NZ rout Ireland to advance to World Cup semifinal

NZ rout Ireland to advance to World Cup semifinal”

So there was no fairytale ending for Joe Schmidt after all.

New Zealand's George Bridge fends off Ireland's Jordan Larmour during their quarter-final match on Saturday at Tokyo Stadium. 'I don't want it to be his last game, ' the Ulster lock said of Best, Ireland's retiring captain.

'I don't want this to be Greg Feek's last game. "They were really, really clinical", said Best after the match.

Regardless of Saturday's result, Schmidt has overseen an era of unprecedented success since he was appointed Ireland head coach in 2013.

Since the Wallabies' 33-13 win in 2015 contributed to England's pool-stage exit at the tournament it was hosting, Australian Eddie Jones has coached the England squad to six consecutive wins over Michael Cheika's Australians.

From here on out, it was just about damage control for Ireland and not allowing this to become a World Cup humiliation. That cup rugby mentality may serve them well on Saturday.

Victory for Wales against the Wallabies would get them in pole put to prime their community and e-book a imaginable quarter-closing against France or Argentina.

'We're sort of reared on it, ' Sexton agreed. "They're good enough to win games without us inviting them in and that was incredibly disappointing", he said.

"I don't think there was any complacency but we made a target of ourselves - teams certainly went after us a little bit more where we were able to sneak up on New Zealand a couple of times and on a few other teams".

Reece was eventually picked up by the Crusaders for pre-season training and took the opportunity with both hands, progressing to starting for the eventual Super Rugby Champions and earning selection for the All Blacks in a World Cup year. Todd finished the match in the sin-bin, but New Zealand scored again despite being a man down.

All Blacks vs Ireland by the numbers.

'We have to respect that, but at the same time we just have to make sure that we go out there and do what we want to do well'.

Tonight's loss in Tokyo will sting for a long time, but he says he will ultimately look back on his time in charge with fondness.

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