All Blacks v Ireland III

My two cents from being at the game live last night.

Firstly, big congrats to Ireland. Worthy winners and completely outplayed us in all facets.

From an All Blacks perspective, two players really stood out for me and they were Ardie and Jordan.

Jason Pine summed Ardie up perfectly this morning, he’s herculean in the way he goes about his work, he just never fucking stops and was the only forward that consistently tried to get us moving last night. Everyone else, apart from one A Ioane bust and the odd Rettalick surge, were largely ineffective from where I was sitting. Is it time to give him the captaincy and move him to his best position of 7? I certainly think so. Cane looks cooked.

The other player that looked class every time he went near the ball was Will Jordan. Get him to fullback so he can get his hands on the ball more. That finish in the second half was a thing of absolute beauty, Christian Cullen mark 2.

Big black marks for me were Codie Taylor, he’s completely ineffective at this level. Whitelock tried hard but he’s really showing his age and just doesn’t have the grunt that he used to. Sam Cane was just disappointing, and being pulled really sums up his game atm, is it time to move on? Smith and Beauden looked like they had just begun their careers, absolutely no innovation from that pair last night, bloody disappointing. Is it time for Mo’unga to take the reigns? I think so.

And the irony, oh the irony of there being no one in NZ to get us over the bloody gain line. Havili definitely wasn’t the answer last night. Is it Jordie Barrett, I don’t know because he was very average aswell.

To sum things up, apart from Ardie and Jordan we were shite. Where do we go from here? F knows, but doing the same shit and expecting different results isn’t really working for us right now.

Anyway, enjoy the win Ireland. Well bloody deserved.

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