Originally Posted by ohtani's jacket
What a boring Test.
The All Blacks were never stretched and never had to lift a gear. I’m wondering if we should let Smith go to Ospreys, because the backs didn’t fire again. Mils should be at home, Grand Slam tour be damned. My sister was born with a hole in her heart and I’m sure his son will be OK, but the guy’s gotta be beside himself. Cowan had a shocker. Nonu and Smith were the pick of the backs. I laughed when the Irish commentator said Nonu was the perfect 12, yeah maybe if he played Ireland every weekend.
The pack played well. Lineouts and scrums were good. I just wish the forwards would link with the backs on attack instead of us going wide so early, you can’t burn a lot of teams with outside pace these days.
I swear Ireland were up to no good at the breakdown, but we won’t talk about that because it’s boring.
I think thats a fair reflection of the game. I really can't remember a single opportunity Ireland had to score, besides taking a couple of penalty kicks from 30+ metres out. They hardly looked like a side that potentially had the ability to win and had been talked up as a reasonable chance. Nonu was very good as he has been the last couple of weeks. He was particularly average during the last few weeks of the Air New Zealand Cup but back in the ABs hes been superb so far. Centre looks remarkably strong now with Smith playing well after Kahui was in top form last week. Muliana made a few errors but showed his class and the ability to break tackles and I think hes destined to stay at fullback for a while now.
Originally Posted by PhoenixFire
Just to note, I thought that Carter was absolutely brilliant yesterday, his balance and change of direction when running is fantastic. Also thought that Luke Fitzgerald from Ireland was pretty damn good as well with ball in hand. Not sure about his passing, but his running with the ball was excellent.
Carter had a very good game, not perfect by his standards but still miles ahead of O'Gara. I too was impressed with Fitzgerald, and he was Ireland's stand-out player by far yesterday.