All Blacks captain Read praises Ireland

Doug Mendoza
November 19, 2018

"Since it was 1 v 2 today - as of now Ireland are the number one team in the world, so that result makes them favourites for the World Cup" said Hansen.

'Ireland are the unofficial kings of world rugby.

The game began with the same ferocious physicality as the sides' last meeting two years ago when the world champions gained revenge for Chicago with a bruising win in Dublin.

Officially the rankings say otherwise but right now Irish rugby is on top of the world.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen told media after the match that the win installed Ireland as World Cup favourites.

Asked if Hansen's words should be viewed as kidology, Schmidt said: "I think he probably enjoyed a little bit of banter". Against one of the best if not the best defensive lineouts in the world he was nearly inch flawless aided by the giant lock Devin Toner.

Schmidt had the room laughing on a couple of occasions in his press conference, alongside Ireland captain Rory Best.

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His final comment of the conference had most of the room laughing and it referred to the Jacob Stockdale try that sealed victory.

Rattled, New Zealand's penalty count inched towards double figures as another Sexton penalty gave Ireland a 9-6 halftime lead, a poor return for their dominance.

47 minutes into the game on Saturday and it was Ireland winning a lineout, Kieran Marmion passing to Johnny Sexton and Sexton finding Bundee Aki.

Built on stifling defence, rock solid discipline, the ability to retain the ball and just as important keep us from getting the ball.

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We never knew Devin Toner had it so good: the rest of the world looks pretty great from all the way up here. We work away and what we do is. one of the things with the All Blacks is they work so hard. "I can't take too much of the credit; it was a training ground move and it paid off massively. They will want to get him back home, but he's been absolutely fantastic".

The former school teacher has overseen the most successful era in the national side's history delivering three Six Nations titles - including the Grand Slam this year - and two historic wins over New Zealand since taking over a demoralised outfit in 2013. "I thought it was for Tadgh (Furlong a prop) as he was outstanding", said Best.

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