13 Jun 2010

Heaslip hit with five week ban after Irish rugby loss

4:06 pm on 13 June 2010

Irish loose forward Jamie Heaslip has been suspended for five weeks for foul play during the rugby test loss to the All Blacks in New Plymouth on Saturday night.

Heaslip was sent off in the 15th minute after the referee Wayne Barnes said he'd used his knee to strike All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.

He admitted using his knee twice but denied striking McCaw's head.

The IRB Judicial Officer Michael Cashman from Australia said the offending was in the mid-range of seriousness as the first strike was to the head.

All Blacks wallop Ireland

The All Blacks walloped Ireland 66-28 at New Plymouth on Saturday night, in the opening game of the test rugby season.

There was a feast of tries for the spectators, with Conrad Smith, Jimmy Cowan and Sam Whitelock each scoring two.

Ireland had been hoping to break a 105-year losing streak against New Zealand: a 10-10 draw in Dublin in 1973 was the closest the Irish have ever come to beating the All Blacks.

Brian O'Driscoll's team fought back well with three second-half tries but never recovered from an early onslaught by the All Blacks. The half-time score was 38-7.

It was the All Blacks' highest-ever score against Ireland. The Irish had to play most of the game with 14 men after Jamie Heaslip was sent off.

Carter smashes record

During Saturday night's match, Dan Carter became the first All Black to surpass 1000 test points.

Carter slotted 17 points on seven conversions and a penalty to move to 1011 points.

He joins an elite group comprising England's Jonny Wilkinson (1175 test points), Welshman Neil Jenkins (1090) and Italy's Diego Dominguez (1010).