All Blacks run away with first test – New Zealand 66-28 Ireland

A moment of madness from the Irish number eight Jamie Heaslip who was sent off for kneeing at a ruck in the first quarter of the game, ruined any chances Ireland had of competing and New Zealand ran in nine tries as they crushed 14-man Ireland in Saturday’s Test match in New Plymouth.

Jamie Heaslip
Jamie Heaslip

Kieran Read, Ben Franks and Jimmy Cowan (2) got tries with Dan Tuohy replying for a 38-7 half-time scoreline.

The second period and Smith, Sam Whitelock (2) and Neemia Tialata added to the All Blacks’ score-line while Brian O’Driscoll, Tommy Bowe and Gordon D’Arcy scored Irish tries, whilst Dan Carter passed the 1000 point barrier.

Dan Carter
Dan Carter

Giving us the final score of:

New Zealand 66-28 Ireland


New Zealand
Tries: Smith (2), Read, Franks, Cowan (2), Whitelock (2), Tialata
Cons: Carter (7) Weepu (2) Pens: Carter
Tries: Tuohy, B O’Driscoll, Bowe, D’Arcy Cons: O’Gara (3), Sexton


New Zealand: Israel Dagg; Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Benson Stanley, Joe Rokocoko; Daniel Carter, Jimmy Cowan; Ben Franks, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Brad Thorn, Anthony Boric, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (capt), Kieran Read.
Replacements: Guildford for Jane (63), Cruden for Carter (54), Weepu for Cowan (41), Tialata for B. Franks (52), de Malmanche for Mealamu (63), Whitelock for Thorn (50), Vito for Kaino (38).

Ireland: Rob Kearney; Tommy Bowe, Brian O’Driscoll (capt), Gordon D’Arcy, Andrew Trimble; Ronan O’Gara, Tomas O’Leary; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Tony Buckley, Donncha O’Callaghan, Mick O’Driscoll, John Muldoon, David Wallace, Jamie Heaslip.
Replacements: G. Murphy for Kearney (70), Sexton for O’Gara (70), Reddan for O’Leary (70), Court for Healy (77), Fogarty for Cronin (77), Tuohy for M. O’Driscoll (35), Jennings for Muldoon (32).