Chicago is the city of Lovable Winners this week as Ireland defeats New Zealand for the first time since they started playing each other in 1905.
As Ireland started well against New Zealand and then kept the lead at Soldier Field, the first 50 minutes were surprise, followed by delight, followed by optimism.
Then New Zealand narrowed the gap, and anxiety and tension wandered into the stadium.... Read More
At Toyota Park just outside Chicago, the New Zealand Maori All Blacks comfortably defeated the USA Eagles, 54-7. The last time the two sides met, in 2013, the Maori won 29-19.
For the USA, too much of the first 40 minutes was spent inside its defensive half. Maori coach Colin Cooper said, “We made the States play inside their half. We’re blessed with the kickers that we have. That was probably... Read More
With the USA Eagles match against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks nearly here, it is time to take a peak at what we might expect from the New Zealand Maori. With relatively few matches, and with a squad of smart players ready to adapt to what is in front of them, it is risky to assume too much about how the match will go. Still, here is some of what we do know.
To put it briefly, they don’t... Read More