Ireland 'embarrassed' by NZ whitewash

New Zealand 60 - 0 Ireland
Published Saturday, 23 June 2012
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The Ireland team have been left stunned and embarrassed by their comprehensive 60-0 defeat at the hands of the All Blacks in New Zealand.

Ireland 'embarrassed' by NZ whitewash
Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland talks to the team (© Getty)

The third Test in Hamilton completed a series whitewash, with the New Zealanders recording their highest margin of victory over Ireland on Saturday.

"That scoreline is a bit embarrassing," captain Brian O'Driscoll told Sky Sports. "They were very, very clinical at the breakdown today and we were terrible. That combination resulted in 60 points."

It had been hoped Ireland would come out fighting after a narrow defeat in Christchurch last week.

"We knew that we had to start well and we didn't and that's what the All Blacks do - when they get a 15 or 20-point lead they just play their own game and you're running after them for 80 minutes," O'Driscoll added.

The All Blacks ran in nine tries in the course of the game.

Ireland coach Declan Kidney insisted he was staying in his post and was confident his side could bounce back.

"Right now it hurts," he admitted. "It is easy to hop on the bandwagon right now. We've found out a lot of things about ourselves, but we will look at that in the off-season."

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw described the game as "good fun".

He added: "Even with 10 minutes to go, we spoke on the pitch about not letting them cross our line."

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norman.d in bangor wrote (947 days ago):
its time for manager to be changed this irish team seem to be going backwards under kidney it was a poor performance against the all blacks come the six nations ireland will struggle against wales and england from what i have seen
Ryan in Belfast wrote (947 days ago):
First the football, now the rugby? What is happening with the Ireland squads recently. Both the rugby and football teams has to train harder, far harder. You have to remember that these teams represent the country and theres no reason whatsoever why they shouldnt be doing very well. I dont blame the players in the Ireland rugby or football team, i blame the coaches and the rest of the staff and people behind the scenes.
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