All Blacks back to best in record romp

Alastair Bull, NZ Newswire Updated June 23, 2012, 10:48 pm

The All Blacks have well and truly put their narrow second Test escape against Ireland behind them, blowing the Irish away in a record-breaking 60-0 victory in Saturday's third Test in Hamilton.

Four tries in the first 25 minutes, all of which Aaron Cruden had a big hand in before going off injured, knocked the spirit out of Ireland, who couldn't lift themselves after last week's deflating 22-19 loss in Christchurch.

The All Blacks eventually scored nine tries and their victory was their largest winning margin over Ireland.

The All Blacks were better in nearly every area than they were in Christchurch, dominating the breakdown, improving greatly in the scrum and defence, and looking dangerous in attack.

Two backflips from Cruden set up the first two All Blacks inside the first 15 minutes to Sam Cane and Sonny Bill Williams, though there was a suspicion Cruden lost the ball forward in the lead-up.

An inside pass from Cruden put Williams in for a third, and he then scooped up a lost Irish ball 70m out to set Ben Smith away before limping off with a knee injury.

Ireland went down to 14 men right on halftime after fullback Rob Kearney was adjudged to have deliberately knocked on, and while he was away the All Blacks scored again through Cane and Hosea Gear.

The biggest cheer of the night came when Chiefs stalwart Liam Messam scored from a Cane pass, and further tries to Israel Dagg and Adam Thomson rounded off a record-breaking night for the All Blacks.

The All Blacks have twice scored more points against Ireland than they did on Saturday but their winning margin of 60 was their greatest, topping the 59-6 victory they scored at Athletic Park, Wellington in 1992.

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  1. LJ03:36pm Tuesday 26th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Can't wait to see the AB's play in the Bledislo and Tri-nations they are the one's to watch!!

  2. Activist for Change12:19am Sunday 24th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Brilliant game. However, I agree with the comment above (placed here as Yahoo NZ limits the stories we can comment on) about the All BLack having his assault conviction overturned beggering belief. Since when has ''consideration of a conviction affecting one's income earning potential'' been a factor in sentencing? The All Blacks are are talented bunch but yet again it appears that somebody in the NZRU has a direct ear to the judicial bench!

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  3. Lisa06:17pm Saturday 23rd June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Its not our falt we happen to live in the best little province in NZ :)

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  4. Perplexed05:37pm Saturday 23rd June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Amasing realy the nthern netball & rugby teams going so well,then theres that sthern ones fighting for bottom of thu ti-table ah.Just as well I`m a humble Waikato boy ah

  5. Perplexed05:13pm Saturday 23rd June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    An yu holding it thu wrong way up,ah,are yu watching the magic netball team teach thu Aussees how to play? Bit Like Cheifs v crucuttas ah.

  6. ROMMEL05:08pm Saturday 23rd June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    black black black drive the irish back ,,,black black black paddy is bloody slack ,,,well not a poet but hey i think i can see the bottom of this rum bottle ,,,,,ja

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  7. LJ03:39pm Saturday 23rd June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Go the AB's do well have a great game!!

  8. Lisa03:36pm Saturday 23rd June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Must be boring over on those pages perp...maybe hebe a tad sick of all the whinging over there i mean its friggin depressing!! Gooooo the mighty magic :) How Irene Van Dyk $) yrs old and stillsticking it to the younger players . Aussie playing Wales too -ill be channel surfing :)

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  9. Perplexed03:19pm Saturday 23rd June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Yea get back to the buss pages motormouth enof tu give us the hebegebees ah.

  10. Lisa03:07pm Saturday 23rd June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Be good if could just put all of what you wanna say into the one comment Hebe :)


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