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Finished Waikato Stadium

  • Live Commentary

    • New Zealand
    • Ireland
    • 80+1' FULL TIME! But Ireland cannot find it. They have been battered by the All Blacks at somewhere near their most rampant. A disappointing way to end a series where at times they ran New Zealand close, but the men in black were just too good today.
    • 80' The hooter sounds with Ireland still in possession - they don't choose to end their own misery - they fight on looking for some kind of consolation.
    • 79' The All Blacks bunt the ball forward - do they have time for one more score?
    • 78' Just as it looks as if Ireland a making progress, they are caught napping by Mealamu and concede a penalty. NZ scrum.
    • 77' In fariness to Ireland, they have not been desperately poor today - it's just that New Zealnad have raised their level so high from last week.
    • 76' A spirited finish to this match from Ireland, who are now competing hard on the NZ 22.
    • 75' Not even with the game sewn up are Ireland allowed to break. New Zealand putting on a clinic here.
    • 74' Some running rugby from the Irish! They break the line but Trimble is marshalled out before he can get close to a finish.
    • 73' NZ 60-0 IRELAND! Easy conversion for Barrett, and the rout continues.
    • 72' TRY! NZ 58-0 IRELAND! Inevitable. Romano floored, but the next phase sees Thomson burst through, and he adds insult to injury.
    • 71' One-handed offload out of the back of the hand from Williams to Romano - magical. Ireland in trouble once more...
    • 70' A rare handling error from the All Blacks on the attack hands O'Gara possession, and Ireland try to break out of their own half.
    • 69' McCaw scarcely looks out of breath after yet another big hit. New Zealand have the scrum with a put-in for Weepu.
    • 68' Sam Cane comes off to rousing applause from Thomson. Next All Black into action is Adam Thomson.
    • 67' Cian Healy smashed backwards by Romano - Healy won't be used to that kind of treatment.
    • 66' Ireland grabbed a consolation in the first Test through McFadden, but there are some long faces amongst the Ireland coaching staff today. It's been miserable.
    • 65' Stupendous kick from Dagg now - taking New Zealand from well inside their own half to about 10 metres out from the line once more.
    • 64' NZ 53-0 IRELAND! And this time Barrett adds the extras.
    • 63' TRY! NZ 51-0 IRELAND! Dagg in trouble? No - he's back on his feet and racing through after Sonny Bill Williams turns provider. Dagg unchallenged as he crosses straight for the eighth try of the night.
    • 62' Some more changes made by New Zealand, with Conrad Smith now off the field, but on the field Dagg is being treated for an injury to his leg.
    • 61' New Zealand going through the phases now. They haven't had to do too much of it, frankly, but they're happy to keep applying the pressure.
    • 60' The most disconcerting thing for Ireland is that there's still a quarter of this match remaining. What could the final score be?
    • 59' Barrett should notch the straight conversion with ease, but hits the post instead. That's poor - but not a mistake which will come back to bite him.
    • 58' TRY! NZ 46-0 IRELAND! Messam was the provider last time out - he's the finisher here in front of home fans. Kearney does his best to drag him back as he bursts for the line, but much like this match, it's now a lost cause.
    • 57' Whitelock replaced by Retallick for the All Blacks. He comes straight into a lineout just in front of the Ireland 22.
    • 56' To make matters worse, McFadden cannot reel Barrett's ball in from the line, and his handling error cedes territory to the world champions.
    • 55' Good chargedown from Ryan - catches Smith out on his own 22 - but no luck with where it ends up - straight to Barrett, who punts the ball further clear.
    • 54' Kearney has been on for the best part of five minutes now after his sin-binning, though you'd scarcely know it. Ireland look short of bodies. Meantime O'Gara has replaced Wallace. McLaughlin has had to come off too - Henry replaces him.
    • 53' McLaughlin is soldiering on. Ireland have given what they can, but it looks as if going close last week and going unrewarded has taken its toll.
    • 52' Kevin McLaughlin appears to have hurt his shoulder quite seriously here - he's with the physio and wincing as he tries to work it. Ireland meanwhile clear their lines.
    • 51' Ouch. McFadden tackled by two All Blacks, two more follow in at the breakdown, turnover ball, and New Zealand away. That was this game in a play.
    • 50' No conversion from right out there on the touchline, but it scarcely matters, does it?
    • 49' TRY! NZ 41-0 IRELAND! The mauling continues! The ball spins left to Gear, who just seems to wade through the tackles and tuck the ball into the corner. That's his sixth Test try, once it's been checked out by the TMO, and it's another example of how destructive the All Blacks cna be.
