Ireland player ratings
The player ratings for Ireland in that impressive but ultimately heart-breaking defeat as Ireland came agonisingly close to defeating the All Blacks for the first time in over 100 years.
Rob Kearney - 9
His best game in a green jersey for some time, putting concerns about his personal health to one side and taking the game to New Zealand, while also defending heroically. Deserved his try.
Tommy Bowe - 6
The Ulster winger was up against a force of nature in Julian Savea and, while he held him in check for much of the afternoon, the All Black wing was the more influential of the two.
Brian O'Driscoll - 6
Not firing on all cylinders but as courageous a performance as ever from the greatest. No last hurrah against the only big gun he never downed; more injury woe forced him off.
Gordon D'Arcy - 8
Those calling for Luke Marshall might have to wait after D'Arcy rolled back the years with a gritty display in which he combined big carries, mighty hits and clever play.
Dave Kearney 7
Not given much opportunity to shine, but neither was Cory Jane, and he certainly looked accomplished in everything he did. The experience will stand to him come Six Nations.
Jonathan Sexton - 7
Left five points behind him and that will haunt him forever, especially the kick to seal it. Ireland would not have been in the position to win it without him, however.
Conor Murray - 8
Looked every inch a Lion as he took the game to the Kiwis from the off, scoring the try that set the tone and bossing Aaron Smith. Will regret his little chip in the final 10 minutes though.
Cian Healy - 8
Not many players bosh both Richie McCaw and Ma'a Nonu in their career, never mind one match. Back to his abrasive best until finally Beauden Barrett got the best of him.
Rory Best - 7
As fine a 15 minutes as one can produce in international rugby, Sean Cronin deputised well but Best's influence was missed. His broken arm is a huge blow for Ulster.
Mike Ross - 8
A stellar day for the Corkman who scrummaged well and was involved in the loose throughout, making yards with ball in hand and taking the game to New Zealand before coming off.
Devin Toner - 6
A mixed bag for the big man who secured good line-out ball and made a nuisance of himself, but spilled two restarts and cost Ireland a vital three points with a silly block on 52 minutes.
Paul O'Connell - 7
Led from the front and, even if he didn't hurt the All Blacks carrying the ball in the way the more dynamic men did, he still invariably retained possession and influenced the game.
Peter O'Mahony - 7
It was an absolutely ferocious 57 minutes from the Munster captain who gave the New Zealand ball carriers no time and space in what was a typically abrasive display.
Sean O'Brien - 8
His carries were laced with menace and he made himself a nuisance on the floor. Got on Nigel Owens' bad side during the second half and should have heeded the warnings.
Jamie Heaslip - 8
A tour de force, one slipped tackle on Aaron Cruden aside, he made 25 hits and carried a threat to the All Black pack throughout. Outplayed Kieran Read for most of the game.
Joe Schmidt - 7
He left Lansdowne Road devastated but his team have shown the way with a mammoth first-half display. His task now is to instil the belief, accuracy and impact off the bench needed to finish the job off in spring.
Sean Cronin (7) was thrown in early and survived.
Declan Fitzpatrick (8) was unrecognisable in the loose in the closing stages.
Jack McGrath (6) was unfortunate to be singled out by Owens in the all-important penalty.
Kevin McLaughlin (7) and Luke Fitzgerald (7) made an impact, but second-row Mike McCarthy (5) was quiet.
Ian Madigan not on long enough to rate.