Ireland put a hell of a performance on Saturday night to beat All Blacks in Dublin for the first time.
The men in Green fought and recognized that the page ranked a place above them at the top of the world and their performance was encapsulated by the lion-hearted Peter O & Mahoney, who was simply colossal.
Jacob Stockdale really showed up, having almost cost his side game the first attempt with a blocked chip to then, just a few minutes later, make the only attempt with a titanic contest of a similar move.
The game started with All Blacks on the offensive but an excellent defense from Ireland, and Josh van der Flier and CJ Stander in particular earned a crucial penalty in their 22th.
It was an early momentum switch because their rattled opponents showed some real indiscipline throughout the first half.
The concession of a third penalty in a hurry resulted in Johnny Sexton kicking Ireland forward in the 11th minute and a big hit by Toner, immediately backed up by his partner Ryan, forced Brodie Retallick to lose possession.
Stirring things but then a promising attacking position was wasted when Best lost the ball to the ceiling – and Jack Goodhue's kick-chase upfield forced Jacob Stockdale to recognize a 17-minute penalty that Barrett kicked over.
Liam Squires was lucky not to look yellow for a high tackle on Stander in the midfield and soon after standing Standing over the line after an effective run that was orchestrated by Rory Best.
The pressure stayed on All Blacks and, with a penalty advantage, Sexton's chip deeply disappears in enemy territory Goodhue and fell to Kearney – but he knocked at the crucial moment.
Sexton split the post anyway, but two minutes later, Barrett resumed parity with a drop in the knowledge that he had a penalty advantage anyway.
Ireland's backbones continued forward, led by James Ryan and Cian Healy, but could not find a way through.
But All Blacks warned by ref Wayne Barnes and Sexton kicked the playoff in half to make it 9-6.
Five minutes after the restart, Stockdale calculated his lucky stars. He showed that he could collect an approval, he only tried a cheeky chip to be blocked by Kieran Read, but he then knocked a try on the cards.
It did not stop the 22-year-old who decided to chip Retallick – one of the highest men on the pitch – before he won the contest with Aaron Smith for the line.
Sexton's 50-minute conversion made it a 10-point game and the intensity just went up from there.
But a good opportunity was wasted by Ireland when a line exit near the All Blacks line was lost.
Cue seans of Lansdowne as All Blacks, realize that they could not afford to recognize another attempt, threw kitchen sinks on their hosts.
The fact that they were frustrated repeatedly dropped to a number of Irish people, but in particular, Mahony, who made a 61-minute trial, then won the vital trading ball near his own line three minutes later.
Unfortunately, it was his last act that he stopped. Sixteen went almost with him, but soldier on, although Rob Kearney also retired, along with Best and Tadhg Furlong.
A high tackle of Sexton at sub Richie Mo's youth allowed Barrett to reduce the deficit to seven with 10 to go to add the drama.
But Sexton hit the air before he came out after touching Ben Smith in touch, maybe it felt inevitable – which came when Retallick hit hard when All Blacks attacked desperately in 80 minutes.
How did the players play:
Rob Kearney 8
Keith Earls 9
Garry Ringrose 8
Bundee Aki 8
Jacob Stockdale 9
Johnny Sexton 8
Kieran Marmion 8
CJ Stander 9
Josh Van Der Flier 9
Peter O & # 39; Mahony 10
James Ryan 8
Devin Toner 9
Tadhg Furlong 8
Rory Best 8
Cian Healy 8
Jack McGrath 7
Luke McGrath 8
Iain Henderson 8
Andrew Porter 7
Sean Cronin 7
Jordan Larmour 7
Joey Carbery 7
Damian McKenzie 6
Ben Smith 5
Jack Goodhue 7
Ryan Crotty 6
Rieko Ioane 6
Beauden Barrett 7
Aaron Smith 6
Kieran Read 6
Ardie Savea 7
Liam Squire 6
Brodie Retallick 5
Sam Whitelock 6
Owen Franks 6
Codie Taylor 7
Karl Tuuku inukuafe 6
Scott Barrett 7
Richie Mu 'onga 6
Nepo Laulala 7
Anton Leinart-Brown 6
TJ Perenara 6
Matt Todd 6
Dan Coles 6
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