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Friday, November 19, 2010

Classic Encounters - New Zealand vs Ireland 1992

Ireland host the All Blacks tomorrow with history hanging over them and the fact that in one hundred years of rugby, they've never beaten the great team from New Zealand. They came mighty close in 1992 though, so here's a few highlights from that classic match.

Carisbrook, Dunedin was the scene of the first of a two-test series between the two sides in New Zealand. While the home side were heavy favourites, the Irish came out showing the kind of fighting spirit they've become known for over the years, taking an early lead through centre Vinnie Cunningham.

Jim Staples scored not too long after that and the All Blacks looked seriously rattled. They hit back through with a well worked try, then outstanding centre Frank Bunce crossed as New Zealand tied things up. Cunningham then scored another great try giving Ireland genuine hope.

Eroni Clarke hit back, then Bunce crossed again with a neat dummy as the home side came away with a hard fought 24-21 victory in what was a game that gave them a real shake-up.

A week later in Wellington, the All Blacks kicked into gear and won convincingly 59-6.

Time: 06:26



  • First - not for this comment - but for hopefully what will happen tomorrow


    By Anonymous BigBuck, at November 19, 2010 8:04 pm  

  • I would rather see the 59-6 games highlights personally :-)

    Why not celebrate the ABs kicking some arse rather than other teams coming close?

    By Anonymous olwakachangchang, at November 19, 2010 8:06 pm  

  • ... says the All Black fan.

    Some cool tries there. Ian Jones was such a beanpole. No way he'd get away with that nowadays!

    Bunce - legend

    By Anonymous Laz, at November 19, 2010 8:18 pm  

  • Apart from some physiques, amazing to see almost a third of the pitch isn't used!

    The Irish winger takes the ball with acres of space out wide ... amazing to see how some of the passing (and the balls) have evolved.
    Very good short-range interplay though, especiall by the All Blacks. No wonder they're on top most of the time...

    By Anonymous Sander, at November 19, 2010 8:42 pm  

  • Tuigamala as in Inga tuigamala.. as in Va'aiga Tuigamala... When Lomu came on the stage I was thinking "He's no Tuigamala"

    Thanks Rugbydump... now I feel old and fat

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 19, 2010 9:11 pm  

  • 'I would rather see the 59-6 games highlights personally :-)'

    That because you are a cock...

    the fact is it needs not to be said, if this is when ireland came mighty close and it was in 1992 then whats the point in highlighting the 1000 something other times when they didnt come close....

    it simple, the games where the underdogs come closest are the most appreciated because they're the most expected....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 19, 2010 9:45 pm  

  • Can't imagine such a large area of open field in a present day international match, let alone a large area of the All Blacks' field.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 19, 2010 10:01 pm  

  • Kearney could learn a thing of two from Staples' attacks on the line.

    This weekend's squad looks to be almost the same team that got trounced 66-28 over the summer; about 5 players swapped, but pretty much like-for-like.

    I'm not expecting much from Ireland, but as long as they come out swinging and play the full 80m, it should at least be entertaining (unless NZ just run up the scoreboard every other minute). I think a straight and solid defense, quick off the line will be necessary if Ireland don't want to end up like Scotland...

    By Anonymous marshall faulk, at November 19, 2010 10:30 pm  

  • Not me above! But a nice try.

    By Anonymous Flooz, at November 19, 2010 10:38 pm  

  • God i'd love to one day read a review of an irish performance that didn't resort to patronising us and reverting to stereotypes...We're pasionate hard-fighting lads who never give up....begorrah..

    I'd say the the kiwis should win tomorrow by twenty but i'd love to see us put some moves together and attempt to play some decent rugby. Something we really haven't done in a whil.

    Anyone remeber the game in Landsdowne where Ireland was a fair bit ahead before lomu and co steamrolled us in the last twenty mins ?

    It was a great game and a certain richie mccaw made his debut

    By Anonymous Third Centre, at November 19, 2010 11:02 pm  

  • Whoever is impersonating Flooz stop it.

