To beat the All Blacks you've got to take them on - Fitzpatrick

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In The Sunday Times, former international Stuart Barnes, said: "It was a triumph of planning and execution. In the past, Ireland have beaten New Zealand with their non-stop work rate, their breakdown brilliance. This was different. This was a far more cerebral victory.

 

"To beat the All Blacks, tempo and territory have to be controlled. It is a long time since any side managed proceedings in such a way…Ireland had 63 per cent of territory; New Zealand 53 per cent of possession. Sometimes statistics lie, but these two were spot on.

 

"What they do not reveal is the utter territorial monopoly for the first 36 minutes of the match. Why 36 minutes? Because that is how long it took New Zealand to cross the Irish ten-metre line in open play," he said.

 

Peter Reilly in The Sunday Times said: "Claiming their first victory in New Zealand in those circumstances took composure and leadership. This is where Johnny Sexton came into his own.

 

"Maybe it will become known as [prop] Andrew Porter's match, given it is so rare for a loosehead prop to score both his team's tries, especially in a Test match of this brutal intensity. But it should also be remembered for Sexton's contribution to both those tries and for the way he protected and nurtured Ireland's lead, to the point where New Zealand simply had too much to do."

 

Brendan Gallagher in The Rugby Paper said: "Ireland finally broke their duck with a Test win in New Zealand and before all the inquests start on an incident-packed contest let it be stated loud and clear that they were immeasurably the better side and should have won by an even more commanding scoreline.

 

"The All Blacks were as comprehensively outplayed as at any time in the professional era and all this came after what appeared to be a thumping 42-19 win at Eden Park last week, but perversely that was a performance that gave Ireland hope."

 

 

Former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick told Britain's Sky Sports audience that he had no complaints with Ireland's win.

 

"To beat the All Blacks you've got to take them on, and that's exactly what Ireland did.

 

"They didn't give us an opportunity which created mistakes by the All Blacks. Silly mistakes; turning over the ball, penalties, red cards, yellow cards, all by pressure. You look at the tries that Ireland scored, just purely through pressure. Throwing the gauntlet down to the All Blacks.

 

"It'll be a tough seven days for the All Blacks because they weren't in the match. Obviously, the public will get on their backs and the coaches will be under pressure, the players will be under pressure," he said.

 

Rory Keane said in the Irish Mail on Sunday: "How times have changed. Ireland are beating the All Blacks with regularity these days. This was their fourth victory in six years. The aura and mystique has certainly dissipated.

 

"This was yet another line in the sand. Another big box ticked. Ireland have been touring New Zealand since 1976 and they have left empty-handed on every occasion. Until now.

 

"It's full steam ahead for the series decider…the hosts will be jittery now.

 

"Ireland are in bonus territory now and the mood music has changed…Now a series is on the line."

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