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Far Away Fields Are Greener, The Near Ones Are Still Black

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Far away fields are greener but today, far away they still remain. The All Blacks were in town, with them they had a box that contained Irish rugby history. That box was open for eighty minutes yesterday before they unapologetically stuffed the history books back in and closed the lid, as we watched on helplessly. I knew walking into the stadium yesterday that it felt different. The crowd were up for it, more importantly the players were really up for it. Sport is cruel, it wouldn’t carry with it the highs and lows that it does otherwise. There is however no sport on the planet that could have had so much at stake during a ‘friendly’. Last week’s display was still fresh in the minds of the home support but they were up for ‘giving it a go’, Irish teams seem to play better for some reason when nothing is expected of them, when a good performance will count as a result. The air was thick as the formalities got underway, if I swung a samurai sword at that point in time, it would have stuck fast in the unyielding thickness of atmosphere. Three national anthems later we were ready for that tradition of all traditions. As far as watching grown men slap their legs and arms in an act of intimidation goes, yesterday’s didn’t weigh in with the threat that it usually carries. It was short and sweet, too short, too sweet. Continue reading

All Blacks Claim Victory As Wallabies Hold Off Argentina

Daniel Carter of New Zealand walks off injured

Rugby Championship

The Rugby Championship enjoyed a fiesty fourth round of fixtures with the physicality of South Africa’s performance and some dodgy refereeing decisions stealing the headlines from a tight affair in Australia.

New Zealand 29 – 15 South Africa

New Zealand were the most consistent team in this game and really established their lead in the first half.

An early try by New Zealander Kieran Read set the tone for a classic game of rugby, with the ever reliable Dan Carter making no mistake with the conversion. South Africa responded with a penalty by Morne Steyn. Shortly after Carter was injured due to a powerful tackle by Bismark Du Plessis, who was sin binned for this tackle.  There was some controversy over some refereeing decisions in this game but this was not one such incident.  New Zealand went on to score a second try as Brodie Retallick raced over the line to pull his team further in front. Beauden Barrett converted in Carter’s absence . Du Plessis returned to score the Springboks first try of the game , with Steyn duly converting . New Zealand’s Barrett put a penalty between the posts to give his side a half time lead of 17-10.   Continue reading