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Sunday 17 December 2017

O'Driscoll v New Zealand

David Kelly

David Kelly

Ireland 29 New Zealand 40


Ireland 29 New Zealand 40

Warren Gatland's finest hour was ultimately his last. Ireland led after an hour with tries from Kevin Maggs, Denis Hickie and Eric Miller, but a late scoring burst gave the All Blacks the win.

JUNE 15, 2002


New Zealand 15 Ireland 6

Ronan O'Gara missed three of four shots on goal as, despite an O'Driscoll drop- goal, a late Leon MacDonald try condemned Ireland to agonising defeat.

JUNE 22, 2002


New Zealand 40 Ireland 8

Aaron Mauger sold O'Driscoll for an early dummy as the All Blacks ran in one of five tries in a heavy defeat again notable for O'Gara's wayward kicking.

JUNE 25, 2005


New Zealand 21 Lions 3

A horrific occasion for O'Driscoll as an early spear tackle from Keven Mealamu and Tana Umaga ended his Lions tour after only a couple of minutes on a chastening day in the rain.

JUNE 7, 2006


New Zealand 34 Ireland 23

An O'Driscoll try, as he brilliantly cut inside Joe Rokocoko and Ma'a Nonu, helped Ireland come within nine minutes of victory, but they were undone by late penalties from Luke McAlister and a Troy Flavell try.

JUNE 17, 2006


New Zealand 27 Ireland 17

An inspirational performance wasn't enough for Ireland as McAlister's try and a 14-point match saw off the brave Irish challenge.

JUNE 7, 2008


New Zealand 21 Ireland 11

Conrad Smith evaded O'Driscoll to set up one of the two tries that saw off a grimly determined Irish side, who again came so close to breaking their duck.

NOVEMBER 15, 2008

Croke Park:

Ireland 3 New Zealand 22

The second leg of a 'Grand Slam' northern hemisphere win for the All Blacks as they comfortably fended off Ireland at the home of GAA.

JUNE 12, 2010

New Plymouth:

New Zealand 66 Ireland 28

A record romp for the home side. Jamie Heaslip was red-carded for kneeing at a ruck and O'Driscoll's 40th Test try was merely a consolation as Ireland stemmed the bleeding in an academic second half after trailing 38-7 at the break.

NOVEMBER 20, 2010

Lansdowne Road:

Ireland 18

New Zealand 38

Dan Carter inspired the New Zealanders, who led by just six at the break, before pulling away, O'Driscoll's try the only second-half score for the home side.

JUNE 9, 2012


New Zealand 42 Ireland 10

Debutant Julian Savea scored a hat-trick as Ireland opened their first ever three-match tour in the Land of the Long White Cloud under a dark one.

JUNE 16, 2012


New Zealand 22 Ireland 19

Ireland led 10-0 thanks to Conor Murray's try and were on the verge of a famous draw until Dan Carter's late drop-goal preserved the All Blacks' unbeaten record against the Irish.

JUNE 23, 2012


New Zealand 60 Ireland 0

So close a week earlier, Ireland remained further from ever to claiming a historic win after a humiliation featuring nine tries.

Irish Independent

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