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Brian O'Driscoll said early mistakes cost his side dearly

Brian O'Driscoll said early mistakes cost his side dearly

Brian O'Driscoll said early mistakes cost his side dearly

Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll admitted his side had been "smashed" by New Zealand and dominated at the breakdown as the All Blacks completed a series whitewash with a record 60-0 victory at Waikato Stadium.

A brace of tries from Sonny Bill Williams and Sam Cane meant the match was effectively over as New Zealand led 29-0 at half-time. By the final whistle in Hamilton the All Blacks had ended Ireland's 11-month season on a low with their worst ever defeat to New Zealand.

"You get sick of that scoreline pretty quickly. It is a difficult one to take today," O'Driscoll said. "The second you give them two or three scores by 20 minutes they are a different team. They start to play with a buffer - they are a bit like France that way."

He added: "They dominated us at the breakdown. They smashed us today and, as a result, we weren't able to put together many phases. There was an amount of unforced errors on top of that."

Coach Declan Kidney insisted that, in time, the team would learn from the humbling experience of two heavy losses in three weeks and declared he would not be stepping down from his role.

"I have absolutely no doubt that the players can go on (and challenge for top prizes)," he said. "It is an honour to coach your country. I've been asked to coach my country and I will continue to do so."

O'Driscoll conceded that sections of the game had been a blur to him, but claimed his team never stopped trying.

He added: "It is difficult to look back on other performances (by New Zealand against Ireland) and think of a better one."

Meanwhile, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen believes the future is bright for his side after outstanding performances by young stars including Cane, Beauden Barrett and Aaron Smith.

"We have introduced a group of young men to the All Black jersey and, by and large, we are pretty happy with how they have performed," he said.

PA