All Blacks vulnerable after loss to Ireland, Wallabies, Peter FitzSimons

Ireland v New Zealand – Autumn International – Aviva Stadium
Ireland v New Zealand – Autumn International – Aviva Stadium

20 November, 2018

Hooker Dane Coles tackles Ireland's Bundee Aki.

How the New Zealand media reacted to Ireland's 16-9 win against the All Blacks in Dublin. With not so much as a semi-final appearance in the eight tournaments to date, Irish form at the global event is as hopelessly unimpressive as New Zealand's is persuasively strong, with their back-to-back wins in 2011 and 2015.

Ireland's victory by one superb try to nil in a glorious and uproarious clash of the reigning champions of the northern and southern hemispheres not only subverted the world rankings that still have the New Zealanders narrowly ahead of the coming men in green, but also painted a tantalising image of the two teams' next meeting being with the Webb Ellis Cup at stake in Yokohama, Japan, next November. "We want to be as good as we can be". "I thought it was for Tadgh (Furlong a prop) as he was outstanding", said Best.

"The depth of their experience, the number of centurions they've got - or guys with 70-80 caps - it is formidable and it would be a huge feather in these players' cap if they could topple them". "I wouldn't see any point doing that".

Ireland v New Zealand – Autumn International – Aviva Stadium
Ireland celebrate victory over New Zealand

"Like we've got some of the best players in the world who just play what they see in front of them". That he did and probably dispelled doubts about his ability to lead the team into the Six Nations and then the World Cup.

Jacob Stockdale's 12th try in just 14 Tests sealed Ireland's second-ever victory over New Zealand, backing up their maiden win over the All Blacks in Chicago in 2016, the 40-29 triumph.

In a testing year for Hansen and his coaching staff, the All Blacks have been beaten by both South Africa and Ireland, as well as been made to work for results over the likes of Argentina, France and England. "It's not rocket science it's everyone performing their role", said Schmidt.

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt and All Blacks coach Steve Hansen. Not only was it a pre-planned move but the purposeful Jacob Stockdale was still prepared to give it a go, despite having nearly presented Kieran Read with a free gift from a less successful chip a few minutes earlier. "It does take a lot of confidence to try it again", said Best. "He doesn't necessarily look very fast but you make your own luck with those chances".

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