All Blacks v Ireland: 'Golden age' for Irish rugby

Angelo Anderson
November 18, 2018

"We knew we were going to have to play well, we knew we were going to have to attack them and go after them - we did that". Physicality and intensity wins test matches. "I feel we're in a pretty good space right now mentally, and physically we're in the best shape we can be as well".

The match itself was also billed as the number 1 and number 2 ranked teams in the world going head to head in Dublin, due to Ireland being the All Blacks nearest challengers in the world rankings.

Steve Hansen has challenged Ireland to live up to the tag of the world's best side that he has installed on Joe Schmidt's men.

"What it does do, I think, and I said this at the beginning of the week, you had the two best sides in the world playing each other, so, as of now, they're the number one team in the world".

Barrett quickly levelled the scoring again, this time with an effortless drop goal from distance, but Ireland continued to put the pressure on with 22-year-old lock James Ryan once more hugely impressive all over the park.

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Speaking to Channel 4 Sport after the game, Rory Best praised Ireland's defensive performance.

"There was still time for New Zealand and with 30 second remaining they moved into Irish territory".

Live streaming throughout the United Kingdom is available on Channel 4's website and through their official app.

"However the All Blacks are still odds-on favourites at 2/5 for the win, with Ireland at 12/5".

The All Blacks boss stuck to his word and even labelled Joe Schmidt's Ireland as the front-runners for next year's World Cup.

New Zealand though, don't play another worldwide until the summer which means Ireland could leapfrog them should they continue their Six Nations dominance from a year ago.

"The All Blacks are giving away seven points on the handicap at odds of 11/10 and as they showed last week they are still the masters of the comeback and we have the visitors to be behind at half-time but to go on to win at 5/1 from 9/2".

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