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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.
Played at Sydney Cricket Ground on this day. NZ won 22-3. They were not called the All Blacks then - that title never came till the 1905-06 tour to UK.
Headquarters for the game of rugby in Samoa. Apia Park is a ground with a colourful past. Just as Twickenham in London was once a market garden, and cabbages were grown at Lancaster Park in Christchurch during World War I, Apia Park in the capital city of Samoa was once a horse racing track and a golf course.
Situated close to the city, the ground was originally owned by the occupying German Government. The first horse racing was held on Kaiser Wilhelm II’s birthday in 1910. Later, Chinese, Melanesian and Samoan labourers ploughed the swampy land, aided by oxen-drawn carts. They levelled an inner field and plans for rugby were drawn up. The locals did not worry that a large, shady tree was left intact on what was to be inside the field of play.
Horse racing died out in 1939. The first rugby game on the park was in 1924 when an Apia Selection played a Pago Pago Naval XV. Apia won 33-0. During the same year a Fijian team on its way to play Tonga stopped in Apia. Its two games against the locals were split one win each. It is not recorded how the teams coped with playing around the tree!
These days the rebuilt ground, with its superb backdrop of palm trees and other native flora and fauna, must be one of the prettiest in the world.
Apia Park has always been a highly significant place for sport in Samoa. In 1991 before the advent of a home TV network, crowds used to come to the ground and sit for hours overnight waiting to watch on an imported giant TV screen the matches of (Western) Samoa at the World Cup in Britain.
For years the field was also used as a golf course, but in 1975 the inherent dangers of people walking near such a course led them to shift to a new venue, at the Royal Samoan Golf Club. Only then for the first time could rugby truly claim the grounds.
In 2007, Apia Park was one of the main venues for the 2007 Pacific Games. In 2015 it will play host many events at the Youth Commonwealth Games, the opening and closing ceremonies. It will also host the All Blacks from New Zealand for a much anticipated game against Manu Samoa. The ground has a capacity of 15,000.
Who captained the All Blacks at the 1991 Rugby World Cup?