21 Nov 2010

All Blacks beat Ireland

12:42 pm on 21 November 2010

The All Blacks have beaten Ireland 38-18 in Dublin, scoring four tries to two.

The Irish scored the first try through flanker Stephen Ferris before New Zealand lock Anthony Borich crashed over for a 19-13 half-time lead.

No.8 Kieran Read scored in the corner after the break then replacement Sam Whitelock crossed for the All Blacks' third, after fellow lock Tom Donnelly limped off.

Skipper Brian O'Driscoll got another try back for Ireland but Read's second near the final whistle saw the score blow out to the 20-point victory.

The All Blacks led 19-13 at half-time. Dan Carter was judged man of the match but his seven goalkicks from eight for a match haul of 18 points leaves him just two shy of England star Jonny Wilkinson's world record of 1,178 points ahead of next week's tour finale against Wales in Cardiff.

The win is Graham Henry's 100th victory as a Test match coach while Richie McCaw and Mils Muliaina now hold the joint record for the most All Blacks Test appearances with 93 each.

Elsewhere Scotland shocked South Africa 21-17 at Murrayfield, France edged out Argentina 15-9 at Montpellier, England beat Samoa 26-13 at Twickenham and Australia beat Italy 32-14 in Florence.