Others must believe they can beat New Zealand

Florence Fletcher
November 20, 2018

After yesterday's success over the All Blacks in Dublin, Schmidt said he would make a call by the end of the month on whether he'll stay on after next year's World Cup, or return home to New Zealand.

Hansen now boast a win record of close to 90 per cent, and would likely be offered a renewal by New Zealand Rugby.

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"It's all about prepping the boys as best we can and getting us in the right space".

"He was the master on the day", Lenihan said of Ireland's O'Mahony on Against the Head tonight. "We were at home, and they were coming off a long series of games where they have travelled around the world a number of times". "I wouldn't see any point doing that".

Hinton praised the "unassuming yet brilliant Kiwi coach" who "sent out a side not just motivated, but equipped with the skill, discipline and game-plan to sit the now previous best team in the world on their bums".

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'Ireland are the world's best, then. The former rugby league great - who also played for England in rugby union - has with Saturday's win tasted success against the All Blacks four times (twice with Ireland, once with England and past year with the British & Irish Lions).

New Zealand retained their world number-one status despite losing to number-two side Ireland - but head coach Hansen had claimed before the clash that the victor would swipe the global bragging rights. The 43-year-old modestly says he has no magic formula, but Schmidt is in no doubt of his qualities.

Ireland boss Schmidt insisted afterwards, however, that All Blacks coach Hansen installing his men as World Cup favourites should be viewed as a cute ruse. "It's a nebulous thing for us".

Strong defence is the rock that this victory is based on but every side needs a sharp finisher and Ireland possess one in Jacob Stockdale. This time the Ulster winger's chip was flawless, as was the bounce.

"You've got to have structure and you've got to have balance and we've got guys reacting to situations and sometimes that's just going out of your structure and just playing what's in front of you and I think we're still trying to find that balance". "It does take a lot of confidence to try it again", said Best.

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