The New Zealand Media Reacts To Ireland’s Win Over The All Blacks
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Kings of the world.
Ireland can now claim to be the “best team in the world” following last night’s win over world champions the All Blacks according to several members of the New Zealand media.
Joe Schmidt’s men made it an unprecedented 11 wins in-a-row at the Aviva Stadium with a stunning 16-9 victory in Dublin last night, sending shockwaves around the world of rugby.
Gregor Paul from the New Zealand Herald, who questioned Ireland’s recruitment policy earlier this week, says the men in green produced a performance that was “brave, creative and relentless.”
“Ireland can now claim to be the best team in the world after producing a stunning performance that was brave, creative and relentless.” Paul said
“Ireland versus New Zealand is the great rivalry of the modern age.”
“And maybe, just maybe, Ireland having won two of the last three can say they are edging it.”
““They had an answer to everything the All Blacks threw at them and they never panicked, never looked overawed by the occasion.”
Writing in the same paper, Liam Napier also referred to Ireland as the best team in the world, saying “this was the best against the best. And Ireland prevailed. Forget the rankings, that’s all there is to it.”
“Once again, Andy Farrell’s defensive system held the All Blacks tryless,” wrote Napier.
“Everywhere you looked there was another desperate man in green.”
Over in the Otago Daily Times, Patrick McKendry waxed lyrical about Ireland, stating “a team who look the complete package.”
“Their defence was incredible. They will be a huge World Cup threat.” McKendry wrote
And finally over on stuff.co.nz, Richard Knowler believes Ireland “are the unofficial kings of world rugby” following last night’s heroic victory.