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Brian O'Driscoll Cites Most Important Statistic From Irish Win Over All Blacks

Brian O'Driscoll Cites Most Important Statistic From Irish Win Over All Blacks

Many have been looking back fondly on Ireland's performance in their victory over the All Blacks on Saturday.

While a win over the world's greatest is sweet enough in itself, it was the overall Irish efforts that provided much optimism.

Ireland were ultimately unlucky not to put up more points on New Zealand. Johnny Sexton's misfires and Tadhg Furlong's overturned try were prime examples.

Speaking after the game, RTÉ pundit Jamie Heaslip said "we won it our way" and that "we dominated playing the way we play."

Former Ireland head coach Eddie O'Sullivan described it as a "benchmark" for Ireland, saying "the score didn't reflect our dominance."

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The pace of the game was ferocious from the get-go. Ireland chipped away at the New Zealand defense for much of the game, as the visitors tried to catch Ireland on the break.

Regarding some of the standout statistics from the game, Ireland legend Brian O'Driscoll reckons our tackles made discrepancy paints the bigger picture.

New Zealand made 231 tackles over 80 minutes, while Ireland only made 101. A 130 tackle difference.

On paper the All Blacks tackle count could suggest that they played much of the game on the defensive, trying to keep Ireland at bay.

In turn, Ireland's low tackle count could point to the fast-approaching nature of New Zealand's tries in the game, and their attack being stifled before it got going.

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Statistics of previous meetings of the sides show a stark difference. New Zealand's 32 point World Cup victory in 2019 saw 145 tackles made for the winners and 147 for Ireland.

Ireland's last victory over New Zealand, an autumn international in 2018, saw Ireland make 188 tackles to New Zealand's 198.

The infamous win at Soldier Field in 2016 saw 135 tackles made by Ireland, and just 97 made by New Zealand. All three games show much different numbers.

The ability to control the possession against the All Blacks was something unique for Andy Farrell's side.

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James Lowe was in great form after the game

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