New Zealand's cynical play is not winning them many Irish friends
Taking Simon Zebo down by the neck was the final straw.
With the intensity of the Irish crowd growing and the home side pressing to find a way back into the game, New Zealand's 'win at any cost' approach was not finding favour with the Ireland fans.
One tackle on Simon Zebo looked particularly dangerous, as his All Black opponent cynically took him down by the neck as he powered forward.
It's what 'consumers' rather than fans watch rugby for. https://t.co/veJCs3KMMN
— Frank Coughlan (@fmcomment) November 19, 2016
Hey World Rugby. It's a yellow card for offside (Aaron Smith) and a yellow card for a flying clothes line tackle? #IrlVNZ
— Second Captains (@SecondCaptains) November 19, 2016
This is what happens when you make the big dog angry. Come on boys! #IREvNZL ☘️
— Carol Byrne (@Carolb10) November 19, 2016
He's very lucky that's only yellow, they've not like being beaten and want to inflict pain, been on or over that line all day #IREvNZL
— Daragh Ó Conchúir (@RebelDevil71) November 19, 2016
Surely red??? Peyper having a stinker
— luke fitzgerald (@lukefitz11) November 19, 2016
Attempted decapitation? Yellow card
— Rúaidhrí O'Connor (@RuaidhriOC) November 19, 2016