    • 48' Mealamu, on as sub, throws a confident lineout ball in, and New Zealand move forward. Rory Best will have to match that throw now - but doesn't. Cane picks it up.
    • 47' McCaw drives Healy back in the tackle - extraordinary challenge. Slighlty spoiled by the hands in the ruck which follows - and Sexton kicks a little closer to the corner.
    • 46' Sexton boots Ireland forward to the edge of the 22, and Ireland will have a lineout.
    • 45' NZ 36-0 IRELAND! Barrett notches from close range. Easy as you like. The question now is: How bad can it get?
    • 44' TRY! NZ 34-0 IRELAND! Super stuff with the flankers insturmental. Messam runs a great line, the ball comes to Cane, who is still juggling the ball as he crosses under the posts. Ireland a man down and now five tries adrift.
    • 43' Poor pass from Aaron Smith - not been too many times you could say that. But still New Zealand come.
    • 42' Early pressure from the home side, despite a forward pass from Smith. Ball keeps finding its way back into the hands of the All Blacks.
    • 41' A big second half begins - New Zealand kick off.
    • 40+3' NZ 29-0 IRELAND! Lovely kick from out wide on the right. Those are Barrett's first points in international rugby. A wretched half for Ireland - an authoritative one from the world champions.
    • 40+2' Tough call - and Ireland's job is getting tougher by the minute. They'll begin the second half without their full-back, and Barrett has a kick for more points...
    • 40+1' Cane's ball to the right blocked by Kearney - and no - Poite doesn't like that at all. A yellow card for a deliberate knock-on!
    • 40' The klaxon sounds, and New Zealand are in possession - can they add gloss to this half-time scoreline?
    • 39' Ireland have a little more defending to do before the break. Lineout inside the 22, which they take cleanly.
    • 38' Ireland have managed to stem the wave of points at least. The absence of Cruden has definitely affected New Zealand's creativity.
    • 37' Ryan very nearly through there - once again the All Blacks find a way to send the men in green backwards.
    • 36' Scrum on halfway - Ireland's put-in. Again the tourists try to build, but Whitelock and McCaw are the latest All Blacks to put some crushing, dispiriting tackles in.
    • 35' Messam almost made a big mess of that - losing the ball without being under great pressure. He grabs it moments before Keith Earls can poke it beyond him.
    • 34' Aaron Smith reacts first when the ball squeezes out of the second scrum. An opportunity passes for Ireland.
    • 33' Ireland have actually had more possession and territory than New Zealand in this half. Tell it to the scoreboard.
    • 32' Ireland finally swing the ball out left, but O'Driscoll does not gather the pass from Sexton. We come back for the penalty, but that's a big opportunity missed. The second chance will come from a scrum at 5m.
    • 31' Kearney gains precious metres after an inside ball, but he's driven backwards. This is Ireland's chance, however, and they're holding on to possession and they have an advantage to boot. 17 phases and counting.
    • 30' Some game running from Ireland as they creep into the New Zealand 22. The move is eight phases and counting.
    • 29' First excellent piece from scrummaging from Ireland - and they drive New Zealand back several metres there. That had shades of last week's performance.
    • 28' Cane thunders into Wallace, who was running on to an Ireland switch play. Down goes Wallace - who, to be fair, was on holiday in Portugal this time a week ago. More monumental work from the All Black forwards.
    • 27' Ireland finally look as if they've found a little something as Rory Best drives down the left side - but no! Poite brings them back having spotted a crossover from Kearney in the build-up. Penalty for the home side.
    • 26' In 25 minutes Cruden had a hand in four New Zealand tries. He'll hate to be off the park, but as far as contributions go, there'll be worse.
    • 25' And in fact it is over for Cruden, who looks to have injured his knee at some point in that move. Beauden Barrett replaces him.
    • 24' Dagg cannot convert the try from out wide, but it scarcely matters. The game looks to already be over.
    • 23' TRY! NZ 26-0 IRELAND! Oh dear oh dear. Another errant pass between Wallace and O'Driscoll - Cruden intercepts, lays it off to Conrad Smith, who releases Ben Smith for New Zealand's fourth try of the night.
    • 22' Ireland driven back and wheeled on their own scrum, but they do manage to grab hold of the ball and get playing. The backs look to run through some passes but O'Driscoll's ball to McFadden is beyond the winger and straight out of play.
    • 21' A point a minute so far for New Zealand. Sonny Bill Williams and Cruden in particular have been devastating for the All Blacks.
    • 20' NZ 21-0 IRELAND! Kicking duties pass to Dagg, and he duly obliges. Only a quarter of this match through, and Ireland in deep trouble.
