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If you look at it, Ireland we're missing O'Connell, Ross, Ferris, Bowe, D'Arcy, Fitzgerald, Trimble and a descent coaching staff. Reddan didn't start, O'Brien and Healy we're carrying injuries, with 2 new caps on a team that have never played together, also take into account that these guys haven't had a rest since July of last year. So they we're never going to beat the All Blacks in any area, let alone the match...
New Zealand could send out a 3rd string squad and still put 20+ points on this Irish outfit. Kidney Gaffney and Kiss have no answer to the Irish call(Ireland have 5 Heineken Cups in 7 years and only one Six Nations to show for it, in contrast NZ had '5' Super Rugby titles and '6' Tri Nations championships in 7 years[02-08]).
Posted 13:58 13th June 2012
It's interesting that in the last 6 Nations Ireland scored the most points 121, scored the most tries 13, with Tommy Bowe scoring 5, and still only managed to come joint third with France, we also made the most line breaks. That achieved with the conservative Kidney and without BOD, with a more positive coach and BOD those stats could have been better because in all other stats we didn't top anything as incredibly it seems there's more to winning games than scoring points...but it does show what a loss in NZ Tommy Bowe is and the leadership in the forwards of an O' Connell or a Cullen (who could be there), as it seems to me BOD was missing someone with their qualities in the pack he could refer to, especially when things were going pear shaped
Posted 08:30 13th June 2012
My source is The Sunday Times match stats, what's yours, let's have it?
Posted 08:14 13th June 2012
You conducting your own stats again lametheref cos a reliable source says 22-17 to NZ
Posted 00:27 13th June 2012
Turnovers was the only area Ireland actually did better than NZ 16 to 13...
Posted 12:38 12th June 2012