Ireland may have racked up 60 points by beating Japan with an expansive game last Saturday, but if they are to beat the All Blacks this weekend it will have to be with a much closer approach, the running back said on Tuesday. opening veteran Johnny Sexton. . Ireland showed silky skills out of hand as they contested nine draws to win 60-5 at the start of their fall internationals, earning praise for their fluid style.
But facing New Zealand’s number one, Sexton warned it would take more kicking and less running of the ball. “The most important thing is that we win and that is what we are judged on,” he said at a press conference.
“It’s great to have applause for the way we played on Saturday. We showed elements of that during Six Nations, but what’s nice is that it was more consistent this week.” If a team comes and puts 14 guys in the front line, you can’t run and you have to kick more. You have to aim for a different space, “said the Irish captain of the expected approach against the Kiwis.
Ireland are on a six-game unbeaten streak, dating back to February, and will be looking to repeat their exploits from three years ago when they beat the All Blacks 16-9 in Dublin. But the Irish suffered a hidden 46-14 in the last clash between the two countries at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
“We know what’s coming up because we’ve played against them so many times, but there are a few guys who haven’t played against them and we need to let them know what it’s like to be against them, ”Sexton added. “The whole point is to make sure we can get our best performance this weekend. We know what quality they have, we know the strengths they bring, so we have to make sure we’re in the best place we can come. Saturday, “he said. (Written by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; edited by Toby Davis)
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