Ireland back to winning ways after Scotland lose 13-22 in Six Nations 2019

Ireland have taken victory leap after overcoming Scotland in the 2019 Six Nations Championship match. Scotland were defeated by World number 2 ranked team Ireland by 13-22 on 9th February 2019 at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. Ireland have won first match in the Six Nations 2019 after crashing out against England in their opening game. Scotland have lost after a run of seven consecutive home victories. This is first defeat for Scotland at Murrayfield Stadium after 2016 Six Nations. This is largest defeat for Scotland in an international match at Murrayfield, since Ireland subjected them to 10-40 defeat in Six Nations 2015. Rugby union teams hailing from northern hemisphere who are participating in 2019 Six Nations Championship, are getting ample preparation for Rugby World Cup 2019.

Scotland attacked on favourits Ireland in the start of match. Scottish captain Greig Laidlaw opened score with a penalty on 7′. Ireland came charging with scrum-half Conor Murray kicking a try on 10′. Irish winger Jacob Stockdale nailed a try on 17′, that Conor Murray converted on 17′. Scottish centre Sam Johnson smashed a try on 29′, and skipper Greig Laidlaw followed with subsequent conversion on 30′. Scotland were two points behind with 10-12 versus Ireland on half time. Scottish side had displayed strong performance in first half to take Irish team to the breaking point. But then Scotland missed chance in last five minutes before break to take lead.

Ireland make victorious return by defeating Scotland in Six Nations 2019
Ireland make victorious return by defeating Scotland in Six Nations 2019

Ireland dominated second half, attacking Scottish defence after half time. Keith Earls hit a try on 56′, that Joseph Carbery converted on 57′. Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw booted a penalty on 62′. Joseph Carbery hit a penalty on 69′ to seal the game for Ireland. Scotland had lost the steam and could not make another scoring shot. Scoreline read 13-22 with Ireland in front, having nine point lead over Scotland. Match finished with Scotland dejected and Ireland coming out as victorious team by 13-22 on closing time.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said: “I think we just muscled our way through it. We restricted them to an intercept try and it was a massive defensive effort. Scotland are a good team who play in a really positive manner.”

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw stated: “Romain Poite picked us up in the middle of the field, Sean O’Brien’s reefed the ball out and he’s given a knock-on right in front of him.He doesn’t seem to like us, Romain. He refereed us against South Africa as well and we don’t seem to see eye-to-eye. We’re not going to blame him, we look at ourselves, and credit to Ireland.”

Scotland Vs Ireland 13-22
9th February 2019 – Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland
Scotland: 13
Try: Sam Johnson (29′)
Con: Greig Laidlaw (30′)
Pen: Greig Laidlaw (7′, 62′)
Ireland: 22
Try: Conor Murray (10′), Jacob Stockdale (17′), Keith Earls (56′)
Con: Conor Murray (17′), Joseph Carbery (57′)
Pen: Joseph Carbery (69′)

Ireland stunned by England 20-32 in 2019 Six Nations

Ireland have a dismal start to their 2019 Six Nations Championship campaign, with a 20-32 defeat against England on 2nd February 2019 at Aviva Stadium, Dublin. England under coach Eddie Jones kicked their Six Nations 2019 quest by outclassing 2018 champions Ireland. Six Nations Championship offers important preparation of Rugby World Cup 2019 for rugby union teams from northern hemisphere.

England outclass Ireland in Six Nations 2019
England outclass Ireland in Six Nations 2019

England attacked right from the beginning with Jonathan May scoring a try in 2′, that captain Owen Farrell converted on 3′ to make score 0-7 in visitors favour. Ireland replied with a penalty by Jonathan Sexton on 11′. Irish prop Cian Healy hit a try on 25′, which Jonathan Sexton converted on 26′ to turn scoreline read 10-7. Elliot Daly put England ahead with a try on 30′ and subsequent conversion by Farrell on 31′. Owen Farrell nailed a penalty on 40′ to put England in lead with 10-17 score on half time.

Jonathan Sexton kicked a penalty on 55′ to take Ireland close. But then England went on rampage to take game out of Ireland. Henry Slade smashed a try on 66′, while Owen Farrell connected a penalty on 70′. Henry Slade scored his second try on 76′, with a conversion by Farrell on 77′. John Cooney consoled Ireland with a try on 80′ with a conversion by Jonathan Sexton to make scoreboard read 20-32 with England emerging victorious on match close.

