You can go to the end of time, the last World Cup in the history of mankind, and the All-Blacks will be favourites for it

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  1. Ann

    Actually watched most of the second half. I don't usually watch the rugby since my only in-house option is to watch with my father-in-law and that is just too scary. (We are always terrified the poor man is going to have a heart attack.)

    I felt bad for Ireland- it seemed like around the 70 minute mark or so, the All-Blacks just entirely ground them down. Nothing flashy, just relentlessly moving the ball. You're right, there was no collapse and the boys kept working, but it was like trying to stop a bulldozer that's rolling downhill.

    What struck me the most (and you can correct me if I'm wrong – this is an impression) is that it seems like rugby is the most team-oriented sport I've ever seen. It really takes all the players to make the team work, unlike most team sports I can think of in which having a superstar or two can make your team much better regardless of team work. (Like having a power hitter or strike-out pitcher in baseball or some insane striker in soccer or someone like Eoin Kelly on your hurling team.)

  2. Well, maybe having Eoin Kelly would've helped, if he was allowed to use his hurl ;)

    But I think you are right, you have to have a team performance, and while individuals can lift a team, they can't force a win.

    I suppose you could argue that having a top class out half can really direct a game, and if they've great drop kicking ability then they can win tight games.
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