Wednesday 19 December 2018

The world media reaction to Ireland's victory including audio of a Kiwi commentator losing the plot at the final whistle

17 November 2018; Bundee Aki of Ireland celebrates at the final whistle of the Guinness Series International match between Ireland and New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
17 November 2018; Bundee Aki of Ireland celebrates at the final whistle of the Guinness Series International match between Ireland and New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

When the All Blacks are beaten by anyone it becomes a global news story and last night's triumph for Ireland was no different.

The reaction of Radio Sport/Newstalk ZB's Nigel Yalden' has gone viral in the southern hemisphere as he described the final moments of an epic Test match.

Listen below:

Listen to "Kiwi commentator loses it - Radio Sport's Nigel Yalden's big call!" on Spreaker.

The New Zealand media has been pouring over the game.

Gregor Paul in the New Zealand Herald wrote: "Ireland can now claim to be the best team in the world after producing a stunning performance that was brave, creative and relentless.

"They deserved the win and with it, they deserve to be seen as world rugby's best team even if the rankings don't agree.

"They were unbreakable. They were so resolute that you have to wonder what was in each and every one of heir engines."

"It will be a long, long time before we witness a performance that brave. They were the better team. They had an answer to everything the All Blacks threw at them and they never panicked, never looked overawed by the occasion."

Liam Napier in the same publication put Ireland's victory down to dogged defence, proper decision-making, aerial supremacy and attacking depth.

He said: "Now unbeaten in their past 11 home tests, Ireland found success putting the ball in behind the All Blacks and going to air; Johnny Sexton's high hoists proving difficult to defuse. They defended with heart and hunger to get off the line, and when that didn't work they simply held onto the ball.

"The All Blacks have now had flaws exposed this season by South Africa, England and Ireland and while it is far from panic stations, concerns are evident with the pinnacle event so close."

Robert van Royen on Stuff.co.nz has urged Kiwi fans not to panic.

He said: "It's certainly a far cry from past years, when the All Blacks were repeatedly accused of peaking between World Cups.

"Good thing Hansen has time. Sunday's loss to Ireland will mean diddly-poo come next year's tournament. Many won't even recall the exact score."

The Daily Telegraph's Tom Cary believes the performance was a vindication of Irish captain Rory Best.

He said: "There was no little irony in the fact that even as Ireland rose magnificently to the summit of world rugby - and they would be No 1 in the world today had England held on at Twickenham last week - we had the shrillest calls yet for the retirement of the man who has led them there.

"Ironic, but perhaps not altogether surprising. In many respects the national debate over Best’s selection - which has been going on for a while now - mirrors the one we have over here with Dylan Hartley."

Frederic Bernes in L'Equipe summed it up as follows: "Ireland is a small country with a big heart and a very big rugby team. These two qualities combined to overthrow the World Champions. The Irish choirs sang The Fields of Athenry' with all the fervour they could when the All Blacks fired their last bullet in the 80th minute. And suddenly, Brodie Retallick dropped the ball. The noise was phenomenal."

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