I've banged on about this before but it is mind-boggling the way this Irish team is built up before every single game only to fail and fail miserably in what is a minority sport played by next to no one.
The Irish Times today:
"THE PRE-MATCH pageantry alone ought to be something. Brian O'Driscoll leading
out Ireland for the 50th time against the world's most renowned and revered team
for a shot at sporting immortality, three national anthems and then the haka; no
doubt to be followed soon after by The Fields. Croker or the rest of us will
never see the like of it again. If this game even comes close to justifying the
tingle of expectation which has been building all week in the streets and pubs
then it should be something."
The BBC's match tracker:
"FULL-TIME: Ireland 3-22 New Zealand. Thankfully, the final whistle goes.
The last 20 minutes of that game was truly awful. Nothing happened apart from a
host of mistakes from both sides."