The reaction to the first ever Irish win away to the All Blacks has not been kind to the home team. We've rounded up all the reaction down under to Ireland v New Zealand.
Ireland v New Zealand : Second Test
23-12 was the final score, and New Zealand's scramble and 22 defence was magnificent, as it always is. However, had it not been for refereeing howlers and Irish inaccuracy and sloppiness against 13 men, there would have a 30 point difference between the two sides.
In short, and on top of losing to Ireland for the first time in their history, the All Blacks were dominated in terms of pressure, territory, and possession for 90% of the game.
Head coach Ian Foster has been taking massive amounts of criticism in the press and from fans on social media since their poor 2021 Autumn Series, and this will increase exponentially following today's loss and the manner in which it occurred.
Fans and journalists were instantaneous and brutal in their Twitter assessments of Foster, leaving no time to spare in questioning his position as head coach.
Just to sum up. Ian Foster has won 1 of his last 4 tests and that came when he wasn’t there all week. Lots of other factors, but might be mentioned this next week. #ABschat
— Marc Hinton (@marchintonffx) July 9, 2022
Ian Foster's All Blacks continue to write the wrong kind of history while Scott Robertson's Crusaders write all the right kind of history. Foster, as head coach of the Chiefs, won 50% of his matches over 10 years. Some things don't change.
— Mark Keohane (@mark_keohane) July 9, 2022
Can we have a vote of no confidence in Ian Foster?
— Tim Baker (@TimJ_B) July 9, 2022
Ian Foster’s All Blacks have lost to 🇦🇺 🇦🇷 🇫🇷 🇿🇦 🇮🇪
— Michael Colhoun (@michaelcolhoun) July 9, 2022
With the World Cup edging ever closer, there have even been suggestions that losing this Test series to Ireland may be to the benefit of the All Blacks if it means that Foster will lose his job.
Adding to the continuous pressure is also the presence of Scott Robertson as head coach of the most successful Crusaders team of all-time, and the presence of Joe Schmidt helping out the All Black coaching staff.
Ireland v New Zealand : Ardie Savea Decision
One of the main talking points of the match was the error involving in the taking off of Ardie Savea, arguablyNew Zealand's best player.
Savea was chosen to go off while the All Blacks had a red card and a sin bin, with the intention of coming back on when the 10 minute sin bin had finished.
However, because the red carded player was a tighthead prop, it meant that Savea had to remain off the field to ensure a tighthead sub could be on the field for scrums.
It was a major gaffe from Foster and his assistants, and one that may have had major implication on the outcome, such is the presence and quality of Savea.
Ian Foster butchered the Ardie Savea call. No matter what, Savea should be the last player you bring off.#NZvIRE
— Dylan Jack (@dylmjack) July 9, 2022