Departing coach Joe Schmidt says that Ireland’s failure to make the All Blacks work for their points was his side’s undoing following their 46-14 quarter-final defeat in Tokyo.
The All Blacks thumped Ireland 46-14 on Saturday to book a semi-final date with England next weekend.
Japan has moved up to sixth in the World Rugby rankings following Australia’s 40-16 quarter-final defeat by England on Saturday.
England coach Eddie Jones feels no sympathy for his native Australia following England’s resounding quarter-final victory over the Wallabies on Saturday.
Due credit was paid to retiring Ireland skipper Rory Best, who couldn’t hide his emotion following their quarter-final loss to the All Blacks on Saturday.
Coach Steve Hansen was a satisfied man after the All Blacks’ quarter-final triumph, while Ireland counterpart Joe Schmidt acknowledged they had been a ‘bit flat’ all tournament.
The All Blacks produced a defensive masterclass on Saturday to destroy Ireland and remind all and sundry why they are favourites to win the 2019 World Cup, writes JON CARDINELLI at the Tokyo Stadium.
Aaron Smith scored two tries as the All Blacks handed Ireland yet another World Cup quarter-final defeat with a 46-14 win in Tokyo on Saturday. DYLAN JACK reports.
England booked their spot in the 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-finals with a comfortable 40-16 victory over the Wallabies on Saturday.
Following the Wallabies’ quarter-final defeat, coach Michael Cheika couldn’t hide his immense disappointment, but admitted the ‘better team’ won.