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Ireland Eliminated From World Cup After All Blacks Annihilation In Tokyo

New Zealand 46-14 Ireland

Ireland have been eliminated from the 2019 Rugby World Cup after a scintillating performance from New Zealand brought the curtain down on Joe Schmidt’s reign as head coach. 

The atmosphere was at fever-pitch before a ball had even been kicked as the Fields of Athenry rang around Tokyo Stadium while New Zealand performed the Haka

When the game got underway it began at a frenetic pace as both sides looked to stamp their authority on the game with Garry Ringrose withdrawn temporarily for a blood injury after just four minutes.

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New Zealand struck first from a Richie Mo’unga penalty on five minutes following a knock-on from Jacob Stockdale that could easily have been an intercept try.

The southern hemisphere side continued to exert their dominance on the game and soon led by ten points when scrum-half Aaron Smith went over for the try before Mo’unga nailed the conversion.

After 15 minutes, Ireland already had their backs to the wall.

It went from bad to worse for Joe Schmidt’s men on 20 minutes when Smith went over for his second try of the game. Mo’unga made the conversion look easy. Trailing by 17 points at the midway point of the half, Ireland faced a huge uphill battle to remain in the game.

With less than 10 minutes to half-time, the game looked all but over when Mo’unga and Beauden Barrett capitalised on another Irish mistake to run in New Zealand’s third try of the game as they stretched their lead to 22 points.

Ireland looked to finally build some momentum as the clock entered into the red-zone. Just when it looked like their efforts had been rewarded with a penalty, Nigel Owens reversed the call after Peter O’Mahony was adjudged to have led with the shoulder.

Half-time score: New Zealand 22-0 Ireland

Ten minutes into the second half and New Zealand stretched their lead to 29 points when Codie Taylor ran in under the posts for their fourth try of the match following some excellent build-up play.

With 15 minutes remaining New Zealand turned it into an annihilation as Matt Todd crashed over the line after some excellent work from Sevu Reece to come in from the wing before being stopped just short of the line.

Ireland looked to have finally gotten points on the board when a break by Jacob Stockdale got them inside the New Zealand 22 only for Robbie Henshaw to make an error when failing to ground the ball.

It was a moment summed up perfectly by Rory McIlroy watching on in the stands.

Eventually, Ireland got their consolation try through Robbie Henshaw before Joey Carbery converted to leave 27 points between the sides with ten minutes to go.

The momentum didn’t last, however, as George Bridge got in on the act after an excellent carry from blindside flanker Ardie Savea.

Ireland showed some fight in the final five minutes as they tried to manufacture a second try. Eventually, they were rewarded with a penalty try after New Zealand continued to kill the ball underneath the posts.

Again, the All Blacks hit straight back. Jordie Barrett brought an end to Ireland’s Rugby World Cup with a walk-in try on 80 minutes.

New Zealand brought their A-game today. Ireland had no answers. Very demoralising.

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