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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)
The wettest day ever saw NZ beat Scotland 24-0 at the Eden Park pool! Deep puddles everywhere. The ABs swam better than their opponents!
The famous Scottish rugby commentator, a man who set standards in the art of television commentary which, in the end, gained him worldwide acclaim.
Raised in the Scottish border town of Hawick, where he was a teacher all his working life, young McLaren was a good enough player to earn himself a Scottish trial in the years immediately after his service in World War II. However illness struck him down and during a lengthy stay in hospital he began broadcasting over the hospital radio system.
On his discharge and unable to play anymore he took to rugby commentary. From his beloved Mansfield Park in Hawick he started on a career at the microphone that was to last more than 50 years. His first international call was on radio for a Scottish Districts game v South Africa while during the 1951-52 tour.
His reputation grew quickly and by 1953-54 he was commentating Scottish test matches from Murrayfield. He recalls how that same winter the BBC sent him to Cardiff to observe the great New Zealand radio man Winston McCarthy in action. Bill tells the story of being amazed at how excited McCarthy got during a game. ‘At one stage he nearly fell forward out of the commentary box. I had to hold his coat to keep him in the box!’
The big change for McLaren came in 1959 when, though continuing to be a shcoolmaster, he changed to working part-time for BBC television. For the first time TV commentary of rugby was turned into the unique form it is today. No more endless verbiage as required in radio description, instead an attention came to identification of players by face and number; there was explanations given of refereeing decisions; plus identification of the placement of the game on the field. And most uniquely to McLaren, entertaining background and statistical information about the personalities in the game. The man himself filled large sheets of background notes on every player taking part in every fixture he worked on. The ‘sheets’ became sought after souvenirs and sometimes were auctioned for charity at rugby dinners.
McLaren lived by his attention to preparation; he often told budding broadcasters ‘the secret of good broadcasting is never to neglect your homework.’
He did all his work to perfection and became a huge personality in the game. It was all done with a gentle Scottish accent and cheerful attitude to life which was admired with affection all over the world. His influence over all things was perhaps summed up by one Scottish player, lamenting a narrow loss one time in the Five Nations Championship. Said the player, ‘aye, we’d have played much better if Bill McLaren had been commentatin’.’
Bill continued at the microphone until he was close to 80 years of age. He retired from BBC TV in 2002 after exactly 50 years of international broadcasting. The reaction to his departure was amazing, with much media coverage in press, radio and TV and, of course from his many fans around the world who had learned much more about rugby because of his lifetime’s commitment to it.
Which prominent All Black back didn't play a test till after his 30th birthday?