Cape Town – Ireland produced a superb display to ensure a monumental and deservedly deserved victory over New Zealand after a 16-9 victory at Aviva on Saturday.
In a game announced as the November game, it was a brutal encounter, but the score was left to the respective first-time kickers – Johnny Sexton and Beauden Barrett – as they traded a pair of three points in the opening half hour.
Sexton then gave the hosts the advantage of the break when they moved 9-6 in the lead, before Jacob Stockdale increased the buffer in the second period.
That was enough for Joe Schmidt's men to claim only their second win over the All Blacks after the Chicago triumph two years ago despite Barrett's final penalty.
Similar to Last Week's Test at Twickenham, it was a confrontational opening with the hosts physically testing the world champions, but this time the All Blacks were much more aggressive in the early exchanges. They controlled the game and pressed the opposition line, but for the home's credit, they produced an excellent defensive set to deny this threat.
Ireland was duly rewarded a few minutes later when she moved to Visit 22 and, after an impediment violation, Sexton kicked forward.
Back came New Zealand and after a big penalty off, Barrett was impressively on target for the tee to level issues at the end of the first quarter.
Steve Hansen's men had not yet managed to reach a good pace, and the penalty count increased, giving Schmidt the chance to put the visiting team under pressure.
Ireland was fierce with the ball in hand, forcing their opponents to miss, and their half-fly regained their lead with three points.
The All Blacks once again responded through a Barrett drop goal but Emerald Isle was the dominant team and Sexton deservedly gave them a three-point buffer going into the break.
Following an exciting first half, some errors entered the hosts' game early in the second period with Peter O & # 39; Mahony losing the ball and Stockdale almost trying to Kieran Read, but the two players soon compensated. at that.
First, O'Mahony won a penalty shoot-out before the wing took over, producing an individual glow to help take Ireland 10 points ahead. It was a great job as Sexton and Bundki Aki combined to give Stockdale some space on the short side but there was still a lot to do and the Ulsterman finished brilliantly.
That was the decisive score, although the visitors increased the pressure in the middle of the second half. Barrett, having gone to the sideline after the arrival of Richie Mo? Unga, probed the wider channels, but the defense of his opponents always cleared.
Barrett reduced tee times, but the All Blacks were tactically naive at times in the later stages, running the ball when they were not on the pitch, and Ireland stood stubbornly to set a score for the World Cup.