Rugby: what the New Zealand media had to say about Ireland’s sensational win over the All-Blacks

Coverage of the Ireland rugby team’s win over the All Blacks has seen media in New Zealand calling it a “historic” win and calling Ireland a “legendary” team.

The New Zealand Herald ran an op-ed with a strong headline, both praising Ireland and criticizing the All Blacks spell; “Ireland are the legendary team the All Blacks once were”

Iy also congratulated Andy Farrell, Ireland head coach, on his “world class, intelligent, capable Irish team who have expertly torn apart the All Blacks over the past two weeks”.

The main headline on their website featured a picture of the Irish team and the headline: “Ireland claims historic series victory over All Blacks”.

Radio New Zealand (RNZ) highlighted the novelty of this victory in its headline “Ireland defeats All Blacks in Test series for first time 32-22”.

Crediting the victory to the Irish captain, they said: “Warhorse Johnny Sexton was supreme as the Irish stunned the hosts with a series of tries and bone-crushing tackles.”

All Blacks captain Sam Cane told RNZ: “We didn’t perform as we wanted but we can’t take anything away from Ireland. You were too good tonight. Big respect to Ireland, they were class and deserved their win tonight.”

Meanwhile, an online headline from 1news read ‘Clear pressure on ABs coach after Ireland Seals streak’.

The article described the victory as a “vibrant and historic 32-22 win” and commended Ireland for being “far more composed and aggressive”.

“In short, they looked very fit, and the All Blacks; at a loss, confused, without ideas, no,” said one journalist.

New Zealand media website Stuff also led with an introspective approach to the loss, headlining: “All blacks suffer serial loss as microscope goes on Ian Foster.”

The piece referred to her “miserable first half”.

The match analysis article hailed Ireland as “a very good team” but added: “The All Blacks should have been a lot better.” Rugby: what the New Zealand media had to say about Ireland’s sensational win over the All-Blacks

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