380)

posted Nov 14, 2008

The voice of pure Kiwi reason Kiakahaa,
Enjoy the match my friend. Hope it's a classic. ok

Leinster mad in The Netherlands.

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posted Nov 14, 2008

The All Blacks history & results speak for themselves. They will always be the team to beat & compare with. A win against the AB in the NH usually goes down in the history books & will be talked about for decades. This isn't boosting.
As Kiakaha highlights, it's always the journo's & the likes of ZZ that stir it up & the actual players running onto the pitch will only be focused on their game & will always give a thrilling game of expansive running rugby, win or loose.

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posted Nov 14, 2008

The fact there is a lot of spouting on here the All Blacks have picked their strongest 15 to beat Ireland ! I hate to tell you not only will Ireland lose and lose heavily but the same team that beat Scotland last week would also have beaten Ireland so get of your high horse and bring on the 6 nations !!

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posted Nov 14, 2008

yes it looks like there cannon fodder ,for next week.

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comment by Gibson (U9085380)

posted Nov 14, 2008

Oi Brian!
I've got your number mate.. oh yes! winkeye
21-19. Its time...

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comment by Gibson (U9085380)

posted Nov 14, 2008

Eirebilly,
Whats de craic? Give us another vision mo chara. The one where we win in the last minute. Grand.

Might see ya in Cocos tomorrow mate. ok

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posted Nov 14, 2008

Wales tonight have made Canada appear world beaters. The Irish lads will have a bit of confidence having scored some good tries. But it's a step up to playing the All Blacks. They won't be able to throw it about so freely tomorrow. So given that your space is cut down against the ABs what kind of game plan do you think the Irish lads will go for. O'Gara trying to pin them down in the 22 and put pressure on their lineout. Up the middle stuff and take on the forwards or some slick passing like that wonderful match against England at Croke two years ago, Ireland's finest game for some time. For the last option, you need quick front-foot ball which means at least parity in the forwards or ideally an edge. I think they'll plump for the former option and try to camp down in the ABs half and do nothing silly and hope Mealamu loses the plot and has a shocker with his throw-ins. That said, I don't think there will be problems with the front row this week - though Tialata at tighthead might be suspect as he's been having knee problems -and look to Conrad Smith to have a good game as he's got Kahui breathing down his neck (though thankfully not literally) and I think he got the better of BOD with a nice try the last match in NZ. Let's hope the rugby is better than tonight's drivel. Gatland will have them eating nails with their cornflakes after tonight's performance.

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posted Nov 14, 2008

I've just read Zinzan's usual patronising, arrogant article - Ireland will beat the All Blacks at Croke!! I look forward to your backpedalling zinny

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