HAMILTON: New Zealand posted a record-breaking 60-0 thrashing of Ireland in their third and final test match at Waikato Stadium yesterday to complete a series sweep.
The All Blacks, who squeezed past the Irish with a last-gasp Daniel Carter drop goal in Christchurch last week, scored nine tries including two each to Sam Cane and Sonny Bill Williams, and had the game won at half-time leading 29-0.
Ben Smith, Hosea Gear, Israel Dagg, Liam Messam and Adam Thomson also scored as the world champions recorded their largest winning margin against Ireland.
The previous largest margin was 53 points, when the All Blacks won 59-6 in 1992. It was the third time in their 27 tests that the All Blacks have held Ireland scoreless.
"A wounded All Blacks side is a dangerous All Blacks side," New Zealand coach Steve Hansen said of the difference between last week's performance and the deciding test yesterday.
"We ... put them under pressure. We got gain line (advantage) and got quicker ball and with the backs we have got they're pretty elusive when they get quick ball."