Monumental Ireland claim All Blacks scalp in Dublin

Monumental Ireland claim All Blacks scalp in Dublin

New Zealand will be favourites going into the match, but on home soil, anything is possible for an Ireland team that has managed wins against Argentina and Italy in recent weeks.

Brian O'Driscoll feels Ireland's best shot of victory over New Zealand is at least a 9 out of 10 performance, while containing the opposition to far below their peak level.

That was enough for Joe Schmidt's men to claim just their second victory over the All Blacks, after their triumph in Chicago two years ago, despite Barrett's late penalty.

New Zealand retained their world number-one status despite losing to number-two side Ireland - but head coach Hansen had claimed before the clash that the victor would swipe the global bragging rights. The back-to-back world champions didn't even score a try.

Ireland defended for their lives in the second-half and shut out the All Blacks, with the visitors tryless for the first time against a northern hemisphere nation since the 1995 clash with France.

After an advantage from the scrum just outside the New Zealand try-line, Sexton chipped the ball into the path of Rob Kearney.

The fit-again full-back rose highest to Sexton's bomb and wriggled over the whitewash, only to be judged to have knocked on in the act of grounding.

In a match billed as being the game of the November series, it was a brutal encounter, but the scoring was left to the respective kickers in the first half - Johnny Sexton and Beauden Barrett - as they traded a brace of three-pointers in the opening half-an-hour.

At this point, Sexton came crashing in to support his teammate and with momentum firmly with Ireland, this was one of those small moments when history seemed that little bit closer. Read charged down the effort and had the tryline at his mercy despite a 40-metre run-in - but bungled the ball forwards. Super try from Jacob Stockdale. Bundee Aki, 11. Jacob Stockdale, 10. Devastating back Rieko Ioane could be seen taking part in a catching drill in images from the session, while the recalled centre Ryan Crotty sharpened up his kicking ahead of what could well be an aerial bombardment at the Aviva Stadium.

One deep punt later and he outpaced the cover to the loose ball and dotted down, with Sexton's conversion making it 16-6.

Following an exhilarating first half, a couple of mistakes crept into the hosts' game at the start of the second period, with Peter O'Mahony dropping the ball and Stockdale nearly gifting a try to Kieran Read, but those two players soon made up for that.

Unlike some of the other Autumn Internationals, Ireland vs New Zealand won't be shown on Sky Sports or BT Sports.

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