Monday, 7 November 2016

All Blacks accept deserved loss to Ireland

After a record 18 consecutive Test wins, All blacks senior players would be forgiven for forgetting the art losing gracefully.

Jamie Heaslip celebrates victory over the All Blacks.


Steve Hansen's men showed no signs of sour grapes on Saturday after their 40 - 29 loss to Ireland acknowledging their inferiority on the day and looking ahead to next week's Rome Test. The world champions were well below their best on neutral territory in Chicago, behind by 22 points by 50 minute and conceding 40 points for the first time in 12 years.
and meanwhile, produced a near, flawless display in defence  and at the set - piece to build an insurmountable lead in front of more than 62, 000 fans. Fullback Ben Smith who nabbed a second - half try, said after the match that his side could do no more than congratulate their foes on a job well done.

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