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25 November 2016
551st All Black test
NEW ZEALAND v IRELAND (Northern tour international) at Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland.
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Fulltime Score; New Zealand 21 Ireland 9
Halftime; New Zealand 14 Ireland 6
Conditions; Excellent for rugby but cold.(temperature down to zero), A 5.30pm local time kickoff time.
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Mathieu Reynal (France) Ian Davies (Wales)
TMO: Jon Mason (Wales)
The scorers; For NEW ZEALAND (21) Tries by M.Fekitoa (2) and Beauden Barrett. 3 conversions by Beauden Barrett.
For IRELAND (9) 1 penalty by Jon Sexton; 2 penalties by Paddy Jackson.
NEW ZEALAND: 15 Ben Smith (Rep’d by Waisake Naholo 74m), 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Melakai Fekitoa (yellow-carded 49m), 11 Julian Savea (Rep’d Aaron Cruden 58m), 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 10 Beauden Barrett , 9 Aaron Smith (Yellow-carded 18m) (Rep’d by T.J.Perenara 58m), 8 Kieran Read (c),7 Sam Cane, (Rep’d by Ardie Savea 17m) 6 Liam Squire (Rep’d by Scott Barrett 67m), 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie.Retallick , 3 Owen Franks (Rep’d by Charlie Faumuina 52m), 2 Dane Coles (Rep’d by Codie Taylor 67m), 1 Joe Moody, (Rep’d by Wyatt Crockett 49m)
IRELAND: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Jared Payne, 11 Simon Zebo (Rep’d by Kieran Marmion 78m), 12 Robbie Henshaw (Rep’d by Garry Ringrose 11m), 10 Johnny Sexton (Rep’d by Paddy Jackson 17m ), 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 C.J. Stander (Rep’d by Josh van der Flier 22m), 5 Devin Toner, 4 Donnacha Ryan (Rep’d by Iain Henderson 58m), 3 Tadhg Furlong (Rep’d by Finlay Bealham 67m), 2 Rory Best (Rep’d by Sean Cronin 67m),1 Jack McGrath (Rep’d by Cian Healy 58m)
There were two yellow cards against New Zealand (Aaron Smith and Malakai Fekitoa)
There were two significant injuries suffered by the All Blacks; a broken finger by Ben Smith and a severe ankle injury by Sam Cane.
Robbie Henshaw left the field (carried off) as a result of a head clash with Same Cane.
Jonny Sexton walked off the field, suffering injury and
C.J Stander also left the field, leaving Ireland three player’s different from their starting XV after only 22 minutes of play.
What a game it was; watched by 109,878 fans in Sydney. Jonah Lomu scored the winner. 39-35 to NZ but the Aussies loved their role in this classic and named it well!.
You cannot have a rugby match without a ball. According to legend, the ball that William Webb Ellis picked up and ran with at Rugby School in 1823 was similar in shape to the oval ball of today. Why Rugby School played with an oval football before running with it in one’s hands was allowed is a mystery, but the evidence is that balls of that shape were used for many years before Webb Ellis attended the school.
It could be that different forms of football were traditionally played with a pig’s bladder as the ball. Any good pig-hunter will tell you that a pig’s bladder, when inflated, is basically oval in shape. When, by 1840, leather covers were made for the bladders, they were fitted to that shape. Thus today’s rugby ball is a direct throwback to the pig’s bladder balls that were kicked around the playing fields of Rugby School early in the nineteenth century. The ‘feet only’ game of association football adopted the round ball on its own.
For years South African rugby favoured using an eight-paneled leather ball, as distinct from the standard four panels used elsewhere. In 1961 it joined the rest of the world in adopting the four-panel ball.
The first rubber bladders were made in 1870. Another significant change to the rugby ball came in 1931 when the rather squat shape of the early ball, which made for easier place-kicking and drop-kicking, was replaced by a narrower, more torpedo-like shape that is able to be passed more easily. The length was shortened by one and a half inches (35mm). A lace to hold the inner bladder together used to be found on every ball, but is now missing from the modern ball.
The main other differences that exist in the modern ball are that they are made out of synthetic rubber and have thousands of raised lumps on their surface. All are designed to give greater grip for the players’ handling. Whether they do aid catching and dispatching in a pass is the subject of endless debate among rugby watchers.
Also used on every ball are various brand names, as companies vie to have their ball used in major televised fixtures and therefore expand brand exposure and sales.
What was significant about J.I.Rees (Wales) and W.R.Logan (Scotland) captaining their countries against each other in 1937?