All Black’s search for perfection

Credit S Maguire

Credit S Maguire

WORLD champions New Zealand head into this Sunday’s match against Ireland in search of their 14th win from 14 games this season.

After romping home in this year’s rugby championship 9 points clear of South Africa, New Zealand landed in Europe looking to end the year with three more victories. Both France and England pushed the All Blacks to the limit but ultimately fell short as the Kiwi’s racked up the necessary victories.

Jackson Burt, an All Black fan living in Wellington, described the team as ‘the best All Blacks squad I’ve seen in years. We have plenty of depth in the back line and when they’re firing like they were in the rugby championship they’re extremely dangerous.’

Dan Carter will most likely miss the clash against the Irish after pulling up injured early against England last weekend. Predicting ‘a comfortable win 38-16’, Burt reckons the Irish are still to be taken seriously adding: ‘O’Driscoll is always a worry when he has the ball’.

In 27 matches between the teams, the best Ireland have managed is a 10-10 draw in 1973. Not many are expecting Ireland to register their first ever victory this weekend, but one never knows!

Simon Maguire

 

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