This was first home defeat for Ireland under coach Joe Schmidt in Six Nations Championship. This loss finished Ireland’s 12-match winning streak at home. This was first victory of England against Ireland at Aviva Stadium after their win in 2013 Six Nations, which had also ended the run of 14 unbeaten matches by Ireland at Aviva Stadium. England won the Millennium Trophy for 19th time with Ireland trailing by 13 awards.

Ireland Vs England 20-32
2nd February 2019 – Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Ireland: 20
Try: Cian Healy (25′), John Cooney (80′)
Con: Jonathan Sexton (26′, 80′)
Pen: Jonathan Sexton (11′, 55′)
England: 32
Try: Jonathan May (2′), Elliot Daly (30′), Henry Slade (66′, 76′)
Con: Owen Farrell (3′, 31′, 77′)
Pen: Owen Farrell (40′, 70′)

New Zealand favourite for Rugby World Cup with Ireland following

Three times world champions New Zealand are favorites for 2019 Rugby World Cup. But they will have to keep close eye on Ireland. World number one ranked All Blacks had a seesaw year in 2018 with highs and lows. World No. ranked Irish side had defeated New Zealand 16-9 in Autumn Internationals 2018 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Steve Hansen’s All Blacks have now lost two out of three last games played against Joe Schmidt’s Irish team. Johnny Sexton, Ireland vice-captain played important role in the wins. Ireland have revealed that there are some weakness in New Zealand’s arsenal in a long while. This opens up the stacks for the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

New Zealand are Favourite for Rugby World Cup with Ireland following
New Zealand are Favourite for Rugby World Cup with Ireland following

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen said: “As of now they are the number-one team in the world. So if you want to make them World Cup favourites, go ahead. I guess they are favourites.”

New Zealand top the World Rugby Rankings, closely followed by Ireland. While other top Rugby Union teams like Wales, England, South Africa, Australia and Scotland are trailing closely behind. It is hard to think of a World Cup like the 2015 edition, when all four semi-finalists came from the southern hemisphere.

This comes after All Blacks lost 34-36 against South Africa in September 2018 at Wellington, thus ending 15-match winning streak by New Zealand. It was first loss at home by All Blacks versus an international Rugby Union side since 2009, apart from defeat against British and Irish Lions in 2017. New Zealand are ruling the World Rugby scene since their third Rugby World Cup title win in 2015. All Blacks are double defending champions as they had won RWC edition at their home turf in 2011. New Zealand were also world champions of the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987.

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus said: “We’ve shown on the day when everything’s aligned and the guys are all in the same frame of mind, we can beat the All Blacks away and win a series against England”.

“It’s wide open,” he said of the World Cup. “I’ve been involved in World Cups since 1995, but really this one I couldn’t put money on who’s going to be in the semi-finals.”

Sonny Bill Williams Clues to Continue All Blacks Career Beyond Rugby World Cup

All Black Sonny Bill Williams has proposed that he may continue playing after next year’s Rugby World Cup. It was thought that Williams would probably draw the curtain on his stellar rugby profession in Japan, with other promises such as family and study now taking up more of his time. But the 51-test veteran told the Sydney Morning Herald that he still energy to play test rugby and would even reflect looking into rugby league proposals.

“I’ve enjoyed the process so far,” he said. “And I have to think about what I will do in the future. I am positioning myself in case that becomes an option. I am enjoying doing a bit of studying and keeping my brain going in a different way.

“The last couple of years have been tough with injury, but I still have the fire inside me. I still feel fresh.

“I’m not sure if league is in my future at 33 [but] if there are offers, I will examine it with my family and go from there.”

The 33-year-old code hopping superstar tackled off against Australian Bachelorette winner Stu Laundy in a four, two-minute round charity boxing bout on Saturday night, in an event called ‘The Banger Under the Hanger’.
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Ireland stun New Zealand in Autumn Internationals 2018

Ireland have beaten New Zealand 16-9 in the 2018 Autumn Internationals match at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The contest between World champions and The Rugby Championship winner All Blacks and Irish team was closely fought. Number 2 ranked side Ireland won against World number 1 team New Zealand, earning first ever home victory in 113 years. Previous 16 home games in Dublin had resulted in All Blacks wins and a single draw. Jonathan Sexton was main contributor for Ireland with Jacob Stockdale also hitting a try. Beauden Barrett tried his best to revive All Blacks but he was the lone fighter. This game also served as preparation of Rugby World Cup 2019 for national rugby union teams of both Ireland and New Zealand.

