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Ireland v New Zealand - Story of the match

Published 05/11/2016

Robbie Henshaw was a key man for Ireland
Robbie Henshaw was a key man for Ireland

Ireland's class of 2016 stamped their names into the history books as Joe Schmidt's side dispatched New Zealand 40-29 in Chicago - for their first win over the All Blacks in 111 years of trying.

Three days after the Chicago Cubs ended a 108-year drought to land baseball's World Series, Ireland lit up Soldier Field with their maiden win over the All Blacks at the 29th attempt.

New Zealand's record-breaking winning run was halted at 18 Tests in the windy city, with Robbie Henshaw powering home for Ireland's fifth and decisive try.

TWEET OF THE MATCH:

"Holy Jaysus! Just woke up from a MAD dream - I was in Chicago and Ireland beat The All Blacks to win The World Series!!! #WTF #IREvNZL" - Irish comedian @PatricKielty is in dreamland.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH:

Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw powering home for the fifth and decisive try, cutting a brutal line off Jamie Heaslip's number eight break.

STAR MAN:

Robbie Henshaw, Ireland: Simply indefatigable under the weight of history, pressure and expectation.

STAT OF THE MATCH:

Ireland ended 111 years of waiting for a win over New Zealand, victorious at the 28th attempt.

VILLAIN OF THE DAY:

Aaron Smith had one of his worst showings in an All Black shirt. The scrum-half is way behind TJ Perenara in the current pecking order and was rightly hooked early in the second-half.

RATINGS:

IRELAND

Rob Kearney 8

Andrew Trimble 8

Jared Payne 8

Robbie Henshaw 10

Simon Zebo 9

Johnny Sexton 8

Conor Murray 9

Jack McGrath 9

Rory Best (capt) 9

Tadhg Furlong 8

Donnacha Ryan 8

Devin Toner 8

CJ Stander 9

Jordi Murphy 8

Jamie Heaslip 8

Replacements:

Sean Cronin (for Best, 70) 8

Cian Healy (for McGrath, 60) 8

Finlay Bealham (for Furlong, 56) 8

Ultan Dillane (for Ryan, 64) 9

Josh Van der Flier (for Murphy, 25) 8

Joey Carbery (for Sexton, 58) 8

NEW ZEALAND:

Ben Smith 7

Waisake Naholo 7

George Moala 8

Ryan Crotty 6

Julian Savea 5

Beauden Barrett 6

Aaron Smith 4

Joe Moody 5

Dane Coles 5

Owen Franks 5

Jerome Kaino 4

Patrick Tuipulotu 4

Liam Squire 5

Sam Cane 6

Kieran Read (capt) 5

Replacements:

Codie Taylor (for Moala, 71) 5

Ofa Tu'ungafasi Moody, 60) 5

Charlie Faumuina (for Franks, 63) 5

Ardie Savea, (for Cane, 60) 4

Malakai Fekitoa (for Crotty, 25) 5

Scott Barrett (for Kaino, 44) 6

TJ Perenara (for Smith, 44) 6

Aaron Cruden (for Naholo, 55) 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Ireland v Canada, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Saturday, November 12

Italy v New Zealand, Rome, Saturday, November 12

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