Close down under.

An astonishing last 10 minutes of New Zealand – Ireland. Penalty just too far for Sexton, daft decision by Owens, a Carter failed drop goal touched in flight, a scrum five and Carter finishes it.

As for Wales…give me strength.

Ireland BBC Report: Ireland BBC Report
Wales BBC Report: Wales BBC report

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  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    Amazing finish to the game. ireland were terrific albeit the conditions played their part in limiting the All Black game. To be without POC, Ferris and Bowe and push the ABs hard in their backyard is outstanding.

    That said, against 14 men, the win was on the plate and it was thrown away in typical fashion. Stunning game.

    Didn’t see the welsh game but again, to push Oz so hard away for the 2nd game is tremendous. england also did okay. Perhaps the northern hemisphere is catching up. I doubt it though…

  • Mick Fealty

    Caught the highlights during the day.. Until we beat them every Ireland team goes to meet the ABs as an antelope to the lion… That penalty would have tested the boot of any first class kicker though…

  • Newman

    Recognise the psychological barrier for any Irish team against New Zealand. Compare and contrast their internationals against South Africa and Australia where there is an expectation that an outstanding Irish team can secure a win in the right conditions. Opportunities against New Zealand to finally win a game seem to come along only every 20 years or so. One senses that their opportunity this time has been lost but would love to see the golden generation finally crack it next week.

  • Dewi

    I have to say that those last minutes were terribly unlucky for Ireland….drop goal attempt touched in flight means a scrum 5 rather than a drop out…..touched in flight a bit harder and there’s a real chance of an Ireland 90 yard score…can Ireland and Wales get up for it next week?

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    no

  • Mick Fealty

    Experience would back Orange’s view.

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    not so sure now. some key changes for the blacks. if ireland play as well as last week a win is on the cards. heaslip a big loss though

  • Dewi

    Very difficult to take losing again. Astonishing obstruction decsion by ref with 7 minutes left.

  • Dewi

    This could get very bad

  • Massacre!

    But I don’t think any other team could have lived with New Zealand in the form they were in today.

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    NZ were at their awsome best, even without the best player in world rugby and the second best player out of position, Cane was awsome at 7 – they seem to have a conveyor belt of proper 7’s, not 6’s out of position which Ireland typically rely upon. Good to see.

    Their off-loading game is now at another level – never seen anything like that before – they were just popping balls out of the tackle but firing them at pace onto guys running incredible lines. To score 60 against Ireland, who i regard to have one of the most organised defences in world rugby is some achievement. They also missed a few kicks – could easily have been 70…

    Fortunately for Kidney, he had a good result last week – otherwise he’d be out.

  • Dewi

    …And Scotland return unbeaten…who’d have thunk that?

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    they had a sensible tour though – play a top side once and then go for a jolly. A very productive tour for the scots. England had a superb draw away to the boks too.
    I think all the home nations had their moments this summer.

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    ps where did sammy mcawally go? He was always good for a bit of rugger debate?