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New Zealand Have Too Much For Ireland In One-Sided Victory

Ireland Sevens

New Zealand had too much for Ireland as Anthony Eddy’s side fell to a 34-7 defeat at Twickenham. 

Ireland opened their London 7s campaign with a superb 21-17 victory over England but New Zealand showed their ruthlessness by capitalising on mistakes time and time again.

Ireland began the game by winning their own kick-off but they lost possession in midfield which saw New Zealand take advantage as they played the ball wide to the physical Tone Ng Shiu. The powerful forward got past the first Ireland tackler before fending off Terry Kennedy three times before grounding the ball.

New Zealand missed the conversion and the next few minutes saw Ireland live quite dangerously before almost scoring through Jordan Conroy but a last-ditch tackle brought him to ground after Kennedy made the initial break.

Just before halftime, New Zealand got that crucial second try when Andrew Knewstubb collected the ball at pace and burst through a gap in a back-tracking Irish defence to touch down under the posts.

The straight-forward two points were converted which gave New Zealand a 12-0 lead at halftime.

New Zealand made it three when Regan Ware went over but it was a disappointing concession for Ireland who almost scored a try of their own but they turned the ball over close to their opponent’s line. New Zealand broke quickly and a missed tackle from Conroy saw them break down the far touchline before the ball was eventually offloaded to Ware.

Dylan Collier made it four soon after but Ireland did show some resilience as they hit back with a well worked try through Bryan Mollen.

Ireland worked hard to seek a second try but a knock on resulted in a scrum for their opponents and a ‘show and go’ from the base from Knewstubb saw him run 80m to touch down under the posts.

New Zealand finished off the rout with a second try from Ware to complete the 34-7 win.

Ireland’s final pool match is against Scotland and that kicks off at 5.54 pm.


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Author: Sean McMahon

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