Friday , November 27 2020

The Irish are a big enough test for all blacks, says Ryan Crotty



Six Nations Grand Slam Champions Ireland current enough of challenge for world champions New Zealand Saturday's test for Kiwis should not be driven by a painful defeat in 2016, says Ryan Crotty.

The 30-year-old caused his pain over the Irish in 2013 in Dublin, scoring the last move of the game, which was converted to victory after his opponents led 22-17.

He believes a clash between the two leading teams in the world in the pit of Lansdowne Road is more than a player can ask for.

"How can you not get excited if you have a chance to play?" Crotty said at a media conference.

"It's two of the best teams in the world going for it, here, an amazing atmosphere, an amazing stadium, great fans … you do not have to go anywhere else, you do not have to dip into the past to find the will and the intensity to play and play well."

Hoker Dane Coles, who provided the transition for Crotty to score that day in Dublin, said he and his teammates do not want to suffer what they did in Chicago. "I think we are doing everything we can to make it happen again, because we are [he and Crotty] They were involved in Chicago and it was not a great feeling, "Coles said.

"We can talk about history and things like that, but that's all about it this week, we're not taking the past for further motivation, there's going to be a lot of motivation just to concentrate this week and we hope to do the job."

Crotty, who missed the World Cup winning team in 2015, and Coles, seem to have the same understanding of the pitch as on it.

Their teamwork came to fruition when Crotty was asked if all the Blacks had the same intensity going into this game as they did in 2016 when they arrived in Dublin a few weeks after the Chicago defeat beat the Irish.

"I hope so," said Crotty. "We'll have to, if we do not do it.

"Let's the second best," interrupted Coles, who was a key member of the 2015 World Cup winning side but injuries over the past few years have seen Codie Taylor take his place in the XV starting. Coles says the Irish coach, Schmidt, has given the Irish a much more impressive set of skills than in the past.

"They definitely have a bigger game," said the 31-year-old. "They're not the classic team that only scrums and drives, their skill sets are huge and we feel defeat and stuff like that.

"They can actually play, forward and have great skill sets, tremendous respect for them.

"They seem to have added their little taste to international pilgrimage for the last six or seven years."

Kroty, who jokes about every Irish he has met since scoring the experiment in 2013, does not agree with their opponents' perception since Schmidt took over in 2013, although their last three games were much closer than many of the previous encounters.

"They're just a conspicuous side," said Crotty. "I do not know if the perception has changed but I think honor is definitely there because they are one of the best in the rugby world."

AFP


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