The Horiwood Top Ten are:
6. Maori Men
Bonus: No.11. Sir Richard Branson – UK mogulness cunning
My pick: A Kiwi entrepreneur in the mix: NZ TV’s very sweet & talented Jeanette Thomas
Poetry Pick: Samuel Taylor Coleridge – milk + honey
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.12.12~
IRB’s website reports: New Zealand won a hat-trick of awards as the All Blacks were named IRB Team of the Year for the sixth time and Steve Hansen the IRB Coach of the Year at the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool Allocation Draw in London on Monday.
Dan Carter, is the leading point scorer in Test Rugby with 1,385 in his 94 appearances to date, has bounced back in great style from the disappointment of missing the majority of the All Blacks’ Rugby World Cup-winning campaign through a groin injury.
His calm authority and all-round mastery of the skills required to play in the playmaker position have enabled uptempo New Zealand side to maintain the feel-good factor derived from ending a 24-year wait to lift the Webb Ellis Cup for a second time.
IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset presented McCaw with the Team Award and the Players’ Award on Carter’s behalf, while IRB Vice Chairman Oregan Hoskins presented Hansen with the Coach Award.
The Horiwood Top Ten are:
1. China’s Rise
Bonus - No.11: Apple Martin & Moses Martin
Previous winners of IRB Player of the Year Award
2011 – Thierry Dusautoir (France) 2010 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand) 2009 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand) 2008 – Shane Williams (Wales) 2007 – Bryan Habana (South Africa) 2006 – Richie McCaw (New Zealand) 2005 – Dan Carter (New Zealand) 2004 – Schalk Burger (South Africa) 2003 – Jonny Wilkinson (England) 2002 – Fabien Galthié (France) 2001 – Keith Wood (Ireland)
Previous Winners of IRB Team of the Year Award
2011 – New Zealand 2010 – New Zealand 2009 – South Africa 2008 – New Zealand 2007 – South Africa 2006 – New Zealand 2005 – New Zealand 2004 – South Africa 2003 – England 2002 – France 2001 – Australia
Previous Winners of IRB Coach of the Year Award
2011 – Graham Henry (New Zealand) 2010 – Graham Henry (New Zealand) 2009 – Declan Kidney (Ireland) 2008 – Graham Henry (New Zealand) 2007 – Jake White (South Africa) 2006 – Graham Henry (New Zealand) 2005 – Graham Henry (New Zealand) 2004 – Jake White (South Africa) 2003 – Clive Woodward (England) 2002 – Bernard Laporte (France) 2001 – Rod Macqueen (Australia
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.12.12~
Young Daniel Carter talked of the art of managing the niggles and piggles in knowing your left leg injuries from your left leg injuries on the rugby pitch in elite sports. Never groan. Just recover. Think of team and take the field when able, he reckons.
For Carter it’s a balancing act. He thinks he’ll be ready for the All Blacks final test on the European Tour though.
Video link here for what he said.
Photo: Herald Sun.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.11.12~
The Horiwood Top Ten are:
3. Daniel Carter- rugby football -BBC News
7. Aaron Smith - rugby football news
He most probably will get the Oscars nod for his role in Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln movie. Ireland’s Daniel Day-Lewis always delivers at the American box office. Leonardo DiCaprio jokes he cast him. If you haven’t seen the movie trailer yet, press play.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.11.12~
Daniel Carter one of the best proponents of the sport of rugby football is the 38th most voted star of 2012. Like sports stars like Serena and Venus Williams Dan was raised by his folks as a child to be an elite athlete in the Carter families back yard. Today, he is just that.
To total the contribution of all All Blacks team members online appeal to media brands growth for 2012- would easily rank the side (combined) in the top ten for 2012.
Let’s be gracious and list the team with Dan’s star power at no.39 for 2012.
Well done. :)
[Congratulations NZ AB's. Photo - Getty Zimbio]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.11.12~
On tour with a rugby football team across Europe, Daniel Carter is photographed through the streets of Edinburgh on November 3, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. A Getty Images photo via Zimbio.
