安迪-法雷爾:愛爾蘭教練稱新西蘭之行表明哪些球員有世界盃資格

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安迪-法雷爾:愛爾蘭教練稱新西蘭之行表明哪些球員有世界盃資格

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愛爾蘭教練安迪-法雷爾說,在新西蘭的兩場令人羞愧的巡迴賽失敗和不斷增加的傷病提供了一個理想的機會來評估他的隊伍中誰有世界盃的資格。

"法雷爾說:"沒有什麼比新西蘭之行更能讓你走上正軌並了解自己的情況了。

"誰能應對這樣的壓力?工作人員和球員。"

儘管這次巡迴賽是在北半球賽季結束時進行的,但法雷爾堅持認為他不會接受以疲勞為藉口。

"我們要看看我們的球員在後備方面是否有藉口,"法雷爾說。

"這樣做,對我來說,使我們作為一個團體更強大。它使我們為未來18個月將要發生的事情做好準備。"

愛爾蘭在下周六的第二次測試中知道,如果他們要保持他們贏得三場系列賽的機會,他們必須在新西蘭首次擊敗全黑隊。

儘管在伊甸園的比賽中,基思-厄爾士(Keith Earls)取得了比賽的第一次嘗試,愛爾蘭被東道主壓倒了,他們在上半場17分鐘內取得了4次觸地得分,完全控制了比賽,使他們在下半場更加均衡地控制了愛爾蘭隊。

然而,愛爾蘭隊多次被新西蘭隊出色的防守所阻擋,因為他們缺乏臨場發揮。

法雷爾承認這是周六失敗的一個因素,但他指出其他關鍵方面--爭球和擊球--是他們在英國裁判卡爾-迪克森的解釋下掙扎的地方。

愛爾蘭教練說,他將與Jaco Peyper強調這些問題,Jaco Peyper是南非人,他將控制達尼丁的第二次測試。

塞克斯頓必須在周一進一步通過HIA檢查

隊長約翰尼-塞克斯頓在上半場因頭部受傷而被換下,他必須在周一通過額外的評估才能參加達尼丁的比賽。

失去這位老將將是一個沉重的打擊,儘管法雷爾讚揚了球員喬伊-卡貝里的板凳貢獻。

由於詹姆斯-休姆和他的阿爾斯特隊友伊恩-亨德森一樣被排除在剩餘的巡迴賽之外,斯圖爾特-麥克洛斯基被徵召為替補。

前排的傷病也在增加,道具Jeremy Loughman和鈎手Dave Heffernan因為腦震盪而無法參加達尼丁的比賽,另一個Rob Herring也有健康問題。

Finlay Bealham在奧克蘭與Covid的比賽中被排除在外,而他的同伴Cian Healy因為腳踝問題沒有被安排在板凳上。

更讓法雷爾頭疼的是,萊恩斯特隊的埃德-伯恩本應在周六作為前排替補到場,但由於航班延誤,他不得不匆匆打電話給36歲的新西蘭前愛爾蘭隊主力球員邁克爾-本特,後者趕到伊甸公園待命。

"法雷爾說:"過去10天裡發生了很多事情,我自己都跟不上了。"但這就是比賽,我們必須找出自己的問題。

"如果我們在這次旅行中帶着五顆寶石離開,我們知道可以通過日復一日的好榜樣來發揮這種水平......那麼我們就在這次旅行中贏了。"


Last updated on .From the section Irish Rugby

Ireland coach Andy Farrell says two humbling tour defeats in New Zealand and mounting injuries provide the ideal chance to assess who has World Cup credentials within his squad.

"There's nothing like a tour of New Zealand to keep you on track and find out about yourselves," said Farrell.

"Who can deal with pressure like this? Staff and players."

Despite the tour falling at the end of the northern hemisphere season, Farrell insisted he won't accept fatigue as an excuse.

"We're to see if our players have got excuses or not in regards to backing up," Farrell said.

"Doing it that way, to me, makes us stronger as a group. It makes us ready for what's going to come our way over the next 18 months."

Ireland go into next Saturday's second Test knowing they must beat the All Blacks in New Zealand for the first time if they are to maintain their chances of winning the three-match series.

Despite a promising start at Eden Park as Keith Earls scored the game's first try, Ireland were overwhelmed by the hosts who scored four touchdowns in 17 first-half minutes to seize complete control of the contest, allowing them to hold the Irish at arm's length in a more even second half.

However, the Irish were held up by outstanding New Zealand defending on several occasions as they lacked a clinical edge.

Farrell admitted this had been a factor in Saturday's defat but pointed to other key aspects - the scrum and breakdown - as areas where they struggled with the interpretation of English referee Karl Dickson.

The Ireland coach said he would make a point of highlighting issues with Jaco Peyper, the South African who will control the second Test in Dunedin.

Sexton must pass a further HIA on Monday

Captain Johnny Sexton, who was replaced in the first-half with a head knock, must pass an additional assessment on Monday to be available for Dunedin.

Losing the veteran fly-half will be a heavy blow although Farrell praised the bench contribution of playmaker Joey Carbery.

With James Hume having joined his Ulster team-mate Iain Henderson in having been ruled out of the rest of the tour, Stuart McCloskey has been called up as replacement.

Front-row injuries are counting to mount with prop Jeremy Loughman and hooker Dave Heffernan unavailable for Dunedin because concussion and another Rob Herring also a fitness concern.

Finlay Bealham was a late exclusion in Auckland with Covid and fellow prop Cian Healy wasn't risked off the bench because of an ankle problem.

Adding to Farrell's headaches, Leinster's Ed Byrne was due to arrive as front row cover on Saturday but a delayed flight resulted in a hasty call to New Zealand-based former Irish prop Michael Bent, 36, who raced to be on standby at Eden Park.

"There's that much that's gone on over the last 10 days, I can't keep up with it myself," Farrell said. "But that's the game and we have to find out about ourselves.

"If we come away from this tour with five gems that we know can play at this level by being good examples day in-day out... then we've won on this tour."

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