Ireland have beaten the All Blacks

Lewis Collier
November 18, 2018

Two years after their maiden triumph over the All Blacks in Chicago, Joe Schmidt's side treated the Aviva Stadium crowd to a slice of glorious history on Saturday.

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.

Rattled, New Zealand's penalty count inched towards double figures as another Sexton penalty gave Ireland a 9-6 halftime lead, a poor return for their dominance.

"As I said earlier in the week this was number one versus number two in the world", Hansen said.

"They have become a team that believes in themselves and prides themselves on what they do".

While there's still a while to go, the performance bodes well for Ireland ahead of their Six Nations defence in February and more importantly, the Rugby Word Cup in Japan next autumn.

Irish media have hailed Ireland as the world's best rugby team after conquering the All Blacks in Dublin for their first win over New Zealand on Irish soil.

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar led the tributes to Joe Schmidt's side, dubbing them the "best in the world".

Asked if Ireland are now World Cup favourites, Schmidt said: "The World Cup?"

"I've huge respect for Steve, Fozzy, and Scott MacLeod, their coaching staff".

"It's their turn at the moment so we'll see how they cope with that". You don't tour many places that are like this country and the people are great, and they're getting a bit of success that they've longed for, for a long, long time, and they've taken the monkey off Munster's back, haven't they?

When the time came, Stockdale proved the hero at the other end, making no mistake with a kick over the top which he chased down and dotted over the line.

Barrett closed the gap to seven points with his third penalty but Ireland saw the game out, keeping the world's best pinned back in their own half and claiming a second famous victory in two years. So those things we can fix pretty quickly.

"We've got to work hard to make sure we're ready for the USA".

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