Ireland and New Zealand locked horns in the Aviva Stadium this evening, two weeks after Joe Schmidt’s side scored a remarkable triumph in Chicago.
The All Blacks laid down a marker in the opening exchanges, scoring a try with their first attack.
Bloody hell. Relentless there. Never seemed likely to stop them #IREvNZ
— Joe Molloy (@MolloyJoe) November 19, 2016
Soon after, New Zealand were awarded a dubious try after Jonathan Sexton appeared to disrupt Beauden Barrett’s grounding having crossed the try-line.
Ireland took the game to the World Cup champions in the second half, attempting to claw back eight point deficit.
New Zealand’s Fekitoa was lucky to return to the field, after his high tackle was only deemed to be a yellow card.
Surely red??? Peyper having a stinker
— luke fitzgerald (@lukefitz11) November 19, 2016
Outrageous horrible filthy display by the All Blacks. I always admired their rugby but this is shocking. Ref has no balls either. #thuggery
— Michael Duignan (@DuignanMichael) November 19, 2016
Despite enjoying extended periods in the All Blacks’ half, Ireland failed to find a try, and found themselves trailing by five when the visitors turned up the heat around the hour mark.
This is an incredible game of rugby. Relentless, utterly relentless.
— Murray Kinsella (@Murray_Kinsella) November 19, 2016
Fekitoa then crossed the line after remarkable build-up play from Beauden Barrett and Aaron Cruden.
Incredible try New Zealand. Cosmic handling.
— Tom English (@BBCTomEnglish) November 19, 2016
Beauden Barrett is simply different gravy.
— Brian Barry (@briangbarry) November 19, 2016
That is a simply beautiful try. #AllBlacks
— david kelly (@dk3lly) November 19, 2016
The All Blacks had enough in the tank to see out the game on a score-line of 21-9, but Irish fans remained incensed with the referee’s performance.
Needed to be far more clinical in attack, and, well, have a better ref in charge.
NZ let themselves down, once more, in pursuit of victory.
— Ciarán Ó Raghallaigh (@Ciaran_O) November 19, 2016
Jaco Peyper can be heard laughing away on the ref mic. He’s having a great time out there. Not sure everyone would agree.
— Cian Tracey (@CianTracey1) November 19, 2016
Can someone show this to Jaco Peyper? pic.twitter.com/QixiJxYjWz
— Rugby Banter Page (@RugbyBanterPag3) November 19, 2016
Rory Best to Jaco Peyper: “There’s too much at stake” but he won’t have a look for a forward pass
— Cahair O’Kane (@CahairOKane1) November 19, 2016
Jaco Pyper is one the worst refs in the game! A touch judge at best #IREvNZL
— Yasin Browne (@yasinbrowne) November 19, 2016
#JacoPeyper used to be a brilliant ref, but he’s had some shockers this year, especially when it comes to the TMO. Turning epic into a joke
— Jano du Toit (@JanoDuToit) November 19, 2016
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