    • 19' TRY! NZ 19-0 IRELAND! It's the same link up once again - Cruden and Williams. After the forwards and Smith control the ball, the backs do the rest, and it's all too simple for Sonny Bill to score his second.
    • 18' New Zealand a metre or two from the Irish line once again. The forwards building pressure, and Ireland on the back foot.
    • 17' There was some reaction in New Zealand to the edgy nature of their win over Ireland last time around - they've certainly stepped thing sup so far.
    • 16' Cruden misses that kick to the left by some distance. His kicking is not on the same level as Dan Carter's, who he replaces today, and that was a poor strike.
    • 15' Ireland penalised at the breakdown, and the All Blacks have a penalty from kickable distance.
    • 14' Already Ireland look like they're in some trouble here. Is there a way back into the game for the men in green?
    • 13' NZ 14-0 IRELAND! Easy conversion for Cruden just to the left of the posts - and this is an ominous start from the All Blacks.
    • 12' TRY! NZ 12-0 IRELAND! That was magnificent. Williams scores it but it was made by Cruden, who looked like he had been tackled only to offload one-handed inches from the ground. Williams is lightning quick and 18 stone - he does the rest.
    • 11' Smith so nearly picks out Dagg with a killer ball, Tuohy so nearly picks the perfect time to intercept. In the end, he knocks on and New Zealand have the scrum.
    • 10' Big hit on Sean O'Brien, turnover, and a huge boot forward into touch - that's the All Black machine in action - and they're back in the Ireland half.
    • 9' Ireland make a decent reply, getting forward. But New Zealand's defence already looks much tighter than it was last week.
    • 8' NZ 7-0 IRELAND! And despite the tricky angle from out wide on the right, Cruden lands an impressive conversion. Pressure on for the visitors after that early blow.
    • 7' TRY! NZ 5-0 IRELAND! It was coming as the All Blacks probed on that move. Sonny Bill Williams drew two men in for the tackle, then offloaded for Cruden, who picked out Sam to finish.
    • 6' New Zealand firmly on the attack now. Bundling drive from hooker Andrew Hore, before the All Blacks swing the ball right, about 10m out.
    • 5' Thumping boot forward from Wallace, where Dagg is waiting and calmly gathers. New Zealand's turn to kick forward and the ball bounces erratically, confusing the Irish defence.
    • 4' Honours even in these early exchanges. New Zealand shading the territory, though. Ireland have the put-in at a scrum just inside their own half.
    • 3' Fumble from Hosea Gear as he tries to take a high ball from Ryan - his mistake goes unpunished, and the ball goes backwards. New Zealand back into the Ireland half in an instant.
    • 2' Early possession is Ireland's. O'Driscoll leading the charge towards the All Black 22, only for the hosts to turn over and clear upfield.
    • 1' Away we go! Romain Poite, our referee, signals the start of the match, and Jonny Sexton kicks off.
    • 08:35 Anthems done. Time for New Zealand to do the Haka. Piri Weepu leads it.
    • 08:30 The players are out on the pitch for the national anthems. It looks like the rugby calendar means Ireland will not return to play in New Zealand until 2024. This really is the last chance for the current side to get a first Test victory against the All Blacks on New Zealand soil. Even Brian O'Driscoll might have to hang up the boots some time in the next 12 years...
    • 08:30 Changes made to both sides from the second Test in Christchurch, which New Zealand stole 22-19 at the death. For New Zealand, the biggest of six changes is the loss of Dan Carter to injury, with Aaron Cruden coming in at fly-half. For Ireland, Wallace replaces D'Arcy at centre, Earls returns on the wing, dropping Trimble to the bench.
    • 08:25 NEW ZEALAND: 15-Israel Dagg; 14-Ben Smith, 13-Conrad Smith, 12-Sonny Bill Williams, 11-Hosea Gear; 10-Aaron Cruden, 9-Aaron Smith; 8-Richie McCaw (captain), 7-Sam Cane, 6-Liam Messam, 5-Sam Whitelock, 4-Luke Romano, 3-Owen Franks, 2-Andrew Hore, 1-Tony Woodcock - Replacements: 16-Keven Mealamu, 17-Ben Franks, 18-Brodie Retallick, 19-Adam Thomson, 20-Piri Weepu, 21-Beauden Barrett, 22-Tamati Ellison
    • 08:20 IRELAND: 15-Rob Kearney, 14-Fergus McFadden, 13-Brian O'Driscoll (captain), 12-Paddy Wallace, 11-Keith Earls, 10-Jonathan Sexton, 9-Conor Murray; 8-Peter O'Mahony, 7-Sean O'Brien, 6-Kevin McLaughlin, 5-Donnacha Ryan, 4-Dan Tuohy, 3-Mike Ross, 2-Rory Best, 1-Cian Healy - Replacements: 16-Sean Cronin, 17-Declan Fitzpatrick, 18-Donncha O'Callaghan, 19-Chris Henry, 20-Eoin Reddan, 21-Ronan O'Gara, 22-Andrew Trimble
    • 08:15 Good morning and welcome to live text coverage of the third Test between New Zealand and Ireland in Hamilton. New Zealand have a 2-0 lead and have won the series, but Ireland ran them all the way last week and will fancy their chances of a consolation win.
  • Summary

