Jacob Stockdale scores only try as Ireland earn historic win over All Blacks
• Ireland 16-9 New Zealand
• Ireland see out their second victory over New Zealand
Brutal does not even begin to describe the contest but for Ireland the outcome was as beautiful as any in their rugby history. For the first time they have beaten the All Blacks on Irish soil and not a single Kiwi can say it was undeserved. If New Zealand are still officially the world’s best team, it did not particularly feel that way at the final whistle.
It made for a legendary Dublin night. New Zealand may have escaped against England at Twickenham but not this time; the world champions were hassled and harried to distraction by a home team as composed and clinical as they were physical and powerful. A solitary 48th-minute try scored by Jacob Stockdale did not entirely reflect Ireland’s all-round dominance.