Titanic Ireland All Blacks clash sets Twitter alight with praise
NEW Zealand's last-gasp win which left Irish fans devastated was hailed as one of the greatest ever sporting comebacks.
Fans and celebrities took to Twitter to discuss the game within minutes of the final whistle.
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness wrote: "A mighty game of rugby – we didn't win but the Irish team deserve our admiration & thanks for a magnificent effort. Respect to the All Blacks."
Chat show host Piers Morgan added: "Heart-break for Ireland. But credit to the All Blacks, one of the greatest sporting comebacks ever."
Former England rugby player Will Greenwood said: "I am absolutely staggered. Hands shaking. Sport is an incredible thing. Dreams and nightmares realised in seconds." Sports presenter Clare Balding said: "That awful, empty feeling when you know you had it won, then had the draw and then have nothing."
Ireland's heroics also earned plaudits from other sports stars.
Arsenal footballer Aaron Ramsey wrote: "Amazing drama with the retaken conversion. Gutted for Ireland but that's why NZ are so good."
QPR footballer Joey Barton said: "Hats off to Ireland, they were brilliant today." Turning to New Zealand, he added: "That's how you make history. Not with prettiness but with hard work, togetherness and determination."
Ex-boxing champ Barry McGuigan wrote: "What a magnificent performance by Ireland against the All Blacks."