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Alan Quinlan Claims Ireland Given 'Reality Check' By New Zealand XV After Heavy Defeat

Alan Quinlan Claims Ireland Given 'Reality Check' By New Zealand XV After Heavy Defeat
By Michael Bolton Updated
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Alan Quinlan claims Andy Farrell will be given a reality check when it comes to depth of his Irish squad as Ireland ‘A’ were hammered 47-19 by New Zealand XV.

In a game that Ireland ‘A’ never got going in, New Zealand XV physically dominated them at every area of the pitch, particularly the breakdown, where Craig Casey was given no protection.

When there were gaps in the defensive lines, the All Blacks made them play as they made their quality count and took their opportunities in a ruthless display

Given that this game was built as a way for Ireland players to force their way into the first team with a positive display, it was a very disappointing that nobody put their hand up for selection

Speaking on Virgin Media after the game, Alan Quinlan said this will be a reality check for Andy Farrell and his side after tonight’s heavy loss.

“That’s a big learning curve, and it’s a bit of a reality check for the depth that Andy Farrell is trying to develop that they weren’t able to cope tonight at home.

The positives came from that second Maori game in New Zealand, but this is a different kettle of fish, these guys are all playing Super Rugby regularly.

It’s hard to start blaming the forwards on everything, but that’s where it starts. We probably underestimated them when we were talking off air. There’s a little bit of an edge to them there given that this game has been shown back in New Zealand, these guys are trying to get on the All Blacks team, some of them are probably peeved they’re not on the touring squad.

They’ll look back on this game these layers and know they can do better.”

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In an hugely talented side that included TJ Perenara, Damian McKenzie and Patrick Tuipulotu, winger Shaun Stevenson was the star of the game as he scored four tries in a top display.

Ian Foster’s side came flying out of the blocks with Stevenson scoring his first try after 10  minutes. Another try from Stevenson and Brodie McAlister put New Zealand 19-7 up at the interval in a first half that Ireland were completely outclassed in, with Ciarán Frawley scoring Ireland’s first try.

However, Ruben Lowe had New Zealand’s fourth try just seconds into the second half, as they produced a ruthless performance.

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There was some positives for Ireland with Marty Moore scoring a try in his first appearance for Ireland in quite some time, while Max Deegan scored a brilliant try after some fantastic work from Calvin Nash.

but New Zealand scored three more through AJ Lam, Braydon Ennor and Damian McKenzie capping off a brilliant performance, and a night to forget for Ireland.

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Ireland and South Africa will once again suffer from a kit clash on Saturday evening (Photos: Sportsfile)

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