The Horiwood Top Ten are:
10. Tie A: The Horiwood Top Ten 18Nov
10. Tie B: Senna Kowhai
No.13: Rachel Hunter – NZ icon
Featured photo: Ma’a Nonu and fan. HBT.
Who’s reading lots today? Germany is. Hey!!!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.11.12~
[Photo - Getty Images]
Observations of a rugby test match – All Blacks & Scotland: It was a very spirited rugby test match at Murrayfield in Scotland. The All Blacks claimed victory conceeding three tries to the Scots, the most in a test match between the two sides at the 51-22 result.
Press Release: The All Blacks opened their Air New Zealand European tour with a dominant 51-22 win over Scotland at Murrayfield on Monday (NZT).
Julian Savea capitalised on his strong carries with a pair of five-pointers – his first a crucial score that kicked the All Blacks 10 points clear after being locked at 10-all.
Rugby Cameo Photos NZ: All Black Rugby players and comedians, Maa Nonu, Dane Coles, Dan Carter have their drop kicks sorted already for the European tour. The lads work the PR circuit in NZ. Photo: NZ Herald.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific.
[Australia's Ben Tapuai is tackled by Daniel Carter (left) and Richie McCaw (right) of New Zealand - AFP, Patrick Hamilton AFP photo].
The New Zealand Herald reported: “All Blacks 18 Wallabies 18 – The All Blacks’ 16-game winning streak come to an end after an 18-all draw with the Wallabies at Suncorp Stadium last night.
Dan Carter missed a drop goal attempt in the 85th minute which would have clinched a late win for the All Blacks in a try-less test.
Carter kicked all of New Zealand’s points while five penalties from Mike Harris and a long distance attempt by Kurtley Beale saw the match end tied – the first time since August last year that the All Blacks have walked off the field failing to win.
The All Blacks were looking to tie the record for most consecutive test wins of 17.”
All Blacks coach, Steve Hansen who made a huge effort to be with his World Champion side this test - said: “We’re really, really disappointed – too many avoidable penalties and too many avoidable mistakes,” Hansen said. “It was probably one of the ugliest games of rugby that I’ve been involved in.”
[Photo:Robbie Deans before kick off. Getty Images].
(Congratulations to the AB’s on 16 wins on the trot. A Century of tests for Keven. Woot! And also to Robbie Dean‘s Australian side for drawing with the World Champions).
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.10.12~
Top two most voted sports stars today are tied: Daniel Carter and Luke McAllister.
Dan’s press via Chris Barclay is about focusing on the year ahead in rugby and “concentrating in the here and now.”
McAllister has been a bit quiet lately. His European fan base is strong, online.
Also in the line up are: Cristiano Ronaldo, Richard Kahui, Aaron Cruden, Sonny Bill Williams, Jonah Lomu, Jason Eaton to name a few.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.10.12
Steve Hansen‘s All Blacks rugby football side are on the trot with a winning run of 14 matches, just shy of the record set by their All Black predecessors between 1965 and 1970.
Here’s his words today: “Records are something that reflect what you’ve done rather than something you should be chasing.”
“It was one our best performances of the season. The manner we did it was very satisfying.”
“To be able to attack like that, you have to have a platform and the forwards played very well today.”
Argentina’s coach’s thoughts: ”We set put to try to do things better with the ball but we took a step back in our defensive organisation,” Pumas coach Santiago Phelan (pictured below) said. (more…)
Rugby: The New Zealand All Blacks totz thumped Los Pumas in Argentina. Score: All Blacks 54. Los Pumas. 15. Woot!
What was said:
It came in beautiful fashion in South America as the Steve Hansen-coached side functioned like a well-oiled machine with Dan Carter back in the saddle at first-five.
Argentina, who play with a passion that was pumped up by a buoyant home crowd, got on the board first when nippy halfback Martin Landajo finished off a scintillating break by 26-year-old fullback Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.
Big wing Julian Savea grabbed a double, Aaron Smith found the line and Cory Jane also scored a five-pointer and the All Blacks went in to the half-time break with a 32-8 lead.
