New Zealand 60 Ireland 0: We were terrible, says Brian O’Driscoll

Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll admits his side were not good enough after they suffered a record 60-0 defeat by New Zealand

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Brian O’Driscoll has admitted his embarrassment at Ireland’s “terrible” defeat 60-0 by New Zealand which sealed a series whitewash for the world champions.

Richie McCaw’s side were already 21-0 ahead after the opening 19 minutes, with the Kiwis keeping up the pressure and running in a total of nine tries to complete a 3-0 Test series victory in Hamilton.

“We started terribly and they came at us. We just made too many errors,” said Ireland captain O’Driscoll.

“We had a lot of tackles to make and that scoreline tells its own story. They were clinical at the breakdown and we were terrible.”

“We knew that we had to start well and we didn’t and that’s what the All Blacks do – when they get a 15 or 20-point lead they just play their own game and you’re running after them for 80 minutes,” he said.

“To be 21 points down before 20 minutes was up, we were going to be chasing the game.”

Ireland have never beaten New Zealand, and after their 22-19 defeat last weekend, there was a feeling Declan Kidney’s side might be able to end that miserable run in the final Test.

But New Zealand captain McCaw was pleased with his side’s response following their below-par performance against the Irish in Christchurch.

“It was great, we really picked up in intensity from last week, that probably sums it up even when we didn’t have the ball,” said McCaw.

“There is always a danger when you get 20 points up that quickly that you might throw the ball around more than you should, but I was happy with the way we got the mix right.”

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