Ireland lead New Zealand 9-6 at half time in their titanic clash at the Aviva Stadium.
That scoreline doesn’t tell the story however, with the home side dominating the attacking play against the best team in the world.
Johnny Sexton and Beauden Barrett have kicked the respective scores for both teams, but it was Ireland who were denied a try by the TMO.
After an advantage from the scrum just outside the New Zealand try-line, Sexton chipped the ball into the path of Rob Kearney. He looked to have touched it down for the opening try, but the TMO ruled that he had knocked the ball on.
The sequence came via just one of seven penalties that the All Blacks conceded in the first 40 minutes, and many of those occurred within their own 10 metre line.
Sam Whitelock was also lucky to avoid being sin-binned.
While it’s a stirring testament to the pressure Ireland have applied, the score remains close, and it caused much consternation among the RTÉ commentators.
It has also garnered some sharp reaction online.
— Pamela Fay (@PamelaFay) November 17, 2018
Wayne Barnes looking forward to half time. Left his yellow card in his kit bag #IREvNZL
— Andrew Campbell (@Andrewc88) November 17, 2018
If anyone finds Wayne Barnes yellow card might drop it into lansdowne Road at half time #IREvNZL
— Richard Moore (@Moorerichardpr) November 17, 2018
Clear cynical play from Whitelock. How is that not a yellow? But Willie Le Roux trying to intercept is? Gtfoh. #IREvNZL Some common sense needed from officials.
— MrMeeseeks (@MrMeeseeks86) November 17, 2018
One of the most intense halves of rugby I've ever seen. But I have this horrible feeling New Zealand will come out a different beast in the 2nd half. Ireland may regret not scoring when they were dominant. Not helped by Barnes allowing so many penalties go unpunished #IREvNZL
— T.J. Galvin (@t_j_galvin147) November 17, 2018
— Martin Costello (@MurtCos) November 17, 2018
No wonder ABs don't concede tries only penalties. Referees not applying the laws and as longas they don't the ABs will continue the way they play. #IREvNZL
— Derek Daly (@DerekDaly10) November 17, 2018
How many penalties can an international team concede in their own 22 without having a man sent to the sin bin? Rest of the world- probably 2. All Blacks- no one knows, still counting #IREvNZL
— Steve Graham (@ManeyHillMob) November 17, 2018
Shocking by Barnes, how many warnings have NZ had. How many times have the penalties been in the 22. Read had to go in the Bin for that last one. #IREvNZL
— Liam Lane (@liamivolane) November 17, 2018