After 111 years and 18 defeats, the national squad of Ireland has beaten down All Blacks in Chicago, Saturday. It is the first time that the Irish players won against New-Zealand (40-29). In the same time, they have stopped the unbelievable series of world’s champions (18 victories). Their last loss dates back to August 2015 in Australia.
Ireland received a standing ovation from the stadium of Chicago. The team dominated their opponents in every field, Steve Hansen, headcoach of New-Zealand was very angry about that : “Ireland played better than we did and deserved to win!”
Ireland won 33-8 at the half-time ! All Blacks have reacted with 27 points in 12 minutes but with encouragements of the public, Robbie Hershaw marked the point of victory at four minutes from the end, to finish on a 40-29 historical game.
It is the second time that the Stadium of Chicago could see a historical moment this week. The club of baseball, Chicago Cubs have won for the first time the title on World Series Championship after 108 years of waiting.
By Icapi Gaetan, IEJ 1D
Tonight begins the European Rugby Champions Cup with the match between Leicester and Stade Français. That “mini crunch” is not a vulgar confrontation. Indeed, this pool game stages a famous English Club.
And all the people in the country are expecting a victory. They have not forgotten the “October fiasco”. England, a big nation of the rugby planet was soiled during The World Cup last month, as the country organized its the 8th edition. Unfortunately for England’s team, it was unsuccessful. Moreover, it was a very cataclysm because the Rose was not even able to reach the final board. It was the first time in history that England was eliminated at the first round.
However, that humiliation may be a potential stimulator for the players. And it begins today at 19:45. This open game is also an important event for France. Though “Les Bleus” have been beaten by the incredible New Zealand in the Quarter Final, future winner of the competition, everybody can obviously say that the “French Flair” has fallen in a “Black Hole”.
Tonight’s match might be a starting revolution or a descent into hell for one or the other.
Jean-Baptiste Graziani, IEJ3E Group 2