O'Driscoll rues mistakes

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Brian O'Driscoll acknowledged New Zealand's dangerous turnover style of rugby
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Brian O'Driscoll acknowledged New Zealand's dangerous turnover style of rugby

Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll believes mistakes proved costly as his side lost 42-10 to New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland.

Debutant winger Julian Savea scored a hat-trick as Ireland had no answer for the pace and power of the world champions' backline. The Hurricanes winger ran in three tries inside the first 43 minutes of his first international outing and the running lines and swift incisions of Israel Dagg, Conrad Smith also caused Ireland problems.

O'Driscoll said: "They are definitely one of the best teams in the world on turnover football. They made us pay a couple of times."

He added: "It was a considerable step up from the provincial stuff. Test match rugby is a different level and I think they bring a good intensity and tempo to it. They try to keep the ball in play as much as possible and back themselves.

"For some of their scores we didn't help ourselves but they definitely created a few themselves too. I don't know whether it was a 32-point game but they were considerable, worthy winners."

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw was not completely satisfied with his team's performance.

McCaw praised the debut efforts of Savea, Aaron Smith and Brodie Retalick but believes there is more to come.

He said: "It was definitely a step up from Super Rugby. The Irish put a lot of heat on the breakdown and we had a lot of ball carriers taken down too early.

"If we get that right and get good, quick ball next week then we can put more pressure on. We can step it up again."

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