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The Stats Don't Lie: Youngsters impress in record win

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Aaron Cruden set up three tries during just 23 minutes of play. Photo / Getty Images
Aaron Cruden set up three tries during just 23 minutes of play. Photo / Getty Images

The 60-point winning margin in this test match was the largest ever by the All Blacks over Ireland, and it was also the third time the All Blacks have kept Ireland scoreless and the 10th time they've kept them try-less.

Aaron Cruden may have only played 23 minutes of this match, but in that time he set up three tries - two from offloads in the tackle - made three runs for a gain of 42 metres, three tackles, and kicked two conversions before leaving the game injured.

Sam Cane scored two tries to cap off a night that saw him top tackler for the All Blacks with 16 tackles and two assists, six ball carries for a gain of 35 metres, three offloads in the tackle, and he was in the first three to the breakdown on 24 occasions.

Regardless of what position he plays, Richie McCaw continues to power through the work. This week he was in the first three to the breakdown 31 times, made 15 tackles and 11 assists, nine ball carries for gain of 30 metres, took four lineout throws, and won two breakdown turnovers.

Luke Romano made the most of his debut with nine ball carries for a gain of 42 metres, eight tackles and four assists, four lineout takes, and was in the first three to the breakdown on 19 occasions.

Liam Messam had his best game in the black jersey, he was their third best tackler with 13 tackles and four assists, took two lineouts, and made six ball carries for a gain of 39 metres including setting up Sam Cane's second try as well as scoring his own.

The All Blacks made eight linebreaks to Ireland's two, with Liam Messam and Sonny Bill Williams both making two.

Overall the All Blacks only missed eight tackles and made 134 in this game.

Ireland missed 24 of their 117 tackles, with their top tacklers being Sean O'Brien with 11, Peter O'Mahoney with eight, and Brian O'Driscoll with seven.

O'Brien starred for Ireland making 13 ball carries for a gain of 30 metres, 11 tackles, and he also won two breakdown turnovers.

Ireland lost two of their 15 lineouts in this game, both being overthrows.

The All Blacks' jumpers won all 14 of their lineout throws in this test, and did not lose a single lineout throw in the entire three test series against Ireland.

There were only 15 penalties in total awarded in this test, but Rob Kearney was the recipient of a very dubious yellow card from referee Romain Poite for a supposed deliberate knockdown and during his spell in the sin bin the All Blacks rattled up 15 points (one penalty, two tries and one conversion).

This test victory was Richie McCaw's 94th which sets a new record for test wins by a player, previously held by Australia's George Gregan.

Tracey Nelson

Stats guru Tracey Nelson crunches the numbers

Tracey Nelson is a rugby statistician who looks closely at the numbers of every Super 15 and All Blacks test to give a concise answer to which players and teams are leading the way on the field.

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