We're away from our normal abode this morning, and though we WATCHED the All Blacks game, we didn't have any audio out of respect for our hosts!
Accordingly, it's hard to form a clear and concise opinion. Our overall impression was of a scrappy and error-ridden performance, a brave defensive display by the Irish (who seemed to be consistently ahead of the offside line) and a lack of cohesion from the All Blacks.
Feel free to correct us if we are wrong, but we got the impression that Andy Ellis didn't have the best of games, and that the backs were deprived of good ball. The back three looked good when they got the ball, but Carter, Nonu and Smith seemed to struggle.
And when was the last time that the All Blacks scored four tries in a test match, all by forwards? Kieran Reid had another barnstorming match, and has really stamped his mark on the No. 8 position. The scrum went well, the lineout was adequate, but the Irish seemed adept at slowing down the ball at the breakdown.
So that's our view, in a silent nutshell. We have the match at home on MySky, but we doubt that we'll get around to watching it upon our return. We hate to admit it, but we're pretty much rugbied-out!