All Blacks beware

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November 3, 2016
All Blacks beware

BURNING DESIRE: Ultan Dillane

Ireland's Dillane is ready to knock Kiwis off their winning path.

World champions New Zealand have weaknesses and Ireland are ready to exploit it when they square off in Chicago on Saturday (10pm).

Currently on a world record 18-match unbeaten run and having never lost to Ireland in 28 outings, coach Steve Hansen’s All Blacks enter the match as hot favourites.

Ireland lock Ultan Dillane begs to differ, though.

And after watching one of their closest encounters against the All Blacks on TV three years ago — a match in which they held a 19-0 lead to ultimately surrender 24-22, Dillane is ready to make a big impact.

The 22-year-old says: “‘I watched it at home. It was edge of the seat stuff.

“We should have definitely won that game. Definitely. We know, they know, it was ours for the taking but unfortunately it got away from us.”

Of the upcoming encounter the lock adds: “The belief has been there [that we can beat them] for quite a while.

“I don’t want to dwell on previous games but three years ago, we almost upset them at home.

“That is only a taste of what is to come. We think about how the team is at the moment not how things panned out in games from years ago.

“We don’t think they are invincible. They do have
weaknesses. We will try and exploit those.”

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