    By Anonymous Flooz, at November 19, 2010 11:54 pm  

  • just an observation regarding the space on the pitch and the passing. Apart from the fact that this is pre pro rugby era, the balls were significantly heavier and made of smooth leather. When your hands were sweaty or simply wet from the pitch it was better to not try any fancy long passes as slippage was quite likely. The expansive game as we know it today came later.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 20, 2010 12:24 am  

  • Qote: Whoever is impersonating Flooz stop it.

    i will begin using a new name from now on.

    By Anonymous Flooz, at November 20, 2010 1:23 am  

  • This seemed pretty well-written:


    I really hope Heaslip can actually perform on the day as well - he's been a bit...off...this year (I guess the whole squad has, really).

    By Anonymous worried, at November 20, 2010 3:12 am  

  • yea its great they're just passing it along the line and using the pitch some of the handling and passing is atrocious and rugby has definetley moved on for the good

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 20, 2010 5:46 am  

  • ^^
    Well the handling and passing might look atrocious but i reckon the skill levels are very high here. I mean, even guys like Blanco and Gibson and Batty used to throw wobbly passes head over heels but they always seemed to stick and the timing and angles of those players was beautiful.
    Look at the famous barbarians try against the all blacks: how many crap looking passes were there? I miss the days when there was space on the pitch for the back line.
    And a lot of the pack didn't even try and follow the play outside the tight leaving fewer men and more space in the following phases.
    Now you see centres getting hauled down by props it's bollox. Just my 2 cents.

    By Anonymous Dub in Oz, at November 20, 2010 7:44 am  

  • I'm confused. The score was 18-21. A try was scored and its then 24-21. How?

    By Anonymous Nick, at November 20, 2010 9:33 am  

  • used to be just 4points for a try, they changed it to favour more attacking Rugby. Italy in the 90's relied almost entirely on the boot of Domingues. So 18+4+2 for the conversion, 24pts

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 20, 2010 12:28 pm  

  • God damn it...!!

    By Anonymous Flooz, at November 20, 2010 4:43 pm  


    By Anonymous Khamtribe, at November 20, 2010 4:48 pm  

  • the last 10 minutes of this game tonight have made me sick with the ALL-CHEATS. Why can't a ref do something about them holding on on the ground and not rolling away? pointless game when they cheat that much. but hey, they have the reputation as the cheats of international rugby, that tag isn't going to leave them.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 20, 2010 8:10 pm  

  • Watched this game about a year ago. Couldn't believe how close they came. And you have to remember it wasn't Ire's strongest team either. Alot of injuries on before hand. Then NZ woke up the next week and pulverised us.

    To comment above me, you have to admit, Ire could've had a binning too. Cian Healy was responsible for 6 pts in first half alone (not to mention his terrible tackle for Boric's try) before he started collapsing scrums in 2nd 1/2.

    Its a depressing state of affairs when Ire lose by 20 and people are saying how good it was. Wrong scrum half started, D'arcy was invisible again (Earls has to start next week), Healy isn't international standard (Eng's Dan Cole has less seasons and game time under him, he's up against Castro at Leicster, less caps, and is younger yet is already miles better, he just shouldn't be wearing there). Props go to Micko O'Driscoll though. The hounding he got after SA game. He was Ire's best forward til he went off.

    Keiran Read for player of the year...

    By Anonymous Huh!! the 3rd, at November 20, 2010 10:06 pm  

  • Yes thats right Anonymous.

    Wail, gnash teeth, splutter at the "All Cheats". Cry in your beer, howl at the moon, rail at the injustice of it all.

    Just think how much better it will make you feel if you win one.

    Some day... maybe.

    By Anonymous Adrian, at November 21, 2010 3:33 am  

  • Adrian, are you making some unfounded suppositions about the nationality of the anonymous complainer there?

    Yes, you are.

    By Anonymous Mike, at November 21, 2010 3:31 pm  

  • Love watching old rugby where the players (mostly) stay on their feet around the ruck. It's like watching a different game.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 22, 2010 5:54 pm  

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