All Blacks thrash Springboks with record eight-try hiding

first_img0Shares0000New Zealand’s Liam Squire (L) charges the ball forward during the Rugby Championship match against South Africa in Auckland © AFP / MICHAEL BRADLEYAUCKLAND, New Zealand, Sep 16 – The All Blacks produced their best display of the year to trounce South Africa by a record 57-0 and take a firm grip on the Rugby Championship in Auckland on Saturday.The eight-try victory surpassed the All Blacks previous best 57-15 win in Durban last year and it was South Africa’s heaviest defeat, eclipsing their 53-3 loss to England at Twickenham in 2002. It was only the fifth time in the 94-Test history between the fierce rivals that the Springboks have been kept scoreless.With the backline standing slightly deeper than they have in recent weeks, the All Blacks eliminated many of the handling errors that had been plaguing them.“We came in tonight pretty clear about how we wanted to play and what we wanted to achieve and a lot of those things came off,” coach Steve Hansen said.“We started a bit jittery. There was a lot of dropped ball or bobble ball, but once we got in to the rhythm of the game I thought we played probably as good as we’ve played for a long time.”It was a performance that showed when the All Blacks click there is a huge gulf between the first and third ranked sides two years out from the next World Cup, and left Springbok coach Allister Coetzee distraught.“I won’t say it was a horror movie but…” he said, searching for words to describe his disappointment.“We played our best rugby in those (first) 20 minutes. Ball in hand we felt on top and we dominated collisions and then one pass goes astray and you’re under the pulse.“I’m obviously very disappointed and the players are hurting, and it’s definitely not through lack of effort. Passages of great defence, passages of great attack but we couldn’t break them. They were too good.”The Springboks opened with a typically physical start in which they bossed the All Blacks for the first quarter hour, until in the space of four minutes the New Zealanders turned the game with back-to-back tries by Rieko Ioane and Nehe Milner Skudder.With forwards running like backs, the All Blacks added further tries by Scott Barrett and Brodie Retallick in the countdown to half-time to turn with a 31-0 lead.Milner-Skudder, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Lima Sopoaga and Codie Taylor scored in the second half.The win kept the All Blacks unbeaten after four rounds of the Rugby Championship and lifted them eight points clear of South Africa with only away matches against Argentina and the Springboks remaining.– Handling errors –Despite the lopsided scoreline, the opening stanza belonged to South Africa when Eben Etzebeth, Jean-Luc de Preez and Uzair Cassiem led a muscular approach.They won penalties off the first two scrums, stole the All Blacks’ first line out and drove through holes close to the ruck.But their dominance was hindered by a succession of handling errors and a chance to put points on the board via a penalty by the usually reliable Elton Jantjies fell short.Instead, it was the All Blacks who scored first from a Beauden Barrett penalty, the first of eight successful shots at goal as the fly-half rediscovered the kicking radar that abandoned him last week against Argentina.Then came the tries as the All Blacks responded with lineout steals and scrum penalties of their own.Aaron Smith took a quick penalty on halfway and chipped the ball towards the corner with Ioane winning the race for the ball.Milner-Skudder’s first try came from his intercept in New Zealand territory and he finished off the move after some classy interplay with Beauden Barrett to beat the cover defence.As the All Blacks dug further into their bag of tricks, hooker Dane Coles leaped high to tap a Beauden Barrett cross kick into the arms of replacement flanker Scott Barrett who scored the third try.Coles was on hand again to play the link man between Ioane and Retallick.The Springboks started the second half strongly but once the initial drive wore off the All Blacks returned to their try-scoring ways, bringing up the record with Taylor’s try from a lineout drive on full-time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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ALL-IRELAND GAA GLORY FOR ARRANMORE MEN

first_imgArranmore Island caused a huge shock by winning the Island All-Ireland Gaelic football tournament on Arranmore yesterday afternoon.This hugely popular annual event brings all the islands together in September of every year.Representing Donegal, Arranmore have had a very poor record in this tournament and had never progressed past the group stages. However, on home soil, the lads defied the odds and hopefully have paved the way for the Donegal minor and seniors to bring more All-Ireland trophies back to the hills.Despite Arranmore being a soccer stronghold, many of the island lads have sporadically represented GAA clubs in Donegal, Derry and Dublin as well as further afield in Chicago, London and New York.This weekend, Arranmore men and diaspora made a huge effort to come home and along with members of Arranmore Utd, they gelled and played some absolutely scintillating football.Arranmore lost their first group game to defending champions Clare Island from Mayo but managed to qualify for the semi final as they narrowly beat Whiddy Island from Cork. Despite being down 6 points in the semi-final against Inis Bofin from Galway, the Arranmore men scored 10 unanswered points to progress to the final where once again they were up against Clare Island.Both teams were lead onto the field by the Arranmore pipe band and a huge crowd of 600 Gaels were treated to a memorable final.In a hard, physical but fair match both teams traded blow for blow and score for score which had the spectators on the edge of their seats.Clare island who were going for four in a row started the better.But the underdogs, who had huge support from the locals and from other Islands, slowly but surely turned the screw and ran out very worthy winners on a score line of 1-14 to 1-11 with player of the tournament Benny McGarvey scoring 8 points. Other notable performances from the islanders were Shane and Blaine McGuckin, Daniel O’Donnell, Declan and Conor Proctor.When referee Myles Sweeney blew the final whistle there was both joy and disbelief from Arranmore and indeed other islands.Huge credit must go to Conal Kavanagh, Chris McGuckin and Neil Gallagher for gelling the team together at such short notice.This annual event brings the islands together and this is a very special event which gives islanders a chance to both compete and socialise once a year. Upwards of 300 islanders from all over Ireland travelled to Arranmore which boosted the local economy greatly.Arranmore didn’t fare out as well in the ladies tournament which was won by a very young and talented Clare Island side.Next year the tournament will be held in Inis Turk in County Mayo where Arranmore will proudly defend and represent Tìr Chonaill.ALL-IRELAND GAA GLORY FOR ARRANMORE MEN was last modified: September 7th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:newsSportlast_img read more

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