New Zealand thrash Ireland 41-14 to reach semis

2019-10-19 at 18:17

New Zealand powered past Ireland 41-14 to deliver an ominous sign for their rivals in pursuit of retaining the World Cup.

Aaron Smith’s quick thinking ensured the All Blacks stormed into an early lead; diving low from close range for a pair of tries.

Their expansive game soon followed, with Beauden Barrett capitalising on a clever kick into space, collecting after blowing the Irish away in a foot race and collecting his second try of the tournament.

A now exhausted Ireland were then ground down by New Zealand’s mauling, with Matt Todd adding the finishing touch to a gruelling try.

Robbie Henshaw scored late on to ensure the Irish did not become the first side to ever lose a World Cup knock-out match to nil, before adding another score through a penalty try, but it was all too little, too late.