Joe Schmidt admits Ireland’s maiden two victories over New Zealand have denied his side the element of surprise in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final.
Ireland stunned New Zealand 40-29 in Chicago in November 2016, for their first win over the All Blacks in 111 years of trying.
Head coach Schmidt’s men then pulled off a first win over New Zealand in Dublin in November, with Jacob Stockdale’s try sealing a 16-9 triumph.
New Zealand have recalibrated their approach into a twin-playmaker system in part in the wake of those two Ireland losses and Schmidt knows that could ultimately now leave the All Blacks an even tougher prospect this weekend.
“We’re certainly not going to sneak up on them anymore; we’re not going to surprise them,” said Schmidt.
“I think they are well aware of how we play and what they are going to do to combat that, and what they are going to put into their own armoury to make sure that we are chasing them about.
“But I wouldn’t be a great believer in that you learn more from your losses, you learn more from every experience.
“There are so many variables that go into a result in a Test match that I learn from every win, loss or draw that we have, just because you get that little bit more information about an individual player, or how this sequence works or how that defensive map went at that particular time.