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′)

New Zealand win against England in Autumn Internationals 2018

England came close to toppling New Zealand in 2018 Autumn Internationals match at London’s Twickenham Stadium. Red Roses ended agonizingly one point short at 15-16 as World champions All Blacks won the game. England attacked from the start and had 15-0 lead early in the match. Chris Ashton, captain Dylan Hartley and co-captain Owen Farrell scored for English side. New Zealand staged a counter-attack with Damian McKenzie and Beauden Barrett. Scoreline on break time was 15-10 with Red Roses in front. All Blacks have won two matches in Autumn Internationals 2018 so far. This win is a boost for New Zealand national rugby team in their preparations of Rugby World Cup 2019.

England Vs New Zealand - Autumn Internationals 2018
England Vs New Zealand Rugby – Autumn Internationals 2018

England were outstanding early on in the game. They regularly attacked the New Zealand side with opponents offering little challenge. Try by returning Chris Ashton in 2’ signaled that Eddie Jones’ side is up for a battle with All Blacks. Co-captain Owen Farrell hit a drop-goal on 10’ to carry on the good form against Springboks. Red Roses skipper Dylan Hartley kicked a try in 24′ which Owen Farrell successfully converted. New Zealand started attacking England line after going in deficit of 15 points. Damian McKenzie opened scoring for All Blacks with a try in 39’ which Beauden Barrett converted. Barrett shooted a penalty in 40’ to make scoreboard read 15-10 thus reducing English lead to just 5 points. This performance showcased that England preparation of RWC 2019 is on the right track.

Second half saw New Zealand dominate in attack and equally solid defense. Beauden Barrett scored a drop-goal in 46’ to narrow the gap further. Barrett smashed a penalty in 60’ to make All Blacks score 16, hence taking one point lead. English flanker Sam Underhill attempted a try in closing minutes, but match referee Dan Jones (Wales) asked television match official Marius Jonker (South Africa) to have a look. Try was ruled out as Courtney Lawes was judged offside. Farrell made last attempt before close, but it failed. All Blacks won by a point, but England also gave a super performance. This game is good for the New Zealand preparations for RWC 2019. English team with coach Eddie Jones and co-captain Owen Farrell were happy on Red Roses’ fight against world champions All Blacks.

England Vs New Zealand 15-16
10 November 2018 – Twickenham Stadium, London
England: 15
Try: Ashton (2′), Hartley (24′)
Con: Farrell (25′)
Drop: Farrell (10’)
New Zealand: 16
Try: McKenzie (39′)
Con: B Barrett (39′)
Penalty: B Barrett (40′, 60′)
Drop: B Barrett (46′)