New Zealand v Ireland preview: All Blacks to triumph in Wellington classic and win the series
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The series is poised magnificently going into the final Test after Ireland claimed an historic 23-12 victory over the All Blacks in the second game – their first triumph on New Zealand soil – to set up a decider at Sky Stadium in Wellington.
It has been a titanic battle across the two Tests, with Ireland the more consistent of the two sides during the tour. The visitors also sealed a solid 30-24 win over the Maori All Blacks on Tuesday, so their changing room will be absolutely buzzing heading into this game.
It is all for New Zealand to do as head coach Ian Foster and his players have come under intense pressure over the last few weeks. However, the return of Sam Whitelock and David Havili will be a massive boost for the All Blacks, whose discipline will be in the spotlight after a horror showing in Dunedin.
Ireland have all the momentum going into the decisive game, and they will be looking to create further history and secure an unprecedented series win against the All Blacks. On the flip side, New Zealand will of course stop at nothing to regain control of the ship, with a series win ultimately sparing their blushes.
There are all the elements for a memorable Test match, and it seems inevitable that Saturday’s clash will be a classic.
What happened in the second Test
Ireland played superbly well in their 23-12 win over the All Blacks last week, starting strongly with a converted Andrew Porter try in only the second minute.