Tuesday 17 October 2017

How the game unfolded

Ireland get the perfect start as Conor Murray goes over the All Blacks' line after coming out on top in the scrum. TMO confirms the try before Jonathan Sexton puts the finishing touch to a superb start by converting successfully.

Ireland get the perfect start as Conor Murray goes over the All Blacks' line after coming out on top in the scrum. TMO confirms the try before Jonathan Sexton puts the finishing touch to a superb start by converting successfully.

Ireland 7-0 New Zealand

10 mins

Ireland win a lineout and Jamie Heaslip and Rory Best carry up the middle. Sean O'Brien and Murray are there to offer support before Best takes up the momentum. The Ulster hooker dummies out wide but backs himself for the line and forces his way past a tackle to touch down. Try. Sexton converts two from two.

Ireland 14-0 New Zealand

16 mins

Sean Cronin replaces Best who goes off injured with what is later revealed to be a fracture to his hand.

17 mins

Ireland can begin to believe as Rob Kearney claims the third try with a sensational intercept score. The All Blacks' ruck is set and Aaron Cruden tries to spin wide right to the wing but Kearney anticipates it and intercepts before sprinting down the line from his own '22', to touch down. Sexton fails to convert as the ball strikes the left post and Ireland are left to rue what would eventually be a very costly missed two points.

Ireland 19-0 New Zealand

25 mins

New Zealand's Julian Savea collects from Cruden, evades Brian O'Driscoll and Rob Kearney in the '22', and touches down for the score. Cruden converts from wide left to reduce the deficit.

Ireland 19-7 New Zealand

32 mins

Richie McCaw breaks bind early in the scrum. Penalty awarded to Ireland and Sexton slots it between the posts for the last score before the break.

Ireland 22-7 New Zealand

40 mins

Ireland are through 13 phases before Healy knocks on and New Zealand break with a dangerous chip downfield. Rob Kearney saves the moment tracking back with speed and claims the bouncing ball, goes to ground and then back to his feet, before Heaslip gets back to secure the breakdown. Sexton clears to touch for the last action of the first half.

41mins

Sexton kicks off for Ireland at the start of the second half

49 mins

Following a sustained attack from the All Blacks (who have 90pc possession since the break) Israel Dagg goes for the line where he is held up by Murray and Rob Kearney. Ireland get an early escape as Nigel Owens goes to the TMO, who says no try as Dagg was held up.

51 mins

New Zealand's second-half attack yields its first score. Ireland are punished for blocking the breakdown and a penalty awarded against them. Cruden kicks over easily for the All Blacks.

Ireland 22-10 New Zealand

54 mins

Luke Fitzgerald replaces Brian O'Driscoll as the talisman's 108th international comes to a premature end due to a stinger injury.

55 mins

Cruden shanks a penalty wide from distance after O'Brien is penalised for playing the ball on the deck.

63mins

Ireland lose possession after winning their line-out. Mike Ross stops the New Zealand attack in the '22', but the visitors are now perfectly placed.

64 mins

New Zealand score their second try following their constant grinding of the Irish defence. Ben Franks crashes over the line before Cruden slots it over from wide left.

Ireland 22-17 New Zealand

73 mins

Disaster for Ireland as, after an interminable wait, Sexton poorly misses a penalty attempt which would later turn out to be crucial.

76 mins

New Zealand break up the left wing where Tommy Bowe comes across to make a cover tackle and put his opposite man into touch. Ian Madigan comes on for an injured Sexton.

80 mins

Hearts are in mouths as Ireland win back possession from the All Blacks' unrelenting attack. They put nine phases together before New Zealand are awarded a penalty with 15 seconds of normal time to go.

81 mins

Ireland's dream is over. The ball is spread wide to Ryan Crotty who scores in the corner. Owens refers to the TMO to ask if the ball was forward but the official correctly awards the try. Cruden misses the conversion at the first attempt but Owens orders a retake as the Ireland players are early off their line. Cruden doesn't miss this time and his kick claims New Zealand's comeback victory and completes their perfect season

Ireland 22-24 New Zealand

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