We owe you one: Jones’ early warning for Schmidt
Four wins from four in this November Test window and head coach Joe Schmidt can feel satisfied he is building a squad with plenty of strength in depth heading into a World Cup year. The victory over the All Blacks was all the sweeter for the absence of injured quartet Conor Murray, Seán O’brien, Dan Leavy and Robbie Henshaw while the second string took their chances in big wins over Italy and the USA. A hat-trick of tries for Andrew Conway capped a man-of-thematch performance. Conway could have had more than three tries and assisted both Jack Conan’s first-half score and a disallowed try for Luke Mcgrath after a high-speed break, chip, chase and gather. He was not the only standout with Garry Ringrose, pressed back into action after his All Blacks heroics, putting in another excellent 80-minute performance at outside centre and looking a class apart. New Zealand referee Ben O’keeffe sent Iain Henderson to the bin midway through the first half after the Ireland lock’s blatant collapsing of a maul that merited a penalty try for the visitors. The incessant resetting of scrums, however, did little for the sell-out crowd’s entertainment.