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10 November 2016
549th All Black test
NEW ZEALAND v IRELAND (Northern tour international) at Soldier Field, Chicago, USA.
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Fulltime Score; Ireland 40 New Zealand 29
Halftime; Ireland 25 New Zealand 8
Conditions; Excellent, Weather fine and bright. Temperature cool. An afternoon game. Slight breeze favoured New Zealand in the first half.
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant Referees: Luke Pierce (England) Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
TMO: Rowan Litt (England)
The scorers; For IRELAND (40) Tries by J.Murphy, CJ Stander, C.Murray, S.Zebo and R.Henshaw. 2 conversions and 2 penalties by J.Sexton. 1 penalty by C.Murray; 1 conversion by J.Carbery.
For NEW ZEALAND (29) Tries by G.Moala, TJ Perenara, Ben Smith and Scott Barrett. 3 conversions and 1 penalty by Beauden Barrett.
NEW ZEALAND: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Waisake Naholo (Rep’d by Aaron Cruden 55m), 13 George Moala (rep’d by Codie Taylor 70m) 12 Ryan Crotty (rep’d by Malakai Fekitoa 25m), 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith (rep’d by TJ Perenara 46m), 8 Kieran Read (c),7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Jerome Kaino, (rep’d by Scott Barrett 59m on debut) 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (rep’d by Ardie Savea 45m), 3 Owen Franks, (rep’d by 59m) 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody (rep’d by Ofa Tu’ugafasi 59m) (Moody was yellow-carded in the first haldf)
IRELAND: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Jared Payne, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Johnny Sexton (rep’d by Joey Carbery 59m),9 Conor Murray,8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Jordi Murphy (rep’d by Josh van der Flier 26m), 6 C.J. Stander, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Donnacha Ryan (Rep’d by Ultan Dillane 65m), 3 Tadhg Furlong (rep’d by Finlay Bealham 56m), 2 Rory Best (Rep’d by Sean Cronin 71m),1 Jack McGrath (rep’d by Cian Healy 60m)
Two Irish replacement players; Kieran Marmion and Garry Ringrose, were not used off the bench at all during the game.
The win ended New Zealand’s sequence of 18 test wins in a row.
The win by Ireland was their first-ever over the All Blacks. In the previous 28 tests spread over 111 years New Zealand had won 27 games with one drawn game (10-10) in 1973.
When he came off the sub’s bench Scott Barrett was making his debut for New Zealand and played alongside his brother older Beauden.
When the try scored by Scott Barrett in the second half was converted by his brother Beauden this was the first time this had happened in All Black test history.
When Ardie Savea came onto the field in the 59th minute to join his brother Julian as well as the two Barrett brothers many in the media claimed this was the first time two sets of All Black brothers had been on the field at the same time in the same game. That was at least since both the Meads brothers, Colin and Stan, and the Clarke brothers, Don and Ian had played together in tests in the 1960s. Thanks to research from Clive Akers, the editor of the Rugby Almanack of New Zealand at least one other example of this brotherly double-double should be recalled; the Brooke brothers, Zinzan and Robin, and the Bachop brothers, Stephen and Graeme had all started in the same All Black test v South Africa in Auckland in 1994.
The scoring of five tries in this test against New Zealand (thus inflicting a loss on a New Zealand test team) by Ireland in Chicago equalled the highest total of tries ever scored in a test by any country when they had beaten the All Blacks.
The other countries in that list (in winning margin order are):
5 tries v New Zealand (in a winning game);
By Australia, 3rd test at Eden Park, Auckland 1978 (score 30-16) (Winning margin of 14 points)
By South Africa, Tri Nations game, Johannesburg 2004 (score 40-26) (Winning margin of 14 points)
By South Africa, 3rd test at Eden Park, Auckland 1937 (score 17-6) (Winning margin of 11 points)
By Ireland, 1st test, at Soldier Field, Chicago 2016 (score 40-29) (Winning margin of 11 points)
Marty Berry came on v Australia at Eden Park in a losing Bledisloe Cup game for just 18 seconds. But his other midweek games for the ABs spread over 7 seasons.
Auckland and New Zealand
6 internationals for New Zealand 1903–06
The captain of the first All Blacks team in 1905–06 and a controversial player in the eyes of some British writers of the time. Gallaher (originally spelled Gallagher) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and brought to New Zealand by his parents as a young boy.
He served in the Boer War for the Sixth Contingent from New Zealand.
Because of the absence of international fixtures and Gallaher’s period of military service, he did not play his first test match until he was 28. Originally a hooker, he later became a ‘rover’ or wing forward, the position New Zealand created by packing down only seven men in each scrum.
Gallaher’s play in the wing forward position earned him enormous criticism while on tour in Britain in 1905–06. There were those who labeled him unsporting, and even a cheat. His wing forward style of waiting off scrums, mauls and rucks, either to defend attacks on his own halfback or disrupt the opposition’s man, was not at all appreciated by opposition teams, who had no apparent counter. Several referees penalised him heavily.
As a leader Gallaher was brilliant. He was the first rugby captain to ‘psyche’ his team up. On match days he would ask each man to spend an hour on his own to ‘rest and contemplate the game ahead’. He insisted his team be totally disciplined and pay attention to detail, both on and off the field, much in the manner of professional teams of today.
The 1905 New Zealand team was the first team to use liniment as a playing aid, and to chew gum (not at all advisable these days). It had code names for team moves, and used extra men in back moves, skip passes, decoys and other ruses not before seen in Britain. All of these innovations were devised and encouraged by Gallaher. His team, growing to believe totally in his leadership style, soon built up a formidable record. Only the controversial loss to Wales prevented the All Blacks from having an unbeaten tour record from 35 games.
Gallaher retired at the conclusion of the tour and became a provincial and, later, All Black selector. Tragically he lost his life in Belgium in 1917, during World War I.
Since 1922 the senior club championship in Auckland has been played for the Gallaher Shield, in commemoration of one of its greatest rugby sons. In 2011 a statue of him was unveiled at Auckland's rugby headquarters at Eden Park.
How many players of Samoan-birth or Samoan heritage have captained the All Blacks in tests? Name them.