Gordon D’Arcy: Ireland must retain courage and creativity against All Blacks

Both teams will make mistakes, the key will be who will respond better to them

Ireland’s James Lowe skips away from Yusuke Niwai of Japan during last Saturday’s win. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Ireland’s James Lowe skips away from Yusuke Niwai of Japan during last Saturday’s win. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. Not a line from Gladiator, but an admission that my sense of foreboding in relation to the Irish performance prior to the game against Japan was wildly misplaced. Ireland played with an attacking effervescence that I hadn’t seen since we beat the All Blacks in November 2018. It was uplifting to watch.

In his book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning and Unfair Game, Michael Lewis exposed the fallacy of simply trusting instinct and explained that baseball scouts, much like football scouts (or in this case an ex-rugby player) predicted performance and outcomes with a tendency to not only misjudge certain attributes but also to value the wrong attributes entirely.

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