New Zealand media dissects 111-year Irish win over All Blacks — RT Sport News





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An 111-year hoodoo was broken on a famous day in Dublin as the Irish rugby team claimed their first win on home soil against the New Zealand All Blacks, prompting the New Zealand media to herald the Irish as the world’s best.

After more than a century of coming up short, the Irish rugby team claimed a second victory in as many years against successive World Cup winners the New Zealand All Blacks in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening, edging the visitors out by a score of 16-9
This time though, on the hallowed Dublin turf, felt more comprehensive than the win against an under-strength All Blacks side in Chicago 24 months ago.
Saturday’s test match between the world’s top two teams, the champions of the northern and southern hemispheres, had been marked on the rugby calendar for more than a year as the most pivotal international match of the season.
It was worth the wait. A brilliantly worked second-half score from Jacob Stockdale proved the difference between the two sides as the world champions struggled to create anything against a dogged Irish defence. It was the first time since 1995 that the All Blacks, the world’s top ranked side for nine years straight, had been held tryless against a team from the north.
And it wasn’t for a lack of trying, either.
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The atmosphere in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium was at fever pitch from the get-go. The All Black haka, the centuries old Maori war-dance with which they begin each game, was met by unified Irish resistance, as the Irish squad took a few steps forward in acceptance of the challenge as the ravenous crowd roared their appreciation.
The stage, and the atmosphere, was set for a frenetic 80 minutes as the world’s best sides went toe-to-toe and at the end, it was the men in green who were still standing.
Several Irish players marked themselves are heroes. Peter O’Mahony, Ireland’s stoic flanker, was immense until his body finally gave way on the hour mark and the talismanic Jonny Sexton bossed the midfield and, crucially, outplayed his opposite number – two-time world player of the year Beauden Barrett.
“ Brutal does not even begin to describe the contest but, for Ireland, the outcome was as beautiful as any in their rugby history. For the first time they have beaten the All Blacks on Irish soil and not a single Kiwi can say it was undeserved. If New Zealand are still officially the world’s best team, it did not particularly feel that way at the final whistle ,” Robert Kitson wrote in The Guardian of the win.



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