"New Zealand Dominates Ireland to Secure Rugby World Cup Semi-final Showdown with Argentina"

Rugby World Cup quarter-finals: Ireland vs. New Zealand

Ireland: (17) 24

New Zealand: (18) 28



New Zealand ended Ireland's dreams of a second consecutive World Cup as the All Blacks deservedly defeated their rivals in a thrilling match in Paris to reach the semi-finals against Argentina.


World-top-ranked Ireland were expected to reach at least the semi-finals for the first time, but Andy Farrell's side failed to break their quarter-final curse with another heartbreaking night against the All Blacks at the World Cup. There wasn't.

The defeat also ended the career of Ireland captain Johnny Sexton, who looked dejected at full-time as the bitterness of the late knockout loss took hold.

But tries from Lester Fainganuku, Ardie Savea and Will Jordan set up New Zealand's victory in the quarter-final against Pumas at the Stade de France on Friday as New Zealand look set to win their fourth title. It's on track.

Ireland scored tries with tries from New Zealanders Bundy Aki and Jamison Gibson-Park and a penalty try, but despite the raucous Irish cheers from the 78,845-strong crowd, a dramatic turn around in the final stages. It didn't happen.

New Zealand had two players, Aaron Smith and Cody Taylor, picked up yellow cards, but Ian Foster's side withstood the pressure and avenged last year's Test series defeat at home to Ireland.

It was another enthralling match to this great rivalry, with Ireland fighting for the win until the end, but after some hard defending from the players in green, they were forced into an arm-swing at the end of the first half. It was the New Zealand players who raised the score. . He collapsed in the ruined stadium.

The loss ended Ireland's 17-game winning streak and ended their hopes of emulating England's 2003 team with a Six Nations Grand Slam and World Cup double.

But the All Blacks will feel hugely confident heading into their semi-final against Argentina, who beat Wales 29-17 in Marseille on Saturday. On this day, the Southern Hemisphere team achieved an impressive double.


"Sport is cruel, but I'm incredibly proud." - Farrell

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