New Zealand vs Ireland LIVE rugby: Latest score and updates with All Blacks ahead after Quinn Tupaea try

Ireland Rugby team huddle after losing against the All Blacks in New Zealand

Ireland begin their fascinating three-match Test series against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland this morning, looking to make history by beating the All Blacks on their home turf for the first time.

Ireland hadn’t beaten New Zealand anywhere in the world despite 111 years of trying until they finally triumphed in memorable style in Chicago in 2016 but since then, have won three of the five fixtures contested by the sides.

Getting the better of Ian Foster’s troops at Eden Park will be a mammoth task however, as the All Blacks haven’t lost at the Auckland ground – to any opponent – since way back in 1994.

They also have some inside knowledge, with ex-Ireland coach Joe Schmidt on their coaching staff, after the native Kiwi was drafted in at short notice to fill holes left by Covid-19 isolations. However, Andy Farrell’s troops did finish second in this year’s Six Nations, with their only defeat coming at the hands of Grand Slam champions France, as they appear to be peaking in time for the Rugby World Cup, which gets underway in just 14 months.

Follow all the action from Eden Park below with our live blog:


TRY! NEW ZEALAND 26-5 Ireland (Ardie Savea try, 39 minutes)

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 08:51


Try? New Zealand 21-5 Ireland, 38 minutes

This is a tough one. Keith Earls had raced back well to contest the gather with Smith after the scrum-half had chipped over Hugo Keenan, but it looks like the All Blacks’ hands have got their first. Has he scooped it back, though?

It looks like he may have done. TMO Marius van der Westhuizen’s verdict is…

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 08:51


Try? This will be checked! New Zealand 21-5 Ireland, 38 minutes

Have New Zealand got another? It’s a brilliant break from Aaron Smith, dummying and darting away from the base of a ruck, but has he knocked the ball on as he attempted to ground before Ardie Savea completed the job?

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 08:49


TRY! NEW ZEALAND 21-5 Ireland (Quinn Tupaea try, 36 minutes)

Dribbled through by Beauden Barrett and Quinn Tupaea collects and scores! It is another mess of Ireland’s own making, plenty of bodies populating a ruck soon after the lineout but never quite securing the ball, Aaron Smith radioing his forwards in to ensure it then comes back on the All Blacks’ side.

Barrett and his backs switch quickly from defence to attack, the fly-half assessing his options as the Irish line rush forward at him. He spots great open expanses of pasture in the backfield, dropping ball to right instep and inviting Tupaea to pick up beneath the posts and score New Zealand’s third.

Another Jordie Barrett conversion and things are beginning to go swiftly south for Ireland.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 08:46


New Zealand 14-5 Ireland, 34 minutes

Ireland have looked to keep the ball in play a lot, kicking infield rather than for the stands with perhaps ill-conceived regularity. The All Blacks are just beginning to stir, tackling with real might as Ireland begin to look the sloppier side in a game that continues to be scrappy.

Ireland will throw a lineout in their own 22 after New Zealand play the percentages.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 08:45


New Zealand 14-5 Ireland, 32 minutes

And to add to Ireland’s woe, Sexton is being led off by a medic. It appears his head took a nasty bang from Sam Cane’s left thigh as he collided with his fellow skipper after that untimely slip. For a player with a history of brain injuries, that isn’t particularly good to see.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 08:44


TRY! NEW ZEALAND 14-5 Ireland (Sevu Reece, 30 minutes)

From inside his own 22, Reece puts his foot down and there is no catching him!

Ireland rather ran out of puff and purpose, increasingly ragged as they try to reset having lost a number of gainline collisions. Sexton is back on his feet and trying to orchestrate but it is all a half-beat off, Garry Ringrose juggling his fly-half’s pass slightly and then passing in front of a slipping James Lowe.

Reece’s feet, hands and intentions are certain as he gathers the bouncing oval ball and sets off for the posts at the far end. Another Jordie Barrett conversion extends the All Blacks’ advantage.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 08:40


New Zealand 7-5 Ireland, 28 minutes

Another imperfect exit from the All Blacks and here again come Ireland. Johnny Sexton falls awkwardly as his feet go out from under him as he prepares to take contact, and his absence from the line just forces a stall in the Irish movement.

Hang on – a loose pass and Sevu Reece is cantering away!

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 08:40


New Zealand 7-5 Ireland, 27 minutes

Aaron Smith’s clearance isn’t the prettiest and Lowe lets out some frustration with an angry rumble into the New Zealand chasers. Ireland win back a crossfield hoist but make little gain. Garry Ringrose arcs to the outside but is felled by Brodie Retallick’s go-go-gadget arms, and the ball again spills into touch on Lowe’s left wing.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 08:38


New Zealand 7-5 Ireland, 26 minutes

Ireland explore an intriguingly large blindside from the back of the scrum, but the All Blacks drift and hold their feet as the Irish cogs interchange in attack, and an ambitiously flat pass for James Lowe on the extreme left tumbles forwards from the former Tasman Mako’s fingers.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 08:36


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