All Blacks score six tries, including three in eight first half minutes, as they respond to strong Ireland start to secure a 1-0 series lead; Jordie Barrett, Sevu Reece, Quinn Tupaea, Ardie Savea (two), Pita Gus Sowakula score; Keith Earls, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki score for Ireland
By Michael Cantillon
Last Updated: 02/07/22 10:11am
A quick three-try blast was crucial as New Zealand took a 1-0 series lead vs Ireland at Eden Park, winning 42-19 against the luckless visitors.
Ireland, who have never won against the All Blacks in New Zealand, made the better start to the Test and dominated the opening half hour as Keith Earls scored early.
Andy Farrell’s team failed to add to that score, however, as full-back Jordie Barrett struck, before wing Sevu Reece critically intercepted deep in his 22 as Ireland looked to get over, before sprinting virtually the length of the pitch.
Ireland skipper Johnny Sexton was forced to depart after that score on 30 minutes, as a slip saw his head collide with the knee of Sam Cane, before he failed a HIA.
New Zealand – Tries: Jordie Barrett (21), Reece (30), Tupaea (36), Savea (38, 53), Sowakula. Cons: Jordie Barrett (22, 31, 37, 39, 55, 72).
Ireland – Tries: Earls (6), Ringrose (44), Aki (77). Cons: Carbery (45, 78).
The All Blacks then scored twice in two minutes through centre Quinn Tupaea and No 8 Ardie Savea, and though Garry Ringrose replied for Ireland early in the second half, they had further Joey Carbery and Josh van der Flier tries ruled out for the TMO after last-gasp interventions by Rieko Ioane on both occasions.
Savea grabbed his second, before replacement Pita Gus Sowakula scored on his Test debut, and Bundee Aki grabbed Ireland’s third to complete the scoring.
More to follow…
Ireland are next in action for their second Test of the three-Test series vs the All Blacks in a week’s time on Saturday, July 9, live on Sky Sports Action from 7.30am (8.05am kick off).