    New Zealand versus Ireland
    Sam 7’, 43’, Williams 11’, 18’, Smith 22’, Gear 49’, Messam 57’, Dagg 62’, Thomson 72’ Tries  
    Cruden 8’, 12’, Dagg 19’, Barrett 44’, 63’, 73’ Conversions  
    Barrett 42’ Penalties  

Live Team Line-Up

  • New Zealand

    Manager: Steve Hansen

    On the Field

    • Woodcock Substitution Out (76′)
    • Hore Substitution Out (43′)
    • Franks
    • Romano
    • Whitelock Substitution Out (57′)
    • Messam Try
    • Cane Tries×2 Substitution Out (69′)
    • McCaw
    • Smith Substitution Out (60′)
    • Cruden Substitution Out (23′)
    • Gear Try
    • Williams Tries×2
    • Smith Substitution Out (60′)
    • Smith Try
    • Dagg Try


    • Mealamu Substitution In (43′)
    • Weepu Substitution In (60′)
    • Thomson Substitution In (69′) Try
    • Franks Substitution In (76′)
    • Ellison Substitution In (60′)
    • Barrett Substitution In (23′)
    • Retallick Substitution In (57′)





  • Ireland

    Manager: Declan Kidney

    On the Field

    • Healy
    • Best Substitution Out (68′)
    • Ross Substitution Out (59′)
    • Tuohy Substitution Out (55′)
    • Ryan
    • McLaughlin Substitution Out (54′)
    • O'Brien
    • O'Mahony
    • Murray Substitution Out (59′)
    • Sexton
    • Earls Substitution In (54′) Substitution Out (73′)
    • Wallace Substitution Out (54′)
    • O'Driscoll
    • McFadden
    • Kearney Yellow Card


