Schmidt wary of All Blacks revenge

Date published: November 13 2016

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Ireland are expecting a backlash from New Zealand when the teams meet for the second time this season in Dublin on Saturday.

The Irish pulled off a shock win over the All Blacks a week in Chicago with a 40-29 victory to break their 111-year drought against the World Champions.

Both teams recorded big wins this weekend against Canada and Italy respectively, but Ireland coach Joe Schmidt knows the New Zealanders will want to extract revenge for that historic loss which also ended their 18-Test unbeaten run.

Ireland made a full 15 changes for Saturday’s 52-21 victory over Canada, but Schmidt will no doubt bring back his first-choice players for the All Blacks game.

New Zealand reacted to their shock loss by running in 10 tries in beating Italy 68-10 on Saturday.

“I think they’ll come full-strength, fully loaded. Maybe we surprised them a little bit last week,” said Schmidt.

South Africa were the last team to beat New Zealand in successive encounters, back in 2009, further emphasising the scale of Ireland’s challenge.

“I read that they didn’t really look back too much at the defeat to us before playing Italy this weekend,” added Schmidt.

“Well they have that game done and now they will look at us over the next few days, and they’ll have a really good plan. They are extremely well coached and incredibly well prepared physically, and I think the rate they play at if they have the ball, you’re under pressure if they’ve got it.

“And I think they’ll have more access to it if they’ve got their second row back.”

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