Brian O'Driscoll seeks better Ireland kick-chase
Impressed by the State of Origin aerial dogfights, Brian O'Driscoll is demanding his chasers replicate the rugby league players' enthusiasm during tomorrow night's test at AMI Stadium.
A lack of urgency when chasing Jonathan Sexton's kicks in the first test 42-10 defeat offered the All Blacks time to counter-attack and Irish captain O'Driscoll believed his players absorbed some inspiration from Wednesday night's inter-state battle.
"If you saw the Origin match, you know, how many times they said `our kick is only as good as our chase'," O'Driscoll said.
"I think they really set the standard in kick-chase and how much pressure and territory and momentum you can create from a good kick-chase."
Maybe O'Driscoll is also hoping they can draw some inspiration from NSW winning 16-12 to draw 1-1 and give themselves the chance to end Queensland's six-year dominance of the Origin series.
Ireland are still searching for their first win over the All Blacks in 25 matches.
Fullback Rob Kearney is also hoping Ireland manufactures a busier attack to ensure he is more unemployed in defence after the All Blacks resisted kicking and elected to retain possession to exert pressure at Eden Park.
"Nine tackles, I think my stat was," Kearney said. "That's more than I made in the whole Six Nations."
But Julian Savea's hat-trick in his test debut was not giving him nightmares.
Instead, Kearney wanted the supply of ball to be hacked off "closer to the heart".
"We gave him a lot of space and they exploited that really well. I suppose, with those tries, he didn't have to work overly hard for them. Israel (Dagg) put him in for two really nice ones and Dan Carter put him in for another one."
Savea's spectacular tackle on Kearney, which created a penalty, had not been forgotten either.
"Yeah, I got a nice smack. When they sniff blood like that they can counter, they dominated very well and it was a cheap three points to give away. But we will go again."
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