Heartbreak for Ireland as All Blacks show their class, as it happened

Heartbreak for Ireland as All Blacks show their class, as it happened

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80 mins Ireland pressing forward. 23 phases.

77 mins The All Blacks are using all their experience here, managing the final moments very well.

75 mins New Zealand back to 15 men for the final few minutes. Ireland need a try.

72 mins Ireland almost get a try but they are just held up. Sensational defending from the All Blacks and Barrett in particular.

Penalty Ireland and they kick into the corner.

Ireland 24 New Zealand 28

69 mins Ireland give away yet another penalty. Barrett doesn’t miss this time.

67 mins Ireland give away a penalty and Barrett pulls it wide.

66 mins So how is everybody getting on?

SIN BIN New Zealand – Codie Taylor

IRELAND 24 New Zealand 25



56 mins Blow for Ireland as Mack Hansen is forced off with another injury to his calf and he is replaced by Jimmy O’Brien.

Ireland 17 New Zealand 25

53 mins Brilliant from the All Blacks and Will Jordan goes down in the corner, lethal pace. Conversion from Barrett is also superb.

Ireland 17 New Zealand 23


52 mins Ireland looked to be making serious headway but New Zealand get back in their numbers and reclaim possession. 

46 mins Smith leaves the sinbin so we are back to 15 v 15.

45 mins Peter O’Mahony nearly catches a kick to the corner but he just can’t get both hands on it.


On ITV former Irish skipper Brian O’Driscoll reckons the yellow card for All Blacks number 9 Aaron Smith was a tad harsh as there was cover but Wayne Barnes thought otherwise. Ireland will have the extra man for the opening five mins of second period.

Time to take a breather. It’s the perfect time to read Paul Rouse’s interesting piece on how a Donegal man was essential to establishing rugby as New Zealand’s national sport.

HALF TIME – Ireland 17 New Zealand 18

CONVERSION JOHNNY SEXTON – Ireland 17 New Zealand 18

39 mins The pressure tells, the brave decision to go for the corner rather than the penalty pays off thanks to Gibson-Park.

Ireland 15 New Zealand 18

TRY FOR IRELAND – Jamison Gibson-Park

38 mins Another penalty for Ireland, another Sexton kick to the corner.

37 mins New Zealand down to 14 as Smith is shown a yellow card. Ireland go for the corner, going for the try before half time.

34 mins Great pressure from New Zealand and Savea finishes in the corner. They miss the conversion though.

Ireland 10 New Zealand 18


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31 mins Ireland force a big turnover, great tackle as well b

…. to be continued
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