The unbeaten run is over, 19 games and over a year since they last came off second best in a test match and Ireland has beaten New Zealand 40-29.
There were echoes of the 2013 meeting of these two rugby nations when Ireland surrendered a 22-7 lead to end up losing by two points, however, they not only clung onto their lead, but pushed even further to end up with a convincing win.
Questions were raised over Joe Schmidt’s selections, particularly with some new blood on the bench, but the risk seems to have paid off with Schmidt and the Irish team reaping the rewards, having put an end to a record-breaking run for The All Blacks.
Tries from Murray, Stander, Henshaw, Murphy and Zebo ensured that Ireland put any rumours that they were lacking young talent to bed. However it is not all doom and gloom for the Kiwis; they had not one but two Barrett’s on the pitch with Scott Barrett, brother of the amazing Beauden Barrett, making his debut. With a third Barrett brother waiting in the wings could this signal the emergence of a new family in the history of rugby greats?
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