New Zealand vs Ireland LIVE rugby: Latest score and updates as All Blacks defend Eden Park record

New Zealand vs Ireland LIVE rugby: Latest score and updates as All Blacks defend Eden Park record

Ireland Rugby team huddle after losing against the All Blacks in New Zealand

Ireland’s wait for a win against New Zealand on New Zealand soil goes on after the All Blacks cruised to a 42-19 win in the opening match of the three-match series in Auckland on Saturday.

Number eight Ardie Savea scored either side of half-time to help New Zealand avenge a 29-2src loss in Dublin last November and extend their unbeaten run at Eden Park to 47 tests over 28 years.

Ireland dominated the early exchanges and grabbed a try through winger Keith Earls, repeating the feat through centre Garry Ringrose soon after the break and scoring a late consolation through Auckland-born Bundee Aki.

Full-back Jordie Barrett scored a try and converted all six for the All Blacks, while winger Sevu Reece, centre Quinn Tupaea and debutant loose forward Pita Gus Sowakula also crossed to help put the hosts 1-src up.

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South Africa 3-18 Wales, 39 minutes

But that is staunch defence from Wales! South Africa fancy a battle of mauling might, but in Adam Beard and Will Rowlands Wales have two drive detonators, and the locks wrestle their way on to the ball and ensure that a slight inwards steer will be the only movement of the South African eight.

One more secure scrum should see Wales to half-time…

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Yellow card! Dan Biggar is sent to the sin bin! South Africa 3-18 Wales, 38 minutes

Wales desperately kill the speed of South Africa’s ruck ball twice. South Africa again make a mess of their attack, but Nika Amashukeli brings them back for the first of those penalties…

And sends Dan Biggar to the sin bin! Out comes the yellow for the Welsh captain after cynically lying over the ball following that desperate retreating tackle. Wales down to 14 and South Africa kick to the corner.

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South Africa 3-18 Wales, 37 minutes

Dan Biggar steps out of one tackle as he takes carrying duties after the scrum. But South AFrica attack three rucks in quick succession and at the third win the ball back.

That’s more like it from the Springboks! Damian Willemse gallops up the left touchline and feeds Faf de Klerk, who is just about hauled down from behind by Biggar deep inside the Welsh 22.

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South Africa 3-18 Wales, 35 minutes

South Africa are going to need their Bomb Squad. It all looks a little disjointed from the Springboks, with Lood de Jager knocking on as he carries in midfield.

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TRY! South Africa 3-18 WALES (Louis Rees-Zammit try, 33 minutes)

Another opportunistic score for Louis Rees-Zammit!

How’s your luck, Wales? This is a real curio of a try. Wales throw a long lineout over the top that falls into Elton Jantjies’ arms. The fly-half can’t gather cleanly, though scooping it backwards as he and Nick Tompkins play bumper cars, and then their tangled legs inadvertendly skewing the ball towards the South African line.

Rees-Zammit rushes on to it, collects after a welcome hop and dashes across the line for his second score. Dan Biggar’s conversion makes Wales’ lead all the prettier – and Loftus Versfeld falls silent.

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South Africa 3-11 Wales, 31 minutes

That is what Tommy Reffell can do! South Africa run the goalline dropout back with Damian Willemse punchy in the carry, but Lood de Janger is turtled soon after, allowing Reffell to scavenge over the top, and rewarded with the penalty.

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