New Zealanders praise Schmidt for outsmarting All Blacks

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Asked if Ireland are now World Cup favourites, Schmidt added: "The World Cup?"

How the New Zealand media reacted to Ireland's 16-9 win against the All Blacks in Dublin.

In a testing year for Hansen and his coaching staff, the All Blacks have been beaten by both South Africa and Ireland, as well as been made to work for results over the likes of Argentina, France and England.

Speaking to reporters in Rome, where New Zealand meet Italy on Sunday morning (NZ time), Coles confirmed the All Blacks are battling to strike a balance between playing what they see and the things that they've been coached to do.

"Everyone just threw everything at it, I think all 23 players of both teams, and the Irish were just too good for us tonight so full credit to them", he said. Against one of the best if not the best defensive lineouts in the world he was nearly inch flawless aided by the giant lock Devin Toner.

"It's a big piece of history for us and one we wanted to tick off in Ireland".

Keeping the All Blacks under pressure, again so important, so that when we did get the ball, we are trying and trying and then we are making mistakes, and scrum that said loud and clear that we do not have the most dominate set piece in world rugby. People say, does he talk a lot?

Joe Schmidt Steve Hansen labelling Ireland as World Cup favourites is a “cute ruse”
Joe Schmidt Steve Hansen labelling Ireland as World Cup favourites is a “cute ruse”

There's a vulnerability about the team and an apparent indecision about what they're up to.

The game inevitably opened up and New Zealand's backline became more of a feature but Ireland, saved again by O'Mahony before he limped off to a hero's ovation on the hour, survived the onslaught.

"Nah, it's not confusing", countered Coles. There's 15 of us on the field so we need to help those guys out and, if we see something, just call it and just back our instincts.

"Not right now, no, but I decided before I left I was going to make one and I'll do that when I get home at some stage before Christmas". We have all the latest on Ireland's Homeless World Cup run in Mexico in which they are in the Telmex Tercel final today against Romania.

"If it's the wrong decision you commit 100 per cent, so be it, that's what you've got to do". "That's what you've got to do". Europe's grand-slam side have now won two of their past three meetings with the men in black.

It's just interesting to hear the emphasis Coles continues to put on instinct.

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