    • O'Callaghan Substitution In (55′)
    • O'Gara Substitution In (54′)
    • Reddan Substitution In (59′)
    • Trimble Substitution In (73′) Substitution Out (54′)
    • Fitzpatrick Substitution In (59′)
    • Henry Substitution In (54′)
    • Cronin Substitution In (68′)





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  1. OH DEAR!!!!!! 2nd test was the moment that history­ could or perhaps should have been changed but not to­ be. Ireland was always going to be up against it in the­ 3rd test. Why so Good. 1./ the boys (ABs) got the­ big truth session from the coach after 2nd test. 2/. A­ AB team that performs bad one week always wants to make­ a point in the next game. 3/. It wasn't -3 degrees­ in the 3rd test so the ABs could actually feel there­ hands.

    From Greg, on Tue 26 Jun 23:26
  2. Why get rid of Kidney? Not his fault! One or 2­ changes in personnel wouldn't have made any­ difference going off the display the ABs put on last­ night proving the divide between these 2 teams are­ actually wider than most think! What Ireland needed­ was a miracle to survive that demolition.

    From scopa, on Sat 23 Jun 18:20
  3. Irish schoolboys 0 - All Blacks 60. Don't be too­ hard on yourselves Ireland you've just learned from­ the World Champions...

    From scopa, on Sat 23 Jun 13:42
  4. OMG

    From , on Sat 23 Jun 12:50
  5. well done newzealand

    From master yoda, on Sat 23 Jun 12:23
  6. Credit the All Blacks with a fine display and with­ several new young All Blacks. Mr.Lancaster has a long­ way to go to provide an England display like it.. MITS

    From COLIN, on Sat 23 Jun 12:03
  7. Obviously a lot of football knuckle-draggers here who­ don't keep up with rugby but like to make pathetic­ and snide comments about teams other than England .­ e.g. Scotland's recent wins against Fiji, Samoa­ AND Australia.

    From Brucie, on Sat 23 Jun 11:33
  8. ROFLAMO at the Scots trying to compare their games­ against Fiji & Samoa with games against the kiwis,­ South Africa and Australia! bahahahahahahaha!

    From Olly, on Sat 23 Jun 11:00
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    I hate this sport. How can a team score 60 in a game­ when d other could not manage 1. What do people enjoy­ in a game dat has got nothing like suspense since goals­ are scored every fraction of a second!

    From MARCUS ASIN, on Sat 23 Jun 10:53
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    How are England doing in SA? Will they win the series­ and show the SH that English rugby is to be feared?

    From Brucie, on Sat 23 Jun 10:44
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    Oh Dear and after coming so close last week. So far­ today only Scotland can hold up their heads even if it­ was Samoa they beat. Good job the Kiwis took their feet­ off the trotle in the last quarter.

    From BERNARD, on Sat 23 Jun 10:43
  12. And just wanted to say a big thank you to Scotland!-

    From XXX, on Sat 23 Jun 10:36
  13. Repeating a previous comment I can only blame England­ for this, we gota blame somebody dont we.

    From Alan, on Sat 23 Jun 10:27
  14. the kiwis have now left the pitch and the irish still­ cant score , well done lads you did your country proud

    From Mark, on Sat 23 Jun 10:27
  15. Australia win by 1 point, New Zealand win by 60­ points. There is no such things as superior southern­ hemisphere rugby, there is only superior New Zealand­ rugby!

    From Robert Jardine, on Sat 23 Jun 10:27
  16. Good tour, well worth the trip...only feel bad for BOD­ surrounded by numbnuts

    From XXX, on Sat 23 Jun 10:25
  17. Sorry I didn't watch the game only just seen the­ score. Who was playing? was it New Zealand v All­ Ireland Schools Team?

    From Chris, on Sat 23 Jun 10:24
  18. Welkl done to NZ from an Englishman! It's­ undeniable that AB's are in another dimension to­ everybody else!

    From Robert Jardine, on Sat 23 Jun 10:21
  19. Another Irish team coming home with their tails ­ between their feet.

    From s, on Sat 23 Jun 10:21
  20. The All Blacks ARE RUGBY!!!!!!

    From Arcteryx, on Sat 23 Jun 10:19
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