13 Jun 2010

McCaw gives All Blacks pass mark for first test win of the year

6:37 am on 13 June 2010

The All Blacks have opened their international rugby season with a 66-28 demolition of Ireland in New Plymouth but captain Richie McCaw wasn't entirely happy with the performance.

Ireland played most of the match with just 14 men after number eight Jamie Heaslip was sent off for kneeing and All Blacks player and in the final 20 minutes with the game already won the All Blacks defence leaked several late tries.

McCaw says the game was a solid first hitout for the All Blacks but there are some defensive issues to sort out.