Brodie Retallick Ireland target first semi-final appearance as they prepare to face New Zealand

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Brodie Retallick Scrum-half Aaron Smith scored two early tries for New Zealand

The All Blacks took a stranglehold on the game with two tries by scrum-half Aaron Smith
Rugby World Cup quarter-final: Ireland v New Zealand
New Zealand:(22) 46
Tries:A Smith 2, B Barrett, Taylor, Todd, Bridge, J BarrettCons:Mo’unga 4Pen:Mo’unga
Ireland:(0) 14
Try:Henshaw, penalty tryCon:Carbery

New Zealand will meet England in the World Cup semi-finals after condemning Ireland to a seventh quarter-final exit with a 46-14 hammering in Tokyo.

Two tries from Aaron Smith and one by Beauden Barrett helped the All Blacks to a 22-0 lead at half-time.

The holders scored further tries through Codie Taylor, Matt Todd, George Bridge and Jordie Barrett.

Robbie Henshaw’s score and a penalty try did nothing to recover what was a disastrous display for Ireland.

Billed as the defining final chapter in Joe Schmidt’s tenure as head coach, Ireland’s World Cup in Japan will go down as another failure with no indication that the team are any closer to the world’s elite than they were when they exited at the same stage four years ago.

Ireland fell to their heaviest defeat in a World Cup match

This was Ireland’s second defeat in the tournament – their 19-12 Pool A loss to hosts Japan having deprived them of a last-eight meeting with South Africa and a possibly easier route to a first semi-final.

Meanwhile, the All Blacks will move into the semi-finals as even stronger favourites to lift a third successive Webb Ellis Cup than they were at the start of the tournament having produced a display that few, if any, sides would be capable of delivering.

All Blacks rise as Irish crumble

The narrative from the Ireland camp remained consistent throughout the week-long build-up: they had to produce an almost flawless displa

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