The Write Profile wrote:I can't disagree with your summary - it was an ugly game enlivened by some occasional brilliance by Beauden Barrett- and the All Blacks seemed determined to grind the match out. Ireland were up to the challenge but could have been more enterprising, especially when you consider that the All Blacks were playing with only 14 men for 20 minutes.
They really should be able to win games with those sort of odds, but with Sexton ( hammy ) and 2-3 others off the field with injuries their much vaunted bench couldn't deliver, and whilst they aren't moaning about the AB's rough house tactics they are moaning about the BB try which they claim was in touch.
Not that it makes much difference to the final result, they couldn't put together moves like they did last week because they couldn't get sustained front foot ball because New Zealand did to them what they did to New Zealand last week, knocked them out of their stride and backwards.
We'll see how they bounce back against the Wallabies now because what was looking like a possible routing has suddenly got more interesting with their injuries.
Their front row will be liking their lips at the Wallabies reversion to collapsing type in France though, they lost every single scrum in the match apparently, including 3 against the head.
Cheika is moaning about the French boring in but if you can't sort something like that out when the ref isn't seeing a problem you really shouldn't be playing international rugby and it isn't as if this isn't a long term Wallaby malaise where they are usually the ones pulling every trick in the book not to scrummage straight.