Praise for Kiwi who 'out-thought' All Blacks

Sports | 19 Nov 2018

New Zealanders have been quick to find a way to celebrate Ireland's historic Test win in Dublin, highlighting that the All Blacks' loss was at least masterminded by a Kiwi.

The 16-9 victory was the third time in the teams' last three clashes that Ireland have won, and the first on home soil. It was also the first time in 20 years that the All Blacks have been kept tryless and held to single figures in the same match.

New Zealand media highlighted headlines such as "Irish 'import' play pays off" and "Schmidt a Kiwi at heart," referring to New Zealand-born Ireland coach Joe Schmidt. All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said his world champions were "beaten by a better team" and Ireland deserved to be favorites for the World Cup in Japan next year.

Radio New Zealand's Jamie Wall said all the post-match talk "should be about Joe Schmidt - the man who out-thought the All Blacks."


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