Hard-fought All Blacks sweep Ireland in quarter-final


New Zealand recited their rugby to defeat Ireland in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. The All Blacks have not left the slightest doubt about their qualification (46-14). The shock against England looks already explosive and intense.

Percussion, collective strength, speed of execution, efficiency and finesse, the men in black gave a lesson to the Irish XV, carried away by the black waves and seven tries.

A penalty of Richie Mo'unga, two transformed tests ofAaron Smith. 17-0 after 22 minutes, the Tokyo Stadium mark reflects the domination of Blacks.

The players of Steve Hansen give off an impression of power and phenomenal serenity. They absorb the opposing pressure without flinching and punish their opponent at the slightest opportunity. The Irish, winners of two of the last three confrontations, are overwhelmed. Bauden Barrett strengthens the advantage before the break (22-0). The score is racing and climbs to 34-0 in the 63rd. The Irish pride mitigates the severity of the figures late in the game (46-14) but does not reverse the course of the game.

The Irish curse in World Cup continues. For the seventh time in its history, the XV clover is beaten in the quarterfinals. In nine editions, the Irish have never reached the last square.

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