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Watch: Paul O'Connell's Refreshingly Different Take On New Zealand's Roughouse Tactics

Watch: Paul O'Connell's Refreshingly Different Take On New Zealand's Roughouse Tactics
By Gavin Cooney Updated

New Zealand spent much of the game against Ireland playing on the, er, edge. To indulge in euphemism, the All Blacks have mastered the dark arts to a degree unlike any other side.

In reality, Ireland were on the end of a horrible combination of questionable refereeing and some roughhouse tactics by the All Blacks. A high tackle by Sam Cane sent Robbie Henshaw off on a stretcher, and Fekitoa spent ten minutes in the bin for attempting to decapitate Simon Zebo.

There was some serious cynicism too: the ABs gave away two deliberate penalties to prevent Ireland crossing twice in the opening half.

While many Irish fans will decry these New Zealand tactics, Paul O'Connell took a very different approach.

Speaking at half-time on Sky Sports, he took the New Zealand tactics as a compliment, saying that the penalties were brilliant in their cynicism.

See Also: Watch: Ireland Undone By Incredibly Harsh TMO Decision On Second NZ Try

See Also: Watch: Joe Schmidt Was Not Happy As Sam Cane Takes Robbie Henshaw Out Of The Game

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