10 Jun 2012

Ireland captain says letting ABs score points early led to ultimate downfall

10:06 am on 10 June 2012

The Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll says letting the All Blacks build a 16-3 lead in the first 20 minutes of the match was their ultimate undoing.

The All Blacks beat Ireland 42-10 in Auckland to start new coach Steve Hansen's tenure in style.

The Irish started the game with a hiss and a roar but the All Blacks absorbed the early pressure before striking back through the pinpoint goal-kicking of first five Dan Carter.

It wasn't long before the tide of possession turned New Zealand's way and Hansen's men began dismantling Ireland's defence, scoring five tries to one over the course of the game.

O'Driscoll says letting the All Blacks in early is always dangerous as it allows them to relax a little and get into a rhythm.