New Zealand vs Ireland player ratings: Beauden Barrett man of the match in Rugby World Cup 2019 win

We run the rule over both teams after New Zealand reached the last four

Samuel Lovett
Tokyo Stadium
Saturday 19 October 2019 13:02 BST
Rugby World Cup 2019 in numbers

New Zealand thrashed Ireland in Tokyo and will play England in the Rugby World Cup 2019 semi-finals.

Ireland saw both Garry Ringrose and Robbie Henshaw go off to have blood injuries treated within the first few minutes as New Zealand took an early lead through a Richie Mo'unga penalty. Further All Blacks pressure then told twice in the space of five minutes as scrum-half Aaron Smith spotted gaps that only he could fit through to put his side 17-0 up after the first quarter with a deadly double.

It had been a nightmare start for Schmidt's men and it got even worse on 32 minutes as Beauden Barrett showed some tidy ball skills when he chased his own kick through from a Johnny Sexton spill to score New Zealand's third try.

All hope was gone for Ireland just seven minutes after the restart as Codie Taylor flopped over the line following a sublime Kieran Read offload, while Dane Coles added to the misery as he bundled over on the hour mark as New Zealand stretched 34-0 ahead. But Ireland avoided becoming the first team in World Cup history to fail to score in a quarter-final when Robbie Henshaw scored a late consolation.

It was never anything more than that, however, with George Bridge adding New Zealand's sixth try shortly after.

Check the above gallery to see how we rated players from both teams.

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