A historic night in Dublin that will live long in the memory of Irish rugby fans for years to come, as Joe Schmidt’s charges defeated the All Blacks on Irish soil for the first time ever.
Ireland dominated the best rugby team on the planet, with Jacob Stockdale’s second-half try helping them to a 16-9 victory, as New Zealand succumbed to their nearest challengers in the world rankings.
The rugby world is still reacting to the incredible Irish victory, with even the staunchest of All Black defenders back in New Zealand being forced to admit that the Boys in Green had the Kiwi’s number of this occasion.
One man who had a memorable reaction to the All Blacks’ second loss in their last three games against Ireland was Radio Sport/Newstalk ZB’s Nigel Yalden who absolutely lost his mind in the closing seconds of the game as Brodie Retallick’s knock on handed Schmidt’s side the victory.
Yalden, although clearly disappointed in an All-Blacks defeat, sounded as though he massively enjoyed the game between the two best sides in the world.
Speaking to the media following the game, New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen was quick to congratulate Ireland but outlined that he was disappointed in his sides performance.
“Firstly I would like to just congratulate Ireland,” Hansen said.
“I thought they played outstandingly well, deserved the win. They took the opportunities that they got, there weren’t a lot in the game. They took their one and we just couldn’t take ours. I thought our discipline in the first half let us down a wee bit too but in saying that, I’m very proud of our team, too.
“They showed a lot of courage and heart and you couldn’t knock the effort. Even if the execution wasn’t as good as we would have liked. The effort was world class and we just got beaten by a better team.”