Wednesday, September 26The Voice of London

Ireland vs New Zealand – History Men

Ireland beat New Zealand yesterday 40-29, handing the Irish their very first win over the All Blacks in 111 years.

Reporter: Sajid Hassan | Sub-editor: Alex Zendra

New Zealand, widely considered the best national rugby team for some years now have been humbled by an Irish team who ended their 18 test match winning streak in Chicago – of all places(!)

Days earlier, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series against the Cleveland Indians, winning the hard way coming from 3-1 down. While the Cubs waited 108 years for silverware, Joe Schmidt’s Ireland side made their intentions clear, dominating possession and ending the first half leading 25-8.

With consistent kicking from Johnny Sexton and a strong offence from the Irish forwards, New Zealand weren’t allowed to get themselves in the game. Hanson’s New Zealand showed their scoring prowess in the last quarter of the game with a try from debutant Scott Barrett, brother of Beauden, but, by then, it was too late. Henshaw pushed past Ireland’s fifth try of the game to make the score 40 -29. Lucky for New Zealand that bonus points don’t exist in international competition; they were outclassed. This was truly a great show of Irish rugby. Perhaps a fitting tribute for former player and recently deceased Anthony Foley – Axel. Ireland also stood in the figure eight during the Haka as a sign of respect.