Click here for post-match quotes from Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan following the 11-point loss to the All Blacks in Hamilton.
EDDIE O’SULLIVAN: QUOTES
“They did wear us down. They held on to the ball and kept coming at us, and kept coming at us. They made us work hard and we were a bit punch-drink at times.
“We didn’t get a lot of parity in territory or possession.
“New Zealand held on to the football for long phases and they just kept on running hard and kept on coming at us.”
“I think we were accused of being ‘confident’ this week – but we justified it with the performance we gave.
“It’s going to be tougher next week. I think New Zealand will be better, but I think we’ll be better too. We’ll have to be. That’s the challenge for us to take up. Our plan is to get better and we’ll have to be better. Tonight we’re disappointed about not getting the result, but we’ll be back on the horse on Monday and get on with it, and kick on for the second Test.”
“(On Ireland’s scrum troubles) I think that was because we weren’t aggressive in the engagement.
“But as the game went on I don’t think there was a massive difference in the scrum and it evened up and we weren’t under the same pressure.
“We knew they would go after us there, and they did, but having said that, it wasn’t as destructive in that sense. We were under pressure but were able to perform.”