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New Zealand 66-28 Ireland

New Zealand (38) 66
Tries: Smith (2), Read, Franks, Cowan (2), Whitelock (2), Tialata
Cons: Carter (7) Weepu (2) Pens: Carter
Ireland (7) 28
Tries: Tuohy, B O'Driscoll, Bowe, D'Arcy Cons: O'Gara (3), Sexton

Rob Kearney fails to stop Jimmy Cowan scoring a try for New Zealand
Rob Kearney fails to stop Jimmy Cowan scoring a try for New Zealand

New Zealand ran in nine tries as they crushed 14-man Ireland in Saturday's Test match in New Plymouth.

Having gifted Conrad Smith an early try, the Irish had number eight Jamie Heaslip sent off for kneeing at a ruck.

Kieran Read, Ben Franks and Jimmy Cowan (2) got tries with Dan Tuohy replying for a 38-7 half-time scoreline.

Smith, Sam Whitelock (2) and Neemia Tialata added to the All Blacks' tally while Brian O'Driscoll, Tommy Bowe and Gordon D'Arcy scored Irish tries.

It was a record score for New Zealand against the Irish and the match also saw fly-half Dan Carter pass 1,000 points in Tests.

The All Blacks simply overran Ireland in a completely one-sided first half.

Declan Kidney's boys in green were already 3-0 down to a Carter penalty when New Zealand snatched a 13th-minute try.


Hooker Sean Cronin lost the ball in midfield and Smith broke up field, then kicked ahead.

Full-back Rob Kearney failed to gather in the wet conditions and Smith pounced for the touchdown. Carter added the extras and the home side were 10 points clear.

Things got worse for the visitors with the dismissal of Heaslip and a further four first-half tries by New Zealand.

Read crossed for his first Test try in the 21st minute after some great lead-up work from Dagg, Stanley and Joe Rokocoko, and Carter's conversion made him the fourth player to reach 1,000 Test points.

Ireland were reduced to 13 men when O'Gara was sent to the sin bin for cynical play after holding back Cory Jane off the ball.

The All Blacks made the most of the two-man advantage with a try from debut prop Ben Franks plus two from scrum-half Cowan.

Ireland lost two players to injury, with John Muldoon forced off and Shane Jennings brought on before Mick O'Driscoll limped off and Dan Tuohy was handed his first Test cap.

Ulster lock Tuohy had just come on when he scored Ireland's first try shortly before half-time.

Smith got his second try after a sweeping break by the All Blacks soon after the interval and replacement Whitelock touched down to heap more misery on the tourists.

But Ireland, who have never beaten New Zealand, hit back gamely with skipper O'Driscoll getting his 40th try in Tests and Bowe intercepting near the posts for another touchdown.

Tialata and Whitelock got further tries with D'Arcy scoring for Ireland in between.

New Zealand: Israel Dagg; Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Benson Stanley, Joe Rokocoko; Daniel Carter, Jimmy Cowan; Ben Franks, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Brad Thorn, Anthony Boric, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (capt), Kieran Read.
Replacements: Guildford for Jane (63), Cruden for Carter (54), Weepu for Cowan (41), Tialata for B. Franks (52), de Malmanche for Mealamu (63), Whitelock for Thorn (50), Vito for Kaino (38).

Ireland: Rob Kearney; Tommy Bowe, Brian O'Driscoll (capt), Gordon D'Arcy, Andrew Trimble; Ronan O'Gara, Tomas O'Leary; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Tony Buckley, Donncha O'Callaghan, Mick O'Driscoll, John Muldoon, David Wallace, Jamie Heaslip.
Replacements: G. Murphy for Kearney (70), Sexton for O'Gara (70), Reddan for O'Leary (70), Court for Healy (77), Fogarty for Cronin (77), Tuohy for M. O'Driscoll (35), Jennings for Muldoon (32).

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