Ireland beat All Blacks (and other sport)

There has been a lot of sport of interest this morning. I have been up since about 4:00 am and to be honest, blogging has not received my full attention.

There has been a lot of rugby to watch, including:

  • a replay of the Black Ferns versus France (France played very well and held on to win 30-27)
  • Wales versus Tonga (close first half but Wales blitzed the 2nd to win 74-24)
  • England versus Japan (Japan led for a while by England pulled away to wi 35-15)
  • Australia eventually beat Italy 26-7 but battled for quite a bit of the game

I have also kept an eye on the final LPGA tournament of the year (Lydia Ko is currently tied for 8th but again not quite looking to contest the top of the leaderboard).

And I watched quite a bit of the Women’s cricket T20 match India versus Australia. Both these teams have beaten New Zealand to rule us out of advancing, but the quality of cricket in this game was excellent, with India ending up comfortably beating the Aussies.

Currently it is Scotland versus South Africa.

But roll on 8 am when the All Blacks versus Ireland will be a very interesting game to watch – between the best performing teams in the world at the moment.

And at the same time the Maori All Blacks are playing Chile. Sky Sport is good value at times.

A very intense close fought first half. Ireland deserve to lead 9-6 at half time (they probably deserve as bigger lead).

And a full on  second half, with the All Blacks making most of the play in the last half hour, but just too many critical mistakes and some poor options at times. They couldn’t score a try, and really didn’t look close to scoring.

Ireland 16, New Zealand 9

Ireland played their hearts out, particularly on defence, and deserved the win.

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  1. Ireland 16, New Zealand 9

    Well deserved win to Ireland.

    • Missy

       /  18th November 2018

      Agree. It is disappointing as a NZer to see my team lose, but I am glad they lost to a team that played as well as Ireland.

      My only regret is that I am not in Dublin to be out and experience the atmosphere, even better would be being in Cork or Limerick I think!

      It would be incredible to be there tonight.

      PS: I am glad that it was Ireland we lost to on this tour and not England last week!!

    • Corky

       /  18th November 2018

      How many shelias are for the bash tonight? How many sickies tomorrow? Or has society moved on from the All Blacks fate being our fate?

  2. PDB

     /  18th November 2018

    New Zealand fought back in the first test against Pakistan as well on a very difficult pitch. We need to sort out our batting though for aside from Williamson/ Taylor it looks pretty flimsy.

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  18th November 2018

    Vitai Lampada

    There’s a breathless hush in the Close tonight,
    Ten to make and the match to win,
    A bumping pitch and a blinding light,
    An hour to play and the last man in;
    And it’s not for the sake of a ribboned coat
    Or the selfish hope of a season’s fame,
    But his captain’s hand on his shoulder smote;
    ‘Play up ! Play up ! And play the game!’

    The sands of the desert are sodden and red,
    Red with the blood of the sqiare that broke,
    The colonel’s dead and the gatling jammed,
    And the regiment’s blinded with blood and smoke,
    The river of death has burst its banks,
    There England’s far and honour a name,
    When the voice of a school boy rallies the ranks;
    ‘Play up ! Play up ! And play the game!’

    These are the words that through the years
    While in her place the school is set,
    Every one of her sons must hear,
    And none that hear it dare forget.
    This they all with a joyful mind
    Carry aloft like a torch in flame *
    And falling, throw to the ranks behind
    “Play up ! Play up ! And play the game !’

    Henry Newbolt

    * I hope that this is right, I can’t be bothered to go and look it up in my Newbolt’s works


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