Ireland all out to break All Black drought
Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:10a.m.
Ireland lock Dan Tuohy says his side will be going out "all guns blazing" on Saturday in a bid to claim their maiden victory over the All Blacks.
Ireland were heavily beaten in their opening Test against the world champions, losing 42-10 in Auckland, but came agonisingly close to levelling the series last Saturday before going down 22-19 in Christchurch.
Dan Carter's drop goal with 60 seconds remaining sealed the win for New Zealand and gave them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
It also improved their remarkable record against Ireland to 25 wins in 26 meetings, with the other game finishing in a draw.
The All Blacks will be hoping to continue that run at Hamilton's Waikato Stadium, but they are unlikely to find it any easier against an Irish side who Tuohy insists are determined to build on their impressive showing in the second Test and finally get that elusive victory.
"From myself and the other lads, there is more to come. We will be looking to go out on Saturday with all guns blazing," said the Ulster player.
"I certainly don't think that was the best we could play. There were a lot of mistakes and stuff we left out there on the pitch.
"We've worked really hard as a group and we don't want to finish the season coming off the back of three defeats. We are desperate to right the wrongs of the last couple of weeks."
Ireland must do without Jamie Heaslip and Gordon D'Arcy for the final match after they suffered tour-ending injuries in Saturday's defeat.
However, Ireland team manager Mick Kearney has said that Keith Earls, who missed the second Test, was doing well with his rehabilitation and he remains in contention for a recall to the Irish backline.
Heaslip's absence opens door for Chris Henry to come into the side at No.8.
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