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Savea stars in All Blacks victory


Julian Savea scored a hat-trick as New Zealand eased to victory over Ireland

Julian Savea scored a hat-trick as New Zealand eased to victory over Ireland

Julian Savea scored a hat-trick as New Zealand eased to victory over Ireland

Debutant winger Julian Savea scored a hat-trick to inspire New Zealand to an impressive 42-10 win over Ireland at Eden Park.

The Irish had no answer for the pace and power of world champions' backline and the Hurricanes winger ran in three tries inside the first 43 minutes of his first international outing.

The running lines and swift incisions of Israel Dagg, Conrad Smith and Savea caused Ireland problems throughout and coach Declan Kidney will need to come up with a way of negating the dangerous New Zealand backs if Ireland are to avoid a series sweep.

Three penalties from Dan Carter and one from Jonathan Sexton had the score at 9-3 when Savea went over for his first.

Smith created the opening as he drew in Fergus McFadden and Keith Earls before offloading. Carter took possession and slipped Savea in. The winger raced free and touched down under the posts. Carter added the extras.

Conor Murray needed every ounce of strength in his scrum-half frame as he repelled a charging Sam Whitelock at the right corner. Play streamed right to left and Dagg took a great attacking line before setting up Savea for his second try. Carter landed a fine conversion from the left touchline to make it 23-3 at the break.

Any thoughts of an unlikely Irish comeback were extinguished within three minutes of the restart as Dagg and Savea combined again. The All Black 15 twisted and turned his opposite number in defence before he popped up a pass for Savea to get his hat-trick. Carter got his third conversion to make it 30-3.

All the attacks were coming down McFadden's flank but the right winger got some relief as Rory Best scrambled for possession and Sexton hoofed the ball upfield. The Leinster man beat Richie McCaw in a foot race to touch down and Sexton's conversion made it 30-10.

New Zealand's strong ruck then sucked in Irish defenders but not enough to stop Adam Thomson from crashing over.

Smith was then rewarded for a fantastic performance when he dived over to the right of the posts after a slick pass from Aaron Cruden. Carter added the extras to make it 42-10 and give the Irish plenty to ponder ahead of next week's second Test in Christchurch.