Ireland Vs New Zealand Rugby - Autumn Internationals 2018
Ireland Vs New Zealand – Rugby Union – Autumn Internationals 2018

Jonathan Sexton of Ireland made first scoring of the match with a 11′ penalty. Beauden Barrett of New Zealand equalized the score with a 17′ penalty of his own. Jonathan Sexton put Irish side in front with 27′ penalty. Jonathan Sexton responded with a drop goal on 29′. Jonathan Sexton completed hat-trick of penalties on 39′. Ireland were leading with 9-6 on half time and also battered All Blacks in terms of possession and territory.

Ireland tightened screws in the second half on New Zealand. Jacob Stockdale hit a try on 48′ and Jonathan Sexton converted it on 50′. Irish side were way ahead of All Blacks with 16 points. Beauden Barrett smashed his second penalty on 69’ to take his team’s tally to 9 points. New Zealand could not score any more in last 10 minutes. Ireland finished as winners with 16-9 against the world champions All Blacks. This win will boost their confidence as Ireland get perfect preparation for RWC 2019 by beating last two times world champions New Zealand. Steve Hansen, the All Blacks coach will have to boost New Zealand preparations for RWC 2019 in Japan by tweaking strategy, controlling indiscipline and trying new team combinations.

Ireland captain Rory Best said: “To stop New Zealand scoring a try shows what a fantastic effort it was. The boys are very tired in there but it’s amazing what a win like that can do to give you a little bit more energy. It’s a big result for us no matter what the context is. Yet again, we’ve raised the standard of what we expect. The problem is Joe and the team and going to expect that and more [from now on].”

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said: “I am so proud. I thought it was a fantastic Test. It was billed as 1 v 2 and was definitely a heavyweight contest. Andy Farrell is delighted because it’s so seldom the All Blacks don’t score a try. We were at home, and they were on a back of a long series of games around the world. The crowd were phenomenal tonight. There were a lot of things that went in our favour. It was an incredibly collective and hard-earned win and I’m really proud of it.”

Ireland Vs New Zealand 16-9
17 November 2018 – Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Ireland: 16
Try: Jacob Stockdale (48′)
Con: Jonathan Sexton (50′)
Pen: Jonathan Sexton (11′, 27′, 39′)
New Zealand: 9
Pen: Beauden Barrett (17′, 69′)
Drop: Beauden Barrett (29′)

Ireland outclass Italy 54-7 in 2018 Autumn Internationals

Ireland defeated Italy 54-7 in Autumn Internationals 2018 at Soldier Field in Chicago, USA. 2018 Six Nations Champions Ireland outclassed Italian rugby side in all aspects of the game. Irish full-back Jordan Larmour made a hat-trick of tries. Scoreboard on break time was 14-7 with Ireland leading. Second half was all about Irish attack as 40 unanswered points closed game on 54-7. It is a perfect start to Ireland campaign in 2018 Autumn Internationals. With this win Ireland national rugby team have launched preparations of Rugby World Cup 2019.

Ireland Vs Italy Rugby - Autumn Internationals 2018
Ireland Vs Italy Rugby – Autumn Internationals 2018

Ireland were outstanding in all aspects of the game. They regularly penetrated in the Italy side and there was little challenge the opponents could offer. Jordan Larmour scored a hat-trick of tries in his first test appearance. Irish lock Tadhg Beirne kicked two penalties. Luke McGrath, Garry Ringrose, Sean Cronin all touched down for Ireland. Joey Carbery added five conversions with Ross Byrne registering two. Ireland will look to capitalize on this victory for Irish preparation for RWC 2019 in Japan.

Ireland captain Rhys Ruddock said: “We’ve really enjoyed the experience of playing in Chicago and it was a tough Test match against Italy. We knew we were inaccurate at times and didn’t pick up the tempo. We knew we wanted to pick up the tempo in the second half and hold onto the ball for longer. We managed to do that and the scoreline maybe flattered us a bit.”

Ireland Vs Italy 54-7
3 November 2018 – Soldier Field, Chicago, USA
Ireland: 54
Try: Beirne 2, L McGrath, Larmour 3, Cronin, Ringrose
Con: Carbery 5, Byrne 2
Italy: 7
Try: Campagnaro
Con: Canna