New Zealand destroy Ireland 46-14 to set up semi-final clash with England

New Zealand destroyed Ireland in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals

New Zealand showed why they are overwhelming favourites to win their third consecutive Rugby World Cup title with a dominant 46-14 victory over Ireland in the quarter-finals.

The game was expected to be the tie of tournament so far but it was one of the most one-sided World Cup quarter-finals in recent memory.

Ireland were bidding to make the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in their history but fell behind early on.

New Zealand were camped in the Ireland half for the opening five minutes and were given a penalty when Jacob Stockdale was penalised for a deliberate knock on.

And the reliable Richie Mo'unga would make no mistake as he kicked the first three points of the game.

The All Blacks almost immediately got the ball back after the restart and were putting Joe Schmidt's side under huge pressure.

Ireland were defending well but their resolve was broken when Aaron Smith found a gap to score the first try of the game under the posts.

Mo'unga then kicked the conversion to make it 10-0 to New Zealand after 15 minutes played.

Watch Smith's first try below:

Ireland were making mistakes aplenty and they were soon staring at a 17-point deficit.

The All Blacks found space down the left hand side and Smith went over in the corner for his second try of the game.

Smith celebrates his first try vs Ireland

Mo'unga's conversion from a tight angle sailed through the posts to extend their lead further.

Watch Smith's second try below:

It was quickly turning into a rout. Ireland simply could not cope with a rampant All Blacks side and their lead was 22 points just after the half-hour mark.

Jonny Sexton lost the ball under pressure from Sevu Reece and Beauden Barrett broke away to score his side's third try of the game.

Mo'unga surprisingly missed the resulting conversion, which was at least some consolation for Ireland.

Watch Barrett's try below:

Ireland finally made their way inside New Zealand's 22-metre line in the closing stages of the half but they could not take their chance as Peter O'Mahony gave away a penalty.

The second half started in exactly the same manner as the first half: more All Blacks domination.

Beauden Barrett celebrates his try vs Ireland

And they extended their lead to 29 points just eight minutes after the break.

Kieran Reed's clever pop-pass released Codie Taylor and he had the easy task of going in under the posts.

The All Blacks had a convincing lead and were sailing through to the semi-finals but did not take their foot off the pedal.

They managed to score their fifth try of the game with just under 20 minutes remaining.

Matt Todd collected a cross-field ball and came within inches of the try-line. But New Zealand came roaring back and Reece went over seconds later.

It really was a miserable day for Ireland but they did have something to shout about when Robbie Hendshaw made sure his side weren't whitewashed.

New Zealand re-extended their lead to 34 points when George Bridge went over, only for Ireland to respond with a penalty-try.

Ireland were simply no match for New Zealand

And the two Barrett's would combine in the dying moments of the game, with Jordie Barrett putting the finishing touches on a dominant display by New Zealand.

What a performance by the All Blacks, who eventually won 46-14. They will now play England for a spot in the final.

The game will take place on Saturday October 26 and kick off at 9am. Don't miss it - it's going to be a cracker.

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