Richie McCaw, was immense in defence and was spelled after a 58-minute shift to give young gun Sam Cane a chance to stretch his legs in his third test appearance. Hansen cleared his bench when he could and took the opportunity to pull Carter, who looked sharp in his return, while Owen Franks and Smith were removed to give the reserves a run.
Manawatu pivot Aaron Cruden, who replaced Carter, didn’t miss a beat as he made a break with one of his first touches of the ball to set Ma’a Nonu away, which capped a great outing from the dreadlocked second-five who also laid on Smith’s first-half try.
Jane, who also scored in the 50th minute, finished the rout with a late try on full-time to complete his hat-trick, which also brought up the half century for the Kiwis.
The romp wrapped up the Rugby Championship trophy for the All Blacks, who head to South Africa during the week to meet the Springboks in Johannesburg next weekend.
Points score board: New Zealand 54 (Cory Jane 3, Julian Savea 2, Aaron Smith, Ma’a Nonu tries; Dan Carter 3 con, 2 pen, Aaron Cruden 2 con, pen) Argentina 15 (Martin Landajo, Gonzalo Camacho tries; Juan Martin Hernandez pen, con) HT: 32-8.
[Photo: Corey Jane. rte. Totiently tri-cool. And a hat trick to boot for Cory to prove it. Nice teamwork].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.9.12~
Steve Hansen has named his All Blacks test side to play Los Pumas in Argentina. Photo: TV3.
Dan Carter is primed writes Brisbane Times. Photo Getty Images.
Coach Hansen’s big news is that NZ’s star kicker, Dan Carter, is returning to the field. Radio NZ reports: “Dan Carter is back [post injury time in recovery] at first five and Aaron Smith will start at scrum half, to take on Argentina in Buenos Aires on Sunday.
Aaron Cruden returns to the reserves, with opensider Sam Cane making his first match day 22 appearance in the Rugby Championship.
All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen says they have huge respect for the Pumas, who have shown in the tournament just how good they are, and they’re expecting even more from them this weekend as they are playing at home in front of their passionate fans.
Captain Richie McCaw will play in his 44th Tri Nations / Rugby Championship game – a record for a New Zealand player.”
TVNZ reported: Victor Vito gets to semi-rest and Ben Smith will start instead of Tamati Ellison.
Hansen adds: “The team has really enjoyed the build-up in Buenos Aires and the culture that the country has to offer, but we know that it will be down to business on Saturday and the team are excited by that challenge.”
Sam Cane is flanked by Tony Woodcock and Aaron Smith while charging forward- Photo Getty/ Zimbio.
All Blacks: 15-Israel Dagg, 14-Cory Jane, 13-Conrad Smith, 12-Ma’a Nonu, 11-Julian Savea, 10-Daniel Carter, 9-Aaron Smith, 8-Kieran Read, 7-Richie McCaw (captain), 6-Liam Messam, 5-Sam Whitelock, 4-Luke Romano, 3-Owen Franks, 2-Andrew Hore, 1-Tony Woodcock.
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Charlie Faumuina, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Ben Smith.
The trick is to entertain. Play smart. Max, build and revitalize Argentina’s rugby fan base. All the while, being mindful of injuries (as much as abe), and show in a festive way the team spirit the AB’s are known for, for a confident fun game with a happy result. For the record, should be fun to see. :)
All the best.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.9.12~
New Zealand All Blacks rugby football coach Steve Hansen has his fans reading up today.
So, what’s Hansen got on the go?
Top Story is Hansen expecting Daniel Carter to return to rugby’s field: New Zealand Herald’s Patrick McKendry reports,
“The experience of the 30-year-old will be crucial to his side’s quest for the victory which will wrap up the series with a match against the Springboks in hand.
“He came through today’s session pretty well,” said Hansen of Carter, who has missed the last two tests, victories over South Africa in Dunedin and Argentina in Wellington, due to a calf injury. “We pulled him out after about 45 minutes and he wasn’t overly happy about that, he wanted to do a bit more, so that is a good sign.
“He’s training like he’s ready to play, so as long as he continues to progress he’ll be playing. [As a team[ We’re just trying to get better.
On Argentina Hansen notes: “They just have to play for 80 minutes. They’re giving themselves plenty of opportunities to win games. The intensity of the games they’re not used to. Playing the opposition they’re playing and that last 20 minutes there’s a lack of concentration and all of a sudden a lead or an opportunity goes missing. But with quality of opposition they’ve got in this competition they’re going to improve in that area and they’re going to be very hard to beat.”
Full story can be read @theKickIt.
Jounrnalism: APNZ. Photo: Getty Images, David Wall Photography & Jetsetz.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.9.12~
The last time the All Blacks sides met the Argentinian Los Pumas in Wellington on September 8, the All Blacks were held tryless for more than an hour before pulling away to a 21-5 victory. Another high intensity could unfold in La Plata on Sunday on Los Pumas home ground.
The All Blacks’ first visit to South America since 2006 should be a platform to promote the code in a nation obsessed by soccer – as the team discovered yesterday when fans of local club Independiente provided a traffic-slowing sideshow en route to their hotel.
Hansen, however, feared another war of attrition would be waged before their final battle in Soweto against the Springboks.
“Argentina will look to slow it down and make it a scrappy game. If it does get scrappy we’ll get what we got in Wellington,” he said. Hansen criticised the Argentinian forwards for habitually losing their footing at the breakdown disrupting the All Blacks’ momentum with the tactic. (more…)
World Champ rugby football kicker (1 of a few in his football team), Daniel Carter, is in recovery from injury for the first All Blacks test against the Argentines.
Aaron Cruden (R) will start in the no.10 jersey with Beauden Barrett getting the call up to the bench.–Photo: Getty-Zimbio.
Sanzar News reported Argentina’s starting line up to face the AB’s as being:
1-Rodrigo Roncero (51 partidos – 25 puntos)
2-Eusebio Guiñazú (20 partidos – 5 puntos)
3-Juan Figallo (11 partidos – 5 puntos)
4-Manuel Carizza (25 partidos – 5 puntos)
5-Patricio Albacete (48 partidos – 5 puntos)
6-Julio Farías Cabello (12 partidos – 5 puntos)
7-Juan Manuel Leguizamón (39 partidos – 35 puntos)
8-Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (capitán) (45 partidos – 20 puntos)
9-Nicolás Vergallo (26 partidos)
10-Juan Martín Hernández (33 partidos – 89 puntos)
11-Horacio Agulla (36 partidos – 20 puntos)
12-Santiago Fernández (20 partidos – 13 puntos)
13-Marcelo Bosch (12 partidos – 11 puntos)
14-Gonzalo Camacho (13 partidos – 20 puntos)
15-Martín Rodríguez (17 partidos – 72 puntos)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.9.12~
When you have a website some really strange search terms trend (most are unpublishable. They do make me laugh-out-loud though!). I have 1000 trending at the moment to keep me amused.
Some of the search trends are: “Hercules filmed in New Zealand,”“Rebecca Dubber medal photo,” ”Is director Peter Jackson part Maori?,” “islands”, “rolling thunder photos,” “Jaime Ridge,” Johnny Depp, “top sexiest women,” Tim Burton, blonde baby blog, Miley Cyrus news,”rugby haka new zealand,” Paula Patton, Max Thieriot, ”opossum crazy yes dumb no,” “Cliff Curtis,” “Troy Kingi Mt Zion,” “Anderson Cooper gossip,” “Paul Davis Ryan,” “Rita Wilson,” “Martin Luther King sunglasses,” “Billy Ray Cyrus,” “sad tom cruise in mission impossible part 3,” lol!,”Clint Eastwood‘s daughters,” “LA Kings photos,” “fashion hook ups USA,” “Christchurch photos before quake,” and Israel Dagg photos.
It’s New Zealand Fashion Week so, Let’s go with Israel (R) & Daniel‘s (L) creative rugby jerseys designs. Story here. Something about fashion, forwards not wearing that… Brownies look better in that. huh?! Too funny.
[Photo: Getty Images]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.9.12~
Over 3,000 set topics make up Horiwoodblog.Com’s website content. Google’s ranking for “Horiwoodblog” today as a search term lists Christchurch The Garden City as the most read topic today on this website.
Who do I blame for that Christchurch online heat? It’s a Southern take over, literally! Well, Sophie Pascoe, the gold medallist whose just won another gold and her third medal in London in the swimming pool is from Christchurch City is most probably to blame for that. Daniel Carter holding a rugby football cup lives in Christchurch too. Mark Solomon the Maori corporate chief of Ngai Tahu Maori tribe lives in Christchurch. Mark is pretty spesh and Solomon just wowed Pacific Forum leaders in Rarotonga recently with all of the things they can do with fish and entrepreneurial nouse.
And of course local characters who have links to Christchurch like Gerry Brownlee, Lianne Dalziel and NZ’s PM meeting Hilllary Clinton yesterday. All of these people have links to Otautahi, Christchurch City.
How do I feel about that? I can’t say, I always wanted to be a “Christchurch ad” as a blogger! (Just kidding!). Christchurch people are in my heart, as a Kiwi. I left for the USA from Christchurch. It was the most beautiful city to live in. Always romantic in former times.
I think it’s quite cheeky, the South has managed to take over this blog today online though. Jeanette Thomas TV Talk Show gal and Piri Weepu, author and rugby world champion, of Auckland City, also take the no.1 spot with Google’s ranking along with Carter.
Google’s graphic this father’s day 2012 is crayons in orange and purple as a reminder to create & play & get creative at all times. The graphic is a father playing soccer with two kids. Cute. I should be a bit more diligent at covering soccer more on this website. It is the largest single sport in the world in terms of followers and fans. One of the highlights of the Olympics was seeing a Maori cousin represent in soccer at the 2012 Olympic games.
Otautahi Thoughts: Some of us really know what it means to be able to say this. So: What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. Live better.
Music: Robbie Williams‘ Better Man. Live at Knebworth.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.9.12~
Daniel Carter of Christchurch, New Zealand holds rugby footballl’s Bledisloe Cup after two strong kicking tests at Eden Park, Auckland City New Zealand. World Cup Champion half-back Piri Weepu‘s latest interview reveals a move of club to the Auckland Blues club. (The football team of New Zealand’s largest earning city and most populated too). Piri also has a new book hitting shelves for his many fans.
What are our most read topics today?
Being peeped the most by readers worldwide are:
1. Entertainment Celebrity News
2. Entertainment News
3. Entertainment Distribution
5. Hollywood Entertainment News
7. New Zealand
8. World News
[Photo: Getty Images & Zimbio]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.8.12~
STEVE HANSEN’S AB’s 22, PART 2: RUGBY MASTERCLASS PERFORMANCE OF ALL BLACKS, RETAIN BLEDISLOE CUP FROM WALLABIES AT EDEN PARK GROUNDS – 25.8.12
In yiiiihaaa rugby football news: NZ’s special rugby fans watched a football match to be proud of in a tournament named after a cross-cultural Govenor-General of Aotearoa, New Zealand, Charles Bathurst who was also called Lord Bledisloe.
The Winnepeg Free Press reports today – “Auckland, New Zealand – Flyhalf Dan Carter kicked 17 points as New Zealand beat Australia 22-0 on Saturday to extend its decade-long winning streak in Bledisloe Cup tests and remain unbeaten after two rounds of the four-nation Rugby Championship.
Carter kicked three penalties to give New Zealand a 9-0 lead after a first half in which its misfiring attack and Australia’s resolute defence limited scoring chances at Eden Park.
He added two more penalties in the second half, including an early shot from 51 metres that cracked Australia’s weakening morale, and slotted the conversion of a try to Israel Dagg to seal New Zealand’s emphatic win.
In doing so, Carter lifted his overall record points tally in tests to 1,318 and his New Zealand-record total in matches against Australia to 313.” The Australian reported the result as a rugby “whitewash.”
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This side of the ditch, the NZH gave a coaching report: “They were commanding, totally in control and the Wallabies lavished them with praise, but the All Blacks themselves were a touch dirty they didn’t finish all they created.
“We made some bad decisions,” said All Black coach Steve Hansen. ”There were times when we could have had one more pass, or hit one more ruck – that would have been nice. We were a lot more patient in the second half but we weren’t quite able to use the luck to pull things off.”
Giving credit where due, Hansen’s opposite, Robbie Deans, had a more enthusiastic appraisal of the All Blacks. Partly because he believed it and partly because the pressure he’s under, it’s not a bad move to talk up the All Blacks to try to put a more positive perspective on things.
“They are relentless, fit, well conditioned and it doesn’t matter what channel you go down, they are at you,” said Deans. “They give every side a blueprint. They gave a masterclass in rugby today and they are a side playing with such confidence that they are getting offloads away among the big forwards and confidence grows. I thought it pretty remarkable that we only leaked one try,” he said.
Heartening words for New Zealand’s World Champion rugby squad from Australia. Work it.
[News source: AP - WPF. Photo: AB's Ma'a Nonu and Wallabies Rob Horne, photog: Rick Rycroft, Getty Images - Winnepeg Free Press. AB's Team Photo: Sonny Bill Williams & his best football buds - BBC Sports].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.8.12~
New Zealand talks about Maori water rights today. Here’s the view from Scotty Morrison and the Te Karere team.
Maori wade into battle over water. Maori leaders have launched a legal challenge to the Waitangi Tribunal in Wellington, over the ownership of water rights and geothermal assets. Around 200 people from around the country attended the opening day of the hearing.
Statutory Board to lodge submission against bill that created it
The Independent Maori Statutory Board held a meeting today to discuss a number of issues – one being the local government act which allows the board to operate and for which the board have agreed to lodge a submission against.
Maori sisters in NZ Black Sticks women’s team. There are eight Maori players in the team including two sisters, Sam and Charlotte Harrison of Ngapuhi. (Go on aye?!)
In Sports News:
Waimarama Taumanu is my mom’s favorite netball stalwart, totally.
Netball News: Magical finish keeps championship hopes alive
Rugby Exports PR Postcards: Dan Carter sad to see buddy SBW go.
Comedians: Guy Williams serenades SBW
Racing News: Red Bull dashes British hopes at Silverstone
In Sports Brand Protection News:”We want players for whom the game means something more than a way to make money – I think they actually go better on the field.”–Peter Williams on ROI realities of sport.
Bonus Links: NZ dollar touches record-high against euro
International news: Russia’s flooding took over 100 lives. Sad.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.7.12~
In Rugby News: Squeaking home with a win is better than no win at home.
The All Blacks needed a last-gasp drop goal from Dan Carter to save them from an Irish team seemingly destined for redemption.
Playing their first test in quake-ravaged Christchurch in two years, Richie McCaw’s world champion side were able to keep intact their 107-year undefeated record against the northern hemisphere outfit. But only just.
It took a dramatic 80th-minute dropped goal from Dan Carter – at his second attempt in a surging finale – to rescue a series-clinching victory for the All Blacks. But the 22-19 final margin said it all. This had been close. Damn close.
A sellout crowd of 20,669 cheered both teams on. A sinbin from young Israel Dagg in the 72nd minute added to the drama of a tense game in cold conditions. A surging run off a ruck from skipper Richie McCaw, to set Dan Carter right, to add his magic to slot the win through the uprights.
With steamy windows in corporate boxes and The All Blacks coaching box whom by this stage – the home side erupted in joy as their men sent the crowd home happy. The close win was seen as a plunge back to earth. Yet it also shows how much stronger the Irish have improved in the last week, being in the heartland of rugby football’s best players.
Ireland took the early 7-0 lead when halfback Conor Murray snuck across from a ruck on the line right on the 10-minute mark.
“It was only the precision boot of Carter that got the All Blacks back into the contest after Jonathan Sexton had slotted a penalty soon after Murray’s try to extend their advantage to 10-0.
[Richie McCaw and Sean O'Brien - photo AFP]. (more…)
Every year new stars rise while other stars dip.
In this moment 5 names you’re enjoying reading news about on the blog are:
1. Adam Levine
2. Dan Carter
3. Brooke Fraser
4. Anderson Cooper
5. Miley Cyrus
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.4.12~