Ireland stun All Blacks to lay down Rugby World Cup marker

Karl Tu'inukuafe right holdsthe Hillary Shield with Jack Goodhue after the All Blacks' win over England at Twickenham last weekend

Karl Tu'inukuafe right holdsthe Hillary Shield with Jack Goodhue after the All Blacks' win over England at Twickenham last weekend

But it should be clear to all that the lineout set move which created the only try, finished by Jacob Stockdale, of the absorbing test in Dublin was another example of Schmidt's creativity.

For Ireland, who claimed an 11th successive home win, it was their second victory under New Zealander coach Joe Schmidt in four meetings with the All Blacks, having recorded their first-ever in Chicago in 2016.

"[But] This will be very useful as this team hasn't suffered many [defeats] over the past three years", he said. - New Zealand's Beauden Barrett has scored 106 Test points in 2018, the most of any player and one of just two (Handre Pollard, 100) to have reached a century this year.

All Blacks skipper Kieran Read said there were no excuses. "They looked really good on paper though". Conversion: Johnny Sexton. Penalties: Sexton (3).

"Full credit to Ireland, they took their chances on the night".

It was harsh on Italy, who were the superior side in the opening half hour before the Wallabies finally clicked into gear, with two tries before the break from Marika Koiroibete putting them 14-0 up.

The All Blacks once again responded via a Barrett drop-goal, but the Emerald Isle were the dominant outfit and Sexton deservedly gave them a three-point buffer going into the interval. Jonathan Sexton, 9. Kieran Marmion, 1.

"Yeah, [it did remind me of that game] but we couldn't lose this one", the head coach told RTE Sport after the 16-9 win.

"From first minute to last, you couldn't take your eyes off it".

He received the ball from Aki and then chipped, outstripping the defence to collect it before barging over despite Aaron Smith's desperate tackle. The absence of Conor Murray for Ireland is huge.

Sexton converted brilliantly for 16-6. Furlong hasn't looked back since that day, and is seen by most as the best tighthead in world rugby right now.

"The World Cup? In 12 months' time?"

Ireland host New Zealand in tonight's blockbuster Autumn International from Dublin.

Flanker Peter O'Mahony exemplified Ireland in the middle of the second half when he swiped a grubber kick just in front of All Blacks wing Ben Smith in the Ireland 22, then trapped ruck ball to force a penalty against the All Blacks to thwart another attack.

"The World Cup in 11 months' time?"

"When we play like that and we are not rewarded, I'm angry". Sam Whitelock, Liam Squire and Nepo Laulala joined Dublin hurler Chris Crummey at the memorial as part of a tour of the Irish capital.

"I think as a collective team. they are all pretty relieved".

Despite a positive start for the Pumas with Ramiro Moyano touching down after less than two minutes, the hosts fought back for a first win since March's Six Nations victory over England.

"Would that try change the game?"

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