Brodie Retallick Superb All Blacks outclass Ireland to set up Rugby World Cup semifinal with England

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All Blacks humiliate Ireland 46-14 in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals to set up a showdown with England.

The All Blacks might want to send Joe Schmidt a sympathy card after they destroyed Ireland’s World Cup campaign in Tokyo Stadium.

One thing’s for sure, they didn’t show the slightest bit of remorse as they walloped the Irish 46-14 by scoring seven tries to two in their quarterfinal on Saturday night.

Brodie Retallick All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith celebrates after scoring his side's first try against Ireland at Tokyo Stadium.

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All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith celebrates after scoring his side’s first try against Ireland at Tokyo Stadium.

When the All Blacks, who will meet England in the semi in Yokohama next weekend, flexed their muscles they made Ireland’s defensive line, which is organised by Andy Farrell, look like it had been organised over a few pints and a game of darts.

You name it, the All Blacks did it.

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Brodie Retallick All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith is congratulated on his second try by Richie Mo'Unga and Jack Goodhue.

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All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith is congratulated on his second try by Richie Mo’Unga and Jack Goodhue.

Cross-kicks, pop passes in the tackle, transfers quickly off the grass and runners tearing in on angles. It was designed to get in behind the rush defence, to put Ireland into the outhouse.

It will also have England coach Eddie Jones demanding his analysts issue footage on every try and line break ahead of the semifinal. Here’s the tip: those guys are in a for a big shift because the All Blacks gave them plenty to get their teeth into.

Brodie Retallick All Blacks fullback Beauden Barrett claims a high ball under pressure from Ireland counterpart Rob Kearney.

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All Blacks fullback Beauden Barrett claims a high ball under pressure from Ireland counterpart Rob Kearney.

So, for now, Schmidt will have to go into retirement – he has said he wants to spend time with family – wondering if there was anything he could have done to avoid this embarrassment.

Truth is, Ireland never looked like winning this. Not even close. And the All Blacks could have piled on more tries if a few more passes had stuck.

Brodie Retallick All Blacks wing George Bridge is tackled by Ireland defenders CJ Stander and Keith Earls at Tokyo Stadium.

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All Blacks wing George Bridge is tackled by Ireland defenders CJ Stander and Keith Earls at Tokyo Stadium.

Halfback Aaron Smith scored two tries, along with another from Beauden Barrett, as the All Blacks led 22-0 at